Photo: Swedish forward Calle Jarnkrok, currently playing with Brynas in the SEL, is the cream of the crop at center for the Detroit Red Wings prospect pool. (courtesy of Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
A paradigm shift occurred for the Detroit Red Wings after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Gone were the days where Detroit would readily hand out early-round draft picks in exchange for veteran NHL talent. Instead, Detroit decided that they would need to hold on to their draft choices in order to build a prospect pool with skill and size that would help them compete in the new-look NHL.
Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2013 NHL Draft prospect Jonathan Drouin is scoring at a more than two-points-per-game pace so far in the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Xavier Ouellet, Jonathan Drouin and Anthony Mantha were named today, the TELUS three stars of the week for October 22nd to October 28, 2012.
Following a successful rookie campaign last year, Gustav Nyquist is ready for full-time duty with the Red Wings in 2012-13. (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)
Leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping, which means the much anticipated return of hockey. While there may be no NHL training camps this September, there are already games being played by many NHL prospects. Below is a rundown of some Red Wings prospects to watch during the upcoming season at each level of the game.
Photo: Defenseman Brendan Smith has been developing steadily in the AHL and may now be ready for full-time NHL duty with the Detroit Red Wings (courtesy of Rocky Widner/Getty Images)
After an offseason of unprecedented change, the Detroit Red Wings' prospects will be relied upon more than they have been in over a decade to have an impact at the NHL level.
Photo: Selected 80th overall in 2012, Jake Paterson is one of only five goaltenders the Red Wings have drafted in the past 10 years. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The Detroit Red Wings came into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh with only six picks, including no first-rounder, and elected to see those picks through without making any moves. The Wings 2012 draft class had a familiar flavor to it as well. Their first selection was highly skilled Czech Martin Frk from Halifax (QMJHL) and their last selection was an enormous Swede that only Hakan Andersson could spot.