Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi is the nephew of former Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Detroit Red Wings have seven prospects playing junior hockey this season. While none are high-profile first round selections, the group is characterized by intrigue and potential.
Photo: Riley Sheahan’s two-way play has earned him a spot in Detroit’s bottom-six forwards for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Scott Grau/Icon Sportswire)
It has been a gradual change, but the draft picks that have been laying in wait for the Detroit Red Wings have started to make their impact on the team’s NHL roster. As some graduate to the NHL others have filled their spots in the AHL, leaving Detroit’s system very top-heavy with prospects playing professionally.
Photo: Zach Nastasiuk, Detroit’s 48th overall pick in 2013, served as captain for the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack in 2013-14 and then finished the year by making his pro debut with Grand Rapids (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Most organizations choose to either retool through free agency or rebuild through the draft. The Detroit Red Wings, however, chose to take the path least often employed and mixed retooling and rebuilding to continue their 23-year-long playoff streak.
Photo: Erie Otters goaltender and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk leads OHL goalies in goals-against average with a 2.15 average in 30 games this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
You can judge a fine wine by its vintage. For the next generation of NHL goaltenders, the second and third round of 2012 was a particularly fine year. The top five NHL-drafted netminders currently playing in the OHL were drafted within 52 picks of one another, and all are currently playing key roles in the playoff fortunes of their respective squads.
Photo: Saginaw Spirit goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson received the starting nod for Team Canada in the opening game of the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Canada entered the 2014 World Junior Championship with a bit of a cloud hanging over the goaltending position. Recent WJC's have produced a mixed bag of goaltending performances for that country, a failing that has been pointed to as a main reason for Canada's relative lack of recent success at a tournament that they have dominated more often than not over the years.