Now that Dylan Larkin has officially been named to the Red Wing’s opening day roster, the Red Wings are going to have to part with one of their fringe players with a one year deal: Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro or Joakim Andersson. All NHL teams have until 5 pm Tuesday to submit their full roster to the league. My prediction for the odd-man out for the Wings?

Joakim Andersson

Andersson has been a mainstay on the Wings fourth line and has played the penalty kill during his two full seasons with the team. The Wings selected Andersson in the 3rd round in 2007 and at 6’2”, he has good size but has never shown a willingness to use it (sound familiar, Wings fans?). The reason he is the odd-man out?

Special teams.

I firmly believe Detroit has carved out a roll to use Teemu Pulkkenin as a heavy-handed shot on the off-wing on the power play. Landon Ferraro brings speed, grit and energy to the team and will be a solid contributor on the checking line and the penalty kill.

After 184 games with the Wings, it’s safe to say that Andersson has hit his ceiling as merely a solid defensive forward. Also, Andersson probably has the best chance to slip through waivers unclaimed and start the season with Grand Rapids.

The case could be made for all three players to make the squad if Darren Helm is not ready to start the regular season, though one will have to go when he is activated.

If Dan Cleary makes the roster over any of the three, I won’t know what to do with myself.