Wings make final cuts (sorta): Moritz Seider among the last to be sent down.

Thanks to some internet sleuthing by fans, we all found out about 30 minutes before the team announced that Moritz Seider would be sent down to Grand Rapids today:

Seider turned out to be telling the truth, as the Wings’ official Twitter confirmed that Big Mo plus Michael “Don’t Call me Dennis” Rasmussen and the entire spate of players who cleared waivers at noon today will be sent down.

As it stands, here’s the current Wings roster:

Red Wings Roster as of 29Sep2019

8Justin AbdelkaderLWL6-2213Muskegon, Michigan2/25/872005 Draft (2/42)
15Chris TerryLWL5-10202Brampton, Ontario4/7/89Signed, 7/1/18
39Anthony ManthaRWL6-5234Longueuil, Quebec9/16/942013 Draft (1/20)
41Luke GlendeningCR5-11191Grand Rapids, Michigan4/28/89Signed, 7/5/13
43Darren HelmLWL6-0192St. Andrews, Manitoba1/21/872005 Draft (5/132)
46Chase PearsonCL6-2200Alpharetta, Georgia8/23/972015 Draft (5/140)
51Valtteri FilppulaCL6-0189Vantaa, Finland3/20/84Signed, 7/1/19
59Tyler BertuzziLWL6-1199Sudbury, Ontario2/24/952013 Draft (2/58)
61Jacob de la RoseCL6-3215Arvika, Sweden5/20/95Waivers, 10/17/18
67Taro HiroseLWL5-10162Calgary, Alberta6/30/96Signed, 3/12/19
70Christoffer EhnCL6-3195Skara, Sweden4/5/962014 Draft (4/106)
71Dylan LarkinCL6-1198Waterford, Michigan7/30/962014 Draft (1/15)
72Andreas AthanasiouLWL6-2188Woodbridge, Ontario8/6/942012 Draft (4/110)
73Adam ErneLWL6-1212New Haven, Connecticut4/20/95Trade w/ TB, 8/14/19
81Frans NielsenCL6-1186Herning, Denmark4/24/84Signed, 7/1/16
3Jared McIsaacDL6-1196Truro, Nova Scotia3/27/002018 Draft (2/36)
17Filip HronekDR6-0183Hradec Kralove, Czech Rep.11/2/972016 Draft (2/53)
21Dennis CholowskiDL6-2197Langley, British Columbia2/15/982016 Draft (1/20)
22Patrik NemethDL6-3228Stockholm, Sweden2/8/92Signed, 7/1/19
25Mike GreenDR6-1210Calgary, Alberta10/12/85Signed, 7/1/15
52Jonathan EricssonDL6-4218Karlskrona, Sweden3/2/842002 Draft (9/291)
65Danny DeKeyserDL6-3190Detroit, Michigan3/7/90Signed, 3/29/13
74Madison BoweyDR6-2202Winnipeg, Manitoba4/22/95Trade w/ WSH, 2/22/19
83Trevor DaleyDL5-11199Toronto, Ontario10/9/83Signed, 7/1/17
35Jimmy HowardGL6-1218Syracuse, New York3/26/842003 Draft (2/64)
45Jonathan BernierGL6-0185Laval, Quebec8/7/88Signed, 7/1/18

Astute counters-to-23 will notice there are 26 names on this list, three more than the Wings are allowed to carry into the official start of the season (deadline being Tuesday the 1st at 5pm).

The three odd names left are Jared McIsaac, Turner Elson, and Chase Pearson. McIsaac is hurt and neither of the other two played the Wings’ preseason finale on Saturday. I’m assuming they’re also hurt and will join the injured reserve as the deadline passes (like Evgeny Svechnikov did when he was hurt in last year’s preseason).

[Update: Chris Terry has also been assigned to the Griffins]

This is basically because the CBA allows for players who would otherwise be sent down and are hurt in the preseason to continue to take advantage of NHL-level treatment. If they’re hurt, they won’t count against the roster. If they’re healthy enough to be sent down, they will.

As it stands now, here’s my best guess on the opening night lines:

Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou - Valtteri Filppula - Taro Hirose
Adam Erne - Frans Nielsen - Christoffer Ehn
Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Justin Abdelkader
(Jacob de la Rose)

Patrik Nemeth - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Dennis Cholowski - Madison Bowey
(Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley)

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

As always, go grain-of-salt here with me. Ericsson is a reserve because he’s hurt. Daley just hasn’t looked good. There’s this tidbit from Blashill on Cholowski that makes me believe he’ll be in though: