The Red Wings revealed a set of new jersey numbers via Twitter earlier today.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 31, 2016
With it available, it comes as no surprise that Frans Nielsen takes the #51 he wore with the New York Islanders.
As Tomas Jurco has the #26 he usually wears, I’d expected Thomas Vanek to take the #27 made available by the departure of Kyle Quincey. Instead he flips the number and takes #62. He’ll be the first Red Wing to ever wear that number.
I’d thought that Alexey Marchenko might see a new number this year to represent his solidified roster spot. While I thought he’d get the #4 formerly worn by Jakub Kindl, instead he went the opposite direction and took the #53 he’s been wearing internationally.
The #4 ended up going to Teemu Pulkkinen, switching from #56. I’m on the record as disliking forwards wearing numbers that low. He becomes the first forward to wear #4 for the Red Wings since Colin Campbell in 1985.