2016-17 Red Wings Outlook: Darren Helm


Darren Helm

POSITION: Center/Wing

AGE: 29

CONTRACT: 2016-17 will be the first year of a five-year contract with an average cap hit of $3.85 million

2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATS: 77 games, 13 goals, 13 assists, 32 penalty minutes, -2 rating

2015-16 PLAYOFF STATS: Five games, one goal, six penalty minutes, -1 rating

CAREER REGULAR SEASON STATS: 443 games, 72 goals, 90 assists, 112 penalty minutes, +10 rating

CAREER PLAYOFF STATS: 82 games, 11 goals, 10 assists, 28 penalty minutes, -7 rating

A versatile and speedy forward, Helm’s value to the team was displayed numerous times last season. Used in a number of different roles throughout the year, his value to the team was expressed in his new contract which spans over the next five years.

Although expecting more offense from Helm than we’ve seen over the last few seasons (career high of 15 goals in 2014-15) is probably unrealistic, he has proven that he can effectively take on numerous different roles. He saw time in the top-six mix last season (where he played a large portion of the season), as well as time on the third and fourth lines (where he was more effective), saw regular time on the second power play unit, and is also an integral part of the team’s penalty killing unit.

Defensively, Helm’s tenacity and forechecking ability has made him a very reliable asset, which is also expressed in his consistent time on the penalty kill. He is also no stranger to physical play, as he finished fourth on the team with 165 hits last season.

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Helm’s speed and skating ability is generally how he creates the majority of his offensive chances, but his ability to finish those chances has been questioned. His durability has been questioned in the past as well, but he has played in 152 of 164 regular season games over the last two years.

BIGGEST QUESTION: Will Helm remain in the mix for a top-six spot in the forward stable, or will he settle in on the third line?

2016-17 PROJECTION: 78 games, 12 goals, 16 assists

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