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: The Red Wings traded down from 18th to 20th overall and still added a talented goal-scorer to the coffers in Val-d’Or winger Anthony Mantha (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The Detroit Red Wings entered the 2013 NHL Draft with the 18th overall selection, their earliest first round pick since the beginning of the 1990s. This understandably led to high expectations in the Motor City and the Red Wings did not disappoint, dealing their first round pick to San Jose for the 20th and 58th overall picks. Detroit then wasted no time in selecting the draft's lone 50 goal-scorer in Anthony Mantha before bolstering the system with gritty, skilled two-way forwards and hulking defensemen.