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The Detroit Red Wings Stock Exchange: Week Six - Octopus Thrower

Seider is one of the most important pieces currently on the roster, and every week he just reinforces that notion. The young defenseman’s stock is somehow still on the rise.

Hronek is another defenseman with surging stock. He’s rebounding from a mediocre year, seemingly rejuvenated by a different role and a new pair-mate (Nick Leddy). The young defenseman looks comfortable in his role as a top-four defenseman; he’s one of the most consistent defenders on the roster, and he has a good combination of slight offensive upside (second most points among defenseman on the team) and a strong defensive skillset.

Hronek nabbed a goal against the Islanders, his second of the season. And no, it wasn’t on an empty net. It’s nice to see Fil rewarded with one, as it reflects the solid stretch of play he’s having.

DeKeyser made his return from COVID protocol against the Predators Wednesday night, and boy, was it a rough homecoming. It’s unfortunate considering the circumstances, but DeKeyser just looks like a shell of his former self on the ice. He’s a step slow and just looks out of place on the roster, especially when paired with Seider.

DeKeyser’s stock is already pretty low, but it dipped further after the loss to Nashville. It’s going to be a rough few weeks if injures/COVID keeps Danny on the top-pairing.

I’m going to cheat here and go with a team issue instead of an individual player. Detroit’s thinning defensive lineup was especially evident in the loss to the Predators, as players like Dan Renouf and DeKeyser struggled while filling in the gaps on defense. Marc Staal is on COVID protocol, Gustav Lindstrom is hurt and Troy Stecher is still injured. The next few weeks are going to be rough on the backend, especially considering the quality of the upcoming competition.