The Detroit Red Wings have seen an influx of young talent over the last several years, with the biggest changes coming at the AHL level. Several of their top prospects have graduated to Grand Rapids, having various impacts from low-level grinder all the way to top-line players. Still, even with all of the recent graduates, there are a handful of junior level prospects that could be making noise in the Detroit organization a few years down the road.
In the past, the Detroit Red Wings found long-term success in partial thanks to a scouting department that unearthed gems like Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk past the draft’s first round. That trend has continued in recent years. Tomas Tatar, a second-round pick in 2009, burst onto the scene in 2014-15 with a 29-goal season while Gustav Nyquist, a fourth-round pick in 2008, posted consecutive seasons of 28 and 27 goals.
The Detroit Red Wings find themselves in a little bit of a different position that we are used to seeing them. Granted, they still consistently find regular season success and make the playoffs in the face of long odds, but the veteran core is finding itself being more and more minimized.
The youth movement in Detroit has already gotten underway, thanks to exciting players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. Behind them, there are a plethora of enticing prospects that the Red Wings will be leaning heavily on in the future.
There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more»