Photo: Although set to graduate from prospect status in short order, Dylan Larkin’s recent struggles show that there is a long road to NHL stardom even for a prodigy (courtesy of Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Despite being in the playoffs for seemingly an eternity (not really, just closing in on three decades), the Detroit Red Wings have managed to find their fair share of high-end prospects in the middle to late parts of the first round and beyond.
Photo: After an outstanding rookie season in Grand Rapids, Czech pro Tomas Nosek has slipped down the depth chart for the Griffins (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The long-discussed rebuild in Detroit has yet to come and the Red Wings scouting staff is doing their best to make sure that no such rebuild has to take place.
With recent graduations to the NHL like Teemu Pulkkinen and Dylan Larkin – the latter of whom leads all NHL rookies in goals with 11 – there are still several prospects plying their trade at the AHL level looking to be the next call-up to help keep the Red Wings going.
Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospects Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha, and Ryan Sproul have more to prove at the AHL level before taking on a role with the franchise (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
In the past, the Detroit Red Wings found long-term success in partial thanks to a scouting department that unearthed gems like Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk past the draft’s first round. That trend has continued in recent years. Tomas Tatar, a second-round pick in 2009, burst onto the scene in 2014-15 with a 29-goal season while Gustav Nyquist, a fourth-round pick in 2008, posted consecutive seasons of 28 and 27 goals.
Photo: Detroit Red Wings’ top prospect Dylan Larkin is a superb skater who has gone against recent club history with a rapid rise to the pro ranks (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)
The summer 2015 edition of the Detroit Red Wings Top 20 prospects only has a few new names. The club has managed to maintain NHL-ready depth along with some elite talents: pretty impressive given that the Red Wings haven’t had the luxury of picking in the top half of the draft in nearly three decades.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson has played in 192 regular season games in his OHL career, posting a 3.29 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage over five seasons (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Down three games in the opening round of the OHL playoffs, the Kitchener Rangers need a steadying influence. And, thanks to a deadline deal for one of the league’s top netminders, the club is hoping that Jake Paterson can rekindle some of that old magic. Read more»