The Detroit Red Wings have several talented prospects playing in the CHL, boasting players who offer a mix of both offensive talent and physicality. There are three players in the OHL, two in the QMJHL and three from the WHL.
Petr Mrazek, G, Ottawa 67's
Acquired: 5th round (141st overall) in 2010
While Mrazek was one of the top goalies in the OHL through the first ten games of the season, his play has slowed down a bit since. He has started in 23 of Ottawa's 26 games this year, posting a 3.10 goals against average and .910 save percentage.
Starting so many games, it can be speculated that his play as of late may be caused by being overplayed a bit this season. Yet, even with his struggles, the 67's remain at the top of the of the OHL's Eastern Conference.
Mrazek was signed to an entry-level contract on October 19th, showing that the Red Wings have faith in the Czech netminder.
Alan Quine, C, Peterborough Petes
Acquired: 3rd round (85th overall) in 2011
Playing on a line with Matt Puempel (OTT) and Austin Watson (NAS), Quine is putting together a fairly impressive 2011-12 campaign for the Peters. Peterborough is in fourth overall in the OHL's Eastern Conference, thanks in part to Quine's offensive contributions.
Through 26 games, Quine has put up 10 goals and 18 assists, for 28 points. Continuing on this pace, he will certainly surpass his previous high point total of 42 points.
Quine will still have another year in the OHL to earn a contract from the Red Wings, as he does not have to ink a deal until June of 2013.
Ryan Sproul, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Acquired: 2nd round (55th overall) in 2011
Paired with Colin Miller on the Sault Ste. Marie blue line, Sproul has enjoyed a solid year with the Greyhounds so far. While the team is middle of the pack in the Western Conference, Sproul's play has been anything but average.
Through 26 games with the Hounds, Sproul has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points, which is places him at third in scoring for the team. He also boasts an impressive plus-13 rating, suggesting that he is shoring up his defensive game as well.
While the Red Wings have not signed him to a contract yet, it is a safe bet that Sproul will be inked to a deal sooner rather than later.
Tomas Jurco, RW, Saint John Sea Dogs
Acquired: 2nd round (35th overall) in 2011
After a solid 2010-11 campaign with the Sea Dogs, Jurco was entering the year with high expectations and more responsibility with the team. His training camp with the Red Wings was a bit shaky, as he suffered a hip flexor injury and was unable to play much. However, once he returned to Saint John, Jurco showed why Detroit selected him with their first pick in the 2011 draft.
Playing on the Sea Dogs' top line with Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) and Zack Phillips (MIN), Jurco has amassed 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in just 24 games. The line's offensive success is a big reason why Saint John's is currently at the top of the QMJHL's standings and leading the league in goals for with 141.
Should Jurco keep up his scoring pace, he will shatter his previous point total of 56, winding up in the neighborhood of 80-90 points on the year.
Xavier Ouellet, D, Blaineville-Boisbriad Armada
Acquired: 2nd round (48th overall) in 2011
The 2011-12 season has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Ouellet. He has faced the Montreal Juniors moving to Blaineville-Boisbriad and the weight of being named the captain of the team.
His six goals and nine assists are pretty much consistent with his scoring pace from last season; however his penalty minutes have gone up exponentially. While he is not really known as a scrappy player, Ouellet has three fighting majors. Combined with his minus-12 rating, and it can be speculated that he feels some pressure to be overly physical as the captain and a veteran of the Armada.
Ouellet has a ton of potential and has led the Armada to first place in their division. As long as he can continue to put up points, he should grow into the responsible, offensively gifted defender the Red Wings expect him to become.
Brooks Macek, C, Calgary Hitmen
Acquired: 6th round (171st overall) in 2010
Much like the Calgary Hitmen, Brooks Macek's season has had its ups and downs. With his team sitting near the middle of the Eastern Conference standings, Macek has put together a relatively strong season thus far.
In 24 games, he has put up six goals and 12 assists for 18 points. While he was playing at a point-per-game pace at the beginning of the year, he slowed down a bit as the season wore on. It is possible that having to carry the offensive load for the team early in the season caught up to Macek a bit.
All things considered, he is having a solid year for the Hitmen, who have been very strong as of late. In his fourth year in the WHL, Macek will be looking to improve his point totals if he wants to earn a contract by June 1st.
Richard Nedomlel, D, Swift Current Broncos
Acquired: 6th round (175th overall) in 2011
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all Red Wings junior players is Nedomlel. The team drafted the 6'4, 202 pound Czech native for his physical and defensive play, yet he has shown this year that he can be an offensive threat as well.
In 28 games with the Broncos, Nedomlel has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points, already surpassing his 2010-11 totals. He has also maintained his physical level and gritty play, as he has 39 penalty minutes on the year including one fight.
While the Broncos sit near the bottom of the WHL's Eastern Conference, Nedomlel has proven to be a bright spot on an otherwise difficult season for the team.
Marek Tvrdon, LW, Vancouver Giants
Acquired: 4th round (115th overall) in 2011
On the flip side, Tvrdon's Vancouver Giants have had a much better season, sitting second overall in the Western conference. While he's certainly benefitted from playing with linemate Brendan Gallagher (MTL), Tvrdon's created much of the offense for his line.
In 26 games with the Giants, he has 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. Tvrdon has also used his size well, showing he can be physical while cutting down his penalty minutes at the same time.
The Red Wings took a gamble when they selected Tvrdon in the 4th round, a player who missed almost all of the 2010-11 season to injury. So far, the young Slovak is making them look good for their gamble.