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

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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. Teemu Pulkkinen Pro 7.0 C
3. Martin Frk Pro 7.0 D
4. Zach Nastasiuk CHL 6.5 C
5. Mitch Callahan Pro 6.0 C
6. Axel Holmstrom Europe 6.0 C
7. 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

Many top prospects for Detroit Red Wings trained in NCAA or Europe

by Brandon Peleshok
Photo: A first round pick in 2010, forward Riley Sheahan has recently left Notre Dame and joined the Red Wings AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Sheahan projects as a strong two-way forward who can contribute timely offense. (Photo courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

The Red Wings have 11 prospects playing in Europe and the NCAA, which accounts for just under a third of their total number of prospects. In Europe, forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Teemu Pulkkinen are players who show a lot of potential for the future, especially in terms of the offense they can bring. On the back-end, Adam Almqvist, Mattias Backman, and Alexei Marchenko have all showed signs of being potential NHL defenders one day.
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Detroit Red Wings maintain deep, diverse top-20

by Brandon Peleshok
Photo: Defenseman Brendan Smith (Right) has gradually developed into one of the more promising puck-moving defensemen in the AHL. Smith is expected to battle for a spot in the NHL top seven as soon as the 2012-13 season. (Photo courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon SMI)

Despite continually drafting in the bottom 20 of the NHL draft, the Detroit Red Wings have managed to maintain an impressive group of prospects over the years. A number of players have stepped up this season, including Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Xavier Ouellet, and Petr Mrazek. With young players becoming increasingly more important in the salary cap era, it is vital that the Red Wings' prospects continue to break-out if the team is to maintain their long reign of success in the NHL.

1. (1) Brendan Smith, D, 8C
Drafted 1st round, 27th overall, 2007

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2007 Draft yielded two top prospects for Detroit Red Wings

by Brandon Peleshok
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

by Brandon Peleshok
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.


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

by Ken McKenna

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.

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