Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Versatile forwards.
  • Most defenders possess good mobility.
Weaknesses
  • Goaltending depth suspect.
  • Lack of sizable forwards.

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Petr Mrazek Pro 8.0 C
2. Jake Paterson CHL 6.0 C
3. Jared Coreau Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anthony Mantha CHL 8.0 C
2. Tomas Jurco Pro 7.5 C
3. Teemu Pulkkinen Pro 7.0 C
4. Martin Frk Pro 7.0 D
5. Zach Nastasiuk CHL 6.5 C
6. Mitch Callahan Pro 6.0 C
7. Trevor Parkes Pro 5.5 C
8. William Coetzee Pro 5.5 D
9. Hampus Melen Europe 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Andreas Athanasiou CHL 7.0 C
2. Marek Tvrdon Pro 6.5 C
3. David Pope Junior 6.0 D
4. Tyler Bertuzzi CHL 6.0 D
5. Rasmus Bodin Europe 5.5 B
6. Andrej Nestrasil Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Riley Sheahan Pro 7.0 C
2. Mattias Janmark Europe 7.0 D
3. Landon Ferraro Pro 6.5 C
4. Louis-Marc Aubry Pro 6.5 D
5. Luke Glendening Pro 5.0 B
6. Philippe Hudon CHL 5.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Ryan Sproul Pro 7.0 C
2. Xavier Ouellet Pro 7.0 C
3. Mattias Backman Europe 6.5 C
4. Alexey Marchenko Pro 6.5 C
5. Adam Almquist Pro 6.5 C
6. Ben Marshall NCAA 6.0 C
7. Nick Jensen Pro 6.0 C
8. Mike McKee NCAA 6.0 C
9. Mitch Wheaton CHL 6.0 C
10. Richard Nedomlel Pro 5.5 C
11. Gleason Fournier Pro 5.5 C
12. Max Nicastro Pro 5.5 C
13. James de Haas NCAA 5.5 C
14. Marc McNulty CHL 5.5 C

2007 Draft yielded two top prospects for Detroit Red Wings

by Brandon Peleshok
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Photo: The Red Wings first round pick of 2007, Brendan Smith has gradually developed into a quality puck-moving defenseman. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

With all the successful drafting the Detroit Red Wings have done over the years, it is easy to forget they have off-years too. The 2007 draft, at least by Red Wings standards, can be considered a bit of a bust. The team only had five selections in the draft, with just two of the players looking as if they will become NHL caliber players.

While the draft lacked the quantity and late-round gems Detroit usually collects, they did select their best defensive prospect in 2007. Brendan Smith was taken 27th overall by the Red Wings in that draft, and remains the top ranked prospect in Detroit's system.

Brendan Smith, D, St. Michael's Buzzers (OPJHL) – 1st round, 27th overall
Status: Prospect
NHL Games Played: 3

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Large mix of players populate Red Wings minor-league affiliates

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Photo: Mitch Callahan has proved to be an effective checking forward at the AHL level. (Photo courtesy of Holly Gunning/HF)

The Red Wings have 21 players in total playing at the AHL and ECHL level. Three of those players, defender Gleason Fournier, goalie Thomas McCollum and forward Andrej Nestrasil are currently playing for the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.

AHL

Joakim Andersson, C, 22
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Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Tomas Jurco, Slovakia

by Ken McKenna
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Detroit Red Wings prospect Tomas Jurco turned in a four-assist performance in Slovakia's 6-4, come-from-behind win over Switzerland at the 2012 World Junior Championship.  Jurco contributed three of his four assists during Slovakia's four-goal explosion in the third period.

Jurco spoke with the media following the Slovak win over the Swiss.

Detroit represented at CHL level with tons of skill and toughness

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Photo: With 10 goals and 18 assists through 26 games, Alan Quine is currently on pace to shatter his 2010-11 totals of 20 goals and 42 points. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have several talented prospects playing in the CHL, boasting players who offer a mix of both offensive talent and physicality. There are three players in the OHL, two in the QMJHL and three from the WHL.

OHL

Petr Mrazek, G, Ottawa 67's
Acquired: 5th round (141st overall) in 2010

While Mrazek was one of the top goalies in the OHL through the first ten games of the season, his play has slowed down a bit since. He has started in 23 of Ottawa's 26 games this year, posting a 3.10 goals against average and .910 save percentage.
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Detroit Red Wings Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

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Photo: Puck-moving defenseman Xavier Ouellet was taken in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Despite all of their playoff and regular season success over the past number of years, the Detroit Red Wings have still managed to draft some talented prospects. While none of the players will stand out as blue-chip prospects, Detroit does have notable depth – especially at the forward position.

The Red Wings are probably strongest at the left wing in terms of pure talent, even though it has the lowest number of prospects among the forwards ranks. Right wing and center are fairly strong as well, boasting talent, grit, and defensive savvy.

On the blue line, Detroit will be looking to some 2011 draftees – Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul – to bolster a pool of prospects that has not met expectations. While there is surely talent on amongst the defense corps, there are also several question marks. The Red Wings' goaltending depth is in a similar situation as well, with several prospects not meeting their expected potential.
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