How Big of an Impact Will a Healthy Stephen Weiss Make for Detroit Red Wings?

November 25th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

When Stephen Weiss signed a five-year, $24.5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, I thought it was a great deal for general manager Ken Holland. Henrik Zetterberg is an amazing top-six forward who often rotated between wing and center, so adding Weiss gave the team a viable second-line center.

With the Florida Panthers, Weiss was a quality 60-point center, so it was assumed he’d produce on a deeper team. Things haven’t gone to plan thus far for both parties, and Weiss just made his return to the lineup on Monday after a conditioning stint in the AHL.

The 31-year-old veteran scored two goals in Monday's victory over the Ottawa Senators, and now that he appears to be healthy, what kind of impact can Weiss have for Detroit? If he is deployed in the same manner going forward that he was against the Senators, his return to the lineup can address one of the team’s biggest needs.

Secondary scoring has been a sore spot for Detroit thus far this season. The top lines featuring Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar have produced. The bottom tier ...

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