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 forward prospects Anthony Mantha (#8) and Andreas Athanasiou (#23) finished ninth and tenth in scoring for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2014-15 regular season (courtesy of Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha want to play for Jeff Blashill during the upcoming season.
As rookies in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Grand Rapids Griffins, both enjoyed learning under Blashill. And both felt he was more than deserving of the head coaching role with the Detroit Red Wings. Read more»
Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich produced 13 goals and 30 points in 48 KHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
The eighth KHL season has begun as this year, the league’s first game – the Opening Cup game between SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – took place on August 24th. The reason for the early start is that the 2016 IIHF World Championship will be held in Russia, and therefore the league will need to finish a bit earlier than usual to accommodate the international competition. Read more»
Photo: Colorado Avalanche 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen signed an entry-level deal with the team in July (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Entering the 2015 NHL Draft, there was much uncertainty regarding the prospects coming out of Finland. TPS Turku center Mikko Rantanen was the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting, but after that it was anybody’s guess as to how things would go in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»
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.