Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier brings a wealth of international experience to the Team Switzerland squad competing at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
After failing to secure a spot in the quarterfinals by losing the decisive game against Denmark at last year’s World Junior Championship, Switzerland is trying to avoid adversity this year by catching a spot in the medal round for only the third time in the last seven years. Read more»
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 prospect Vili Saarijarvi is off to a promising start to his season with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL (courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings find themselves in a little bit of a different position that we are used to seeing them. Granted, they still consistently find regular season success and make the playoffs in the face of long odds, but the veteran core is finding itself being more and more minimized.
The youth movement in Detroit has already gotten underway, thanks to exciting players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. Behind them, there are a plethora of enticing prospects that the Red Wings will be leaning heavily on in the future.
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: the Detroit Red Wings have not drafted many Russian-born prospects in recent years, but made an exception for outstanding Cape Breton winger Evgeny Svechnikov, selecting him 19th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings continue their march against time and lowered expectations, still contending in the Atlantic Division as everyone awaits their downfall. Another 100-point season later, things are at an odd crossroads for yet another offseason in Detroit. Read more»