Photo: Tyler Bertuzzi, a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, has already set a new career-best with 32 points this season for the Guelph Storm (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
While it may seem as though all of their prospects have moved up to the professional level, there are still quite a few bright spots among the Detroit Red Wings prospects playing junior hockey.
Photo: Calle Jarnkrok, playing in his first AHL season out of Sweden, joined a deep and talented pool of forwards developing with Detroit’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
It has been a gradual change, but most things associated with the Detroit Red Wings work that way. In a salary-cap constrained hockey landscape, Detroit can no longer simply outspend other franchises; Detroit knew this eight seasons ago and began to stockpile talent through the NHL Draft.
Photo: Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson was one of three Detroit Red Wings junior prospects invited to the upcoming Team Canada selection camp for the WJC. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)
The Detroit Red Wings have a great deal of prospect depth in their organization, but the vast majority of that depth is currently at the professional level. While many of Detroit’s top tier prospects are playing for either the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins or the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, there are still many prospects plying their trade at the junior level.
Photo: Swedish forward Calle Jarnkrok, currently playing with Brynas in the SEL, is the cream of the crop at center for the Detroit Red Wings prospect pool. (courtesy of Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
A paradigm shift occurred for the Detroit Red Wings after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Gone were the days where Detroit would readily hand out early-round draft picks in exchange for veteran NHL talent. Instead, Detroit decided that they would need to hold on to their draft choices in order to build a prospect pool with skill and size that would help them compete in the new-look NHL.
Photo: 2013 prospect Ryan Kujawinski, shown here playing for the Sarnia Sting, turned in a five-point weekend for the Kingston Frontenacs (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Ryan Kujawinski of the Kingston Frontenacs is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 30 after recording five points in two games scoring twice with three assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-2.