Photo: The Detroit Red Wings could have used some vintage Todd Bertuzzi in the playoffs this season but the hope is that his nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, can bring some of that famous energy, skill and will to the team in the near future (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The 2015-16 season marked the beginning of a time of transition for the Detroit Red Wings. It saw the graduation of a handful of key prospects, by far the most impactful being teenager Dylan Larkin. Larkin was outstanding as a rookie this season and will be a key building block for the Red Wings as they re-tool for the future.
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2017 prospect Nikita Popugaev (#71) finished ninth in rookie scoring in the WHL this season, posting 16 goals and 47 points in 70 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of rookies notched their first NHL playoff goals this week, continuing to contribute right where they left off from the regular season. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is going to want a half-ice deflection back, and his teammate might want to join him in hiding for a pretty funny reason. There are a number of draft-eligible forwards who created some fantastic highlights this week, and a must-see, pregame presentation from Europe that unites the worlds of hockey and video games. Read more»
Photo: Detroit’s seventh-round pick of 2014, Axel Holmstrom, has been the team’s top-performing prospect in Europe for two seasons (courtesy of Skelleftea AIK/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
Though many of the best prospects in the Detroit Red Wings system to start the 2015-16 season have graduated into the NHL, the franchise still has some quality prospects across the system. In particular, the team seems to have invested heavily in the European hockey scene. They have a half-dozen prospects playing abroad right now, led by names like Joren van Pottelberghe and Axel Holmstrom. Though the majority of their top prospects are CHL products, there are a few potential gems hidden across the pond. In addition to those prospects, the Red Wings have taken a chance on a few prospects who will develop at the collegiate level. No one on the list possesses the quality of one-time Michigan Wolverine Dylan Larkin, but there are a few late-round picks that have the talent to develop.
Photo: Linkoping HC goaltender and Ottawa Senators prospect Marcus Hogberg posted a 14-8-5 record with two shutouts in SHL play in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
As far as the NHL Draft is concerned, hardly a year has gone by in the past decade without a Swedish goalie being taken at some point during the proceedings. In recent years, the count is three in 2015, three in 2014, and two in 2013. Read more»
Photo: While his team is in tough to make the AHL playoffs, San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen has been one of the top rookies in the AHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The American Hockey League’s Western Conference playoff picture is going to solidify itself over the next couple weeks.
Teams have less than a dozen games remaining and a handful of key races have developed as the AHL turns its attention to the final four weeks. Read more»