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Detroit Stunned: Yakovenko flies off to Switzerland

Star prospect Alexander Yakovenko has unexpectedly left the Detroit Red Wings, returning to Switzerland, just as the regular season gets underway. The 24-year-old defenceman was expected to play a big part in the team's quest to return to the playoffs, having failed to qualify in each of the last four seasons.

Initially acquired from Dallas as a key piece in the Drew Doughty trade, Yakovenko was convinced to move on from EV Zug, where he'd been a point per game player. Asked to take a couple seasons to get used to the North American ice, Yakovenko offered a steady attacking presence on the backend, and was presumed to be ready to take the next step.

And it wasn't just Detroit GM Kevin Smith who thought that would happen. "Ever since he came over, I've been constantly getting calls from other GMs looking to acquire him, including several just this week" seemingly referring to the rumoured offers from San Jose, Anaheim, and Dallas. Toronto was also reportedly very interested, offering up former 1st round pick Isaac Ratcliffe and a 3rd or 4th round pick for Yakovenko, having previously tried (and failed) to convince Smith that Wilhelm Westlund was an adequate match.
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TEAM INFORMATION
General Manager Kevin Smith
Hired N/A
AHL Affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins
Stadium Little Caesar's Arena
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TEAM HISTORY
Season
GP
W
L
OTL
T
PTS
Result
09/10
82
31
41
10
0
72
Did Not Qualify
10/11
82
19
55
8
0
46
Did Not Qualify
11/12
82
28
45
9
0
65
Did Not Qualify
12/13
82
44
27
11
0
99
Lost in WCSF
13/14
82
37
40
5
0
79
Did Not Qualify
14/15
82
39
35
8
0
86
Did Not Qualify
15/16
82
34
43
5
0
73
Did Not Qualify
16/17
82
51
24
7
0
109
Lost in ECQF
17/18
82
43
29
10
0
96
Lost in WCQF
18/19
82
38
38
6
0
82
Did Not Qualify
19/20
82
36
37
9
0
81
Did Not Qualify
20/21
82
21
49
3
9
51
Did Not Qualify
21/22
82
32
37
3
10
74
Did Not Qualify
DRAFT PICKS OWNED
Year
Picks Owned
2022
2023
WPG 2; TB 3; PHI 4; ARZ 5.
2024
FLA 2, NYR 2; DET 3; DET 4; DAL 5.
2025
DET 1; DET 2; DET 3; DET 4; FLA 5.

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