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
4. Chase Perry Junior 5.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Anthony Mantha CHL 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 CHL 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. Andrej Nestrasil Pro 5.0 C
9. Colin Campbell Pro 3.0 C

Centers

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

Defensemen

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 Europe 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. James de Haas NCAA 5.5 C
12. Marc McNulty CHL 5.5 C

Positions Up For Grabs In Motown

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As the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp continues in Traverse City, Michigan, competition for open roster positions is expected to be fierce. With Darren McCarty holding out, Brent Gilchrist on the injured reserve, and Uwe Krupp suspended, the Wings’ have only 20 NHL regulars. Four open positions are up for grabs in order to fill out the NHL regulation 24-man roster.

Up front, twelve Red Wing regulars are expected to begin the season with Detroit. Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Slava Kozlov, Martin Lapointe, Tomas Holmstrom, Igor Larionov, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Doug Brown, Stacy Roest and Joe Kocur have all reported to camp under contract and in good health.

On the blue line, there are only five returning regulars from last seasons brief playoff run. Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Mathieu Dandenault and Aaron Ward have all reported to Traverse City and will begin the season in Detroit. Recently signed unrestricted free agent Steve Duchesne rounds out the blue line’s top six.

In the crease, there is little doubt that Chris Osgood will be the starter with Ken Wregget as his backup. The Wings’ are unlikely to carry three goalies, and for that reason Manny Legace is expected to be sent to a minor league franchise to begin the season.

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Cincinnati Roster Taking Shape

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After discontinuing their top minor league affiliate in Adirondack, the Detroit Red Wings recently announced a deal that will see approximately eight of their prospects placed in Cincinnati for the 1999-2000 season. The AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks are Anaheim’s top minor league affiliate. With Detroit’s new farm club not beginning play in Toledo until 2000-2001, the organization needed to find a home for their top prospects. How will the Cincinnati roster take shape this season?

Beginning in the crease, there is little room for Detroit’s top young net minders, Jason Elliott and Aren Miller. Last season’s starter, Tom Askey, is expected to return after a sparkling 1998-1999 season. Askey posted a 2.72 goals against average along with a .918 save percentage, and also saw NHL post-season minutes against Detroit when Guy Hebert was lost to injury. The backup position also appears to be set, with Gregg Naumenko recently signing a two-year pact with Anaheim. Naumenko, an undrafted free agent, was named to the WCHA first all star team and received the WCHA rookie of the year award. Detroit’s top prospect in the crease, Jason Elliott, will likely be loaned to an IHL franchise to earn a starting position. Elliott was the starter in Adirondack for much of last season, but after a spectacular first half he struggled down the stretch. Aren Miller could find himself anywhere this year – likely as a backup in the AHL or IHL, but without a strong training camp possibly the ECHL.

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John Wikstrom: North America Bound?

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Growing up in Sweden, Detroit Red Wings’ defense prospect John Wikstrom always maintained the same goal.

“The dream has always been there and will always stay. To play in the NHL is of highest importance to me,” said Wikstrom recently.

As a youngster, his primary goal was to reach Sweden’s TV-Pucken, a countrywide tournament for junior hockey players. And as Wikstrom’s hockey career progressed, larger goals became realized.

Drafted in the fifth round by Detroit in 1997, Wikstrom spent several years toiling within the Lulea organization in Sweden. Wikstrom’s years with the club were frustrating, and he was never given the opportunity to become a regular in the Swedish Elite League. He saw most of his ice time with Lulea’s junior squad.

Wikstrom is a hulking defenseman, standing 6’4″ and weighing 205 lb. A decent skater for his size, he continues to improve. Wikstrom plays a tough and physical defensive game, and with his great size he is a force. However, in Sweden, his rugged type of game does not fit in, and the rules make it difficult for him to take full advantage of his size.

“I have more of a North American hockey style,” Wikstrom explains.

Following his draft year, Wikstrom ventured across the ocean to the Red Wings’ 1998 training camp in an attempt to make Adirondack of the AHL.

“The training camp I attended is the best hockey memory I have. Perhaps the best memory I’ll ever have,” said Wikstrom, fondly recalling his introduction to the Detroit Red Wing organization.
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Detroit’s Dreary Draft Day

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Detroit’s scouting staff waited more than five hours at their draft table watching as other teams selected their future players. Having traded their previous picks throughout the 1998-1999 season , Detroit broke ( in fact smashed ) an NHL draft record by not making a selection until the 120th overall pick. Rumors had the Wings attempting to get back into the first round but nothing ever came of those. Clubs knew the talent level in this draft was high and with the salary structure way out off kilter, other teams were not listening to many offers.

In the end the Red Wings stated that they wanted to find one NHL player in this draft if possible. Judging by earlier drafts, this was an imposing task to say the least. Looking back at drafts as early as 1983, players taken 120th overall or later had less than 10% chance of ever playing in the NHL as a regular. In fact, only about 8 players a year on average ever make it more than a year or two if taken after the 120th pick. For Detroit to find one of these “diamonds in the ruff “, the scouting staff had better done their homework.

Traditionally, the Detroit Red Wings draft what they consider to be safer players. They look for skaters that have great character and maybe less upside. The 1999 draft was a bit different however. Jim Nill, Detroit’s head scout said, “We went for the home run…. we were looking for the next Pavol Demitra.”
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Red Wings 2000 and Beyond

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With the Red Wings early exit in the playoffs this spring, it leaves one to wonder what is next for the team of the 90′s. The future does not look that much brighter than Detroit’s hockey plans for the remainder of the summer. The team is likely to have several new faces at the start of training camp in the fall. Name tags may even be required for a team that has not seen a great deal of change for several years save for some deadline deals.

This spring the Wings traded much of their future to ensure success this playoff season. After trading a top forward prospect ( Petr Sykora ) and a 3rd round pick for the return of Doug Brown last fall, the Wings parted with what little future they had left in March. Anders Eriksson and TWO first round picks ( 1999 and 2001 ) were sent to Chicago for Chris Chelios. A 2nd and 3rd rounder were sent to the Rangers for Ulf Sameulsson, while a 2nd rounder and prospect goaltender Kevin Hodson were moved to Tampa Bay for Wendel Clark. That leaves the Wings with no pick sooner than the 4th round in the 1999 draft and no 1st rounder in 2001. As a result of the 1997 Brendan Shanahan deal that sent their 1997 pick to Carolina , the Wings will have two 1st rounds pick in a span of five years. Not the things that champions are made from.
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