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

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
Playing in NCAA
Playing in Europe
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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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
4. Chase Perry Junior 5.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anthony Mantha Pro 8.0 C
2. Tomas Jurco Pro 7.5 B
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. Axel Holmstrom Europe 6.0 C
8. Hampus Melen Europe 5.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Dylan Larkin Junior 7.5 C
2. Andreas Athanasiou Pro 7.0 C
3. Marek Tvrdon Pro 6.5 C
4. Tomas Nosek Pro 6.5 C
5. Tyler Bertuzzi CHL 6.0 C
6. Julius Vahatalo Europe 6.0 C
7. David Pope Junior 6.0 D
8. Colin Campbell Pro 3.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mattias Janmark Europe 7.0 C
2. Landon Ferraro Pro 6.5 C
3. Dominic Turgeon CHL 6.5 C
4. Louis-Marc Aubry Pro 6.5 D
5. Christoffer Ehn Europe 6.0 C
6. Alexander Kadeykin Europe 6.0 C
7. Philippe Hudon CHL 5.0 C


League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Alexey Marchenko Pro 7.0 C
2. Ryan Sproul Pro 7.0 C
3. Xavier Ouellet Pro 7.0 C
4. Mattias Backman Pro 6.5 C
5. Joe Hicketts CHL 6.5 D
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. James de Haas NCAA 5.5 C
12. Marc McNulty CHL 5.5 C

Detroit Red Wings Depth Analysis, Fall 2011

by Brandon Peleshok
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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Smith still tops talented prospect pool for Detroit Red Wings

by Brandon Peleshok
Photo: Tomas Jurco has all of the tools to one day develop into a top-six sniper for the Red Wings.  (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Brendan Smith remains the highest ranked prospects in the Red Wings system, and new additions to the list include Tomas Jurco, Xavier Ouellet, and Ryan Sproul. Goaltender Daniel Larsson has made the most significant move, falling off the top 20 list completely.

1. (1) Brendan Smith, D, 8.0C
Drafted 1st round, 27th overall, 2007

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Detroit Red Wings 2011 draft review

by Brad Gardner
Photo: Philippe Hudon will be attending Cornell University in the fall. (Photo courtesy of DJ Powers/HF)

The Red Wings maintained their recent trend of looking towards the CHL with their early picks and adding depth later in the draft with prospects playing overseas. The team's first five selections all came from Canadian Major Junior leagues, with six total CHL picks in the 2011 draft class equally distributed among the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL.

Detroit made nine total selections in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and came away with five defensemen and four forwards. The club traded their first round pick (24th overall) to Ottawa in exchange for a pair of second round picks at 35th and 48th, and the team still came away with a prospect considered by many a first round talent. With the blue line a hot topic of debate in Detroit after the retirement of Brian Rafalski, the team added a pair of high-end defensive prospects in the second round. Three more defensemen were added late in the draft, strengthening one of the system's weaker positions.

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Detroit Red Wings 2011 draft preview

by Brad Gardner

Regardless of where they pick in the NHL Draft, the Detroit Red Wings always seem able to find NHL-caliber players to populate the team's talent pipeline.  With that in mind, we preview the Wings' 2011 NHL Draft.

Top 10 prospects:

1. Brendan Smith, D
2. Tomas Tatar, C
3. Jan Mursak, LW
4. Gustav Nyquist, C
5. Teemu Pulkkinen, LW
6. Riley Sheahan, C
7. Calle Jarnkrok, C
8. Andrej Nestrasil, C
9. Landon Ferraro, C
10. Mitchell Callahan, RW

Team Needs
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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Camp

by Jessica Haskin
I am sitting in Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Michigan
watching my
brother James and a group of 12 to 15 year old boys trying to develop
hockey skills with the hope of some day skating here as a part of the
Wings NHL Prospect Camp. However, while some of these boys do represent
hockey’s future it definitely is the very distant future.
As for what is at hand in the near future you may want to check out on
of the
NHL Prospect Camps. This year Centre I.C.E. and the Detroit Red Wings
will be
hosting six
teams including: Detroit, Chicago, St.Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, and
Columbus. As a fan it is a great place to come and watch these
giving all they have as they try to earn a contract with an NHL team.
Last year’s competition was tense, the first game between Detroit and
featured a bench clearing brawl. The week was full of good hockey
future stars like Jiri Fischer and Brian Finley.
I can’t predict another bench clearing brawl, but, I am sure this year’s
will once again be a full week of good old fashioned hockey as these
young men
fight to win one of the few open positions on the roster.
This year’s camp will tenativly be held September 2-5. Admission to
practices is free and game admission is $5.

This year’s schedule is as follows.

Saturday, Sept. 2

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