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Detroit Red Wings’ 2023-24 Team Awards – The Hockey Writers – Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings' 2023-24 Team Awards - The Hockey Writers - Detroit Red Wings

With the regular season and Detroit Red Wings season itself reaching its end (a few games left in the regular season for other teams), it was a heartbreaking end for Red Wing fans and the team. But with that being said, there were plenty of bright spots and some major highlights with the play this season. The Red Wings saw a number of newcomers, standouts, and surprises, so who takes home the end-of-the-season awards for the team?

Most Valuable Player – Dylan Larkin

The man who seemingly drove the bus this season for the Red Wings (while healthy) was the captain himself, Dylan Larkin. When Larkin was on the ice, he brought the type of energy and leadership that is commonly seen by a team’s captain. Whether it was making a strong play defensively on a back check, a big-time penalty kill, or scoring some of the team’s biggest goals this season (five game-winning goals), he was their most valuable player when in the lineup.

This was evidently clear when Larkin went down to injury for a span of eight games at the beginning of March, and the team seemed to struggle and had the life somewhat sucked out of it. But with 71 in the lineup, the entire roster always seemingly had another boost to itself, and he helped push the team to another level throughout the season.

Honorable Mention: Lucas Raymond

Best Newcomer – Patrick Kane

When Steve Yzerman brought in the 35-year-old forward, many did not know what to expect after he underwent a major hip surgery that only a few NHL players have had (and that they have not found success afterward). But the man simply known as “Showtime” was every bit of that nickname for the Red Wings this season. It did not take very long for Patrick Kane to get himself acquainted and rolling in a winged wheel jersey and find the chemistry between himself and former Chicago Blackhawk teammate, Alex DeBrincat.

In the 50 games that Kane played this season, he averaged just under a point per game (47 points), including a handful of big-time goals for the team. With him in the lineup, there was added energy to the lineup and in Little Caesars Arena itself, with the fans buzzing to see one of, if not the greatest American-born NHL player play.

There are hopes amongst the fan base that Kane and the organization link back up for another contract, as he is a pending free agent this offseason. Either way, he gave the fans some excitement and something to remember in the short time…

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