The Detroit Red Wings are taking the next step in their rebuilding process this season, and have a new man in the crease in the form of ex-St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso. He was acquired by Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman earlier this offseason, and he'll be teaming up with Alex Nedeljkovic, whom Yzerman acquired in a similar lopsided deal last offseason from Carolina.
But just how good will the new-look tandem fare this season?
Per ESPN's Greg Wyshynski, the Husso/Nedeljkovic tandem is just outside the top 1/3 in the NHL, coming in at No. 12 overall. Take a look at Wyshynski's reasoning behind his ranking:
"The hope for Detroit here is that Nedeljkovic is better than he showed for most of last season and that Husso is exactly who he seemed to be in a breakout campaign with the St. Louis Blues. Ned's save percentage dropped .031 points from his Calder finalist season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was down analytically across the board too, including a negative-6.9 goals saved above expected.
Husso was on the opposite end of that spectrum: 25-7-6 with a .919 save percentage, at one point usurping Jordan Binnington as the Blues' top netminder. Money Puck had him at 13.5 goals saved above expected, good for ninth in the League. The Red Wings are slowly improving the quality of their roster as their young prospects mature. The goalies will benefit from that; and if Husso proves to be the real deal, the Red Wings might even be a contender this season. Clear Sight Analytics has them sixth overall in preseason rankings."
Nedeljkovic racked up a 20-24-9 record with a goals against average of 3.31, a save percentage of .901, and four shutouts last season. Meanwhile, Husso enjoyed a strong 25-7-6 record with a 2.56 goals against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts as he wrestled the starter's role away from Jordan Binnington.