25-Year-Old Center – Detroit Red Wings
Riley Sheahan Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Red Wings on a two-year, $4.15 million contract in June of 2016.
Sheahan registered a primary assist to break a tie in the first period of Sunday's game against the Penguins. The Red Wings would end up with a 5-2 road win.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Sheahan, a 2010 first-round draft pick, was a reliable, if unspectacular contributor in his first full NHL season in 2014-15, netting 13 goals and 36 points in 79 games. Though he's just 23 years old, it's unlikely Sheahan ever develops into a true fantasy star at the center position, but he should enjoy a long, productive career as the Wings' second-line pivot and as a viable member of the secondary power-play unit. With Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) expected to miss the first month of the season, Sheahan should stick in a top-six role initially, but Datsyuk's eventual return figures to push the young center to the third line now that offseason acquisition Brad Richards is in the fold. That could be enough to prevent Sheahan from noticing a pronounced spike in production, but it shouldn't be interpreted as a disappointment if it happens.
Sheahan was part of the youth revolution in Detroit in 2013-14, registering 24 points in 42 games with the Red Wings. The line of Sheahan, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar was dynamite during the regular season, but the former has a little more competition at center than either of the latter have on the wing. Sheahan will have to fight for a roster spot in the fall, but certainly has the talent to make the team and the chemistry to persist with his linemates from the spring.
Sheahan briefly saw time with the Red Wings in 2012-13, but was sent back down to get more experience. He is likely to stay in Grand Rapids for that very reason in 2013-14.