Photo: Detroit prospect Andreas Athanasiou scored his first NHL goal this season, but his 49 goals for the Barrie Colts in 2013-14 suggest he has more to give (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The year is 2016 and the Detroit Red Wings are still contending for the playoffs for the umpteenth season in a row, right in the thick of the race for the Atlantic Division, just four points back of the division-leading Florida Panthers.
Unlike your daddy’s Red Wings, who were led by veteran stars like Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan, this Red Wings unit is led by a much younger core and has had significant contributions from more than a handful of rookies.
Photo: Team Canada players celebrate during their quarterfinal match against Finland, but there wasn’t much to celebrate after that country’s sixth place finish at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
Team Canada made the trek to Finland last month with the same goal it always sets for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That is, capture a gold medal. It is generally felt in Canada that achieving anything less is considered to be a failure. Read more»
Photo: Team Canada defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim is having another good offensive season with the Calgary Hitmen, posting eight goals and 31 points in 24 games in the 2015-16 WHL campaign (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)
Team Canada earned a hard-fought win over a pesky squad from Switzerland that was desperate to earn a win after having dropped their first two games of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Tournament. Read more»
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brayden Point will captain Team Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
The team representing Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship (WJC) will arrive as the defending champions. The current group will also be pegged as a pre-tournament favorite. However, the group looks to be in tough to repeat as gold medalists. Read more»
Photo: Detroit Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon has taken on a more offensive role with the Portland Winterhawks in his fourth season with the WHL squad (courtesy of Marissa Baeckaer/Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings have seen an influx of young talent over the last several years, with the biggest changes coming at the AHL level. Several of their top prospects have graduated to Grand Rapids, having various impacts from low-level grinder all the way to top-line players. Still, even with all of the recent graduates, there are a handful of junior level prospects that could be making noise in the Detroit organization a few years down the road.