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Detroit Red Wings Top 10 Prospects

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Detroit Red Wings have made it to the playoffs for 27 consecutive seasons until the 2016-2017 season, and that is when the streak was snapped. Detroit missed the playoffs again this past season and they are in the midst of a rebuild. They have been drafting well and one day they have the potential to restore glory in Detroit. Who are the top 10 prospects for the Detroit Red Wings?

10. Filip Larsson, Goalie: The Detroit Red Wings will have veteran goalies Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier taking care of the crease for the next couple of years, until Larsson is ready to be the goalie of the future for the Detroit Red Wings. He is 19 years old and he was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Larsson is steady and athletic. His record with the Tri-City Storm (USHL) last season was 18-10 with a .941 save percentage and a 1.65 GAA, along with seven shutouts. Filip Larsson will be playing for the University of Denver next season.

9. Gustav Lindstrom, Defenseman: Lindstrom was recently signed to an entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He was the 38th overall pick in 2017. Lindstrom is a good skater and his defense is improving. He still needs to polish his defensive game a little bit and Lindstrom has the potential to make an impact on offense. He scored six goals and recorded eight assists, in 39 games with the Almtuna IS (Swe-1). His plus/minus was 2. Gustav Lindstrom is just 19 years old and he will probably return to Sweden for next season, but it won't be long untul Lindstrom joins the AHL club with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

8. Jared McIsaac, Defenseman: McIsaac is going to be a terrific defenseman in transition and on the rush one day. He has shown flashes of being one in juniors. McIsaac is also tough on the defensive end. He scored nine goals and recorded 38 assists, in 65 games last season with the Hailfax Mooseheads (QMJHL). His plus/minus was 14. In nine-playoff games, McIsaac recorded four assists. His plus/minus rating was even. Jared McIsaac was drafted 36th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft and he is 19 years old.

7. Filip Hronek, Defenseman: Hronek has developed his game the past couple of years with the Grand Rapids Griffins at the AHL level. It is very possible that Hronek will be with the Detroit Red Wings to start the 2018-2019 season. He is a very good two-way defenseman and Hronek has the upside to be a top four defenseman on the team. In 67 games last season at the AHL level, he scored 11 goals and recorded 28 assists. His plus/minus was 24. In five-playoff games, Filip Hronek recorded one assist. His plus/minus was 5. He was the 53rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and he is 20 years old.

6. Jonatan Berggren, Winger: Berggren has raw talent but his upside is through the roof. He has the skills offensively to be a top-six forward. Berggren played for the Skelleftea AIK J20 for the SuperElit last season. He scored 18 goals and recorded 39 assists, in 38 games. His plus/minus was 24. In three-playoff goals, Jonatan Berggren scored one goal and recorded four assists. His plus/minus was 1. He was the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and Berggren is just 17 years old.

5. Joe Veleno, Center: Veleno is a play making machine. He started the 2017-2018 season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. In 31 games with them, Veleno scored six goals and recorded 25 assists. His plus/minus was -10. In 33 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL), he scored 16 goals and recorded 32 assists. His plus/minus was 14. In 10-playoff games, Joe Veleno scored five goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was -1. He was supposed to be a mid first-round pick, but Veleno slipped to the end of the first-round and the Detroit Red Wings snagged him at 30 in the 2018 NHL Draft. He will be a second or third line centerman for the Detroit Red Wings one day and Joe Veleno is 18 years old.

4. Evgeny Svechnikov, Winger: It's time for Svechnikov to break out in 2018-2019. He has the offensive talent to be a top two liner. His brother, Andrei, was drafted second overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe that will be a motivator for Evgeny Svechnikov. He played in 57 games last season with the Grand Rapids Griffin. Svechnikov scored seven goals and recorded 16 assists. His plus/minus was -4. In five-playoff games, he scored one goal and his plus/minus was -3. Svechnikov played a big role for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2016-2017 and that's one of the reasons why they won the Calder Cup. He is 19 years old and Evgeny Svechnikov was the 19th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 14 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, he scored two goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus was -4.

3. Dennis Cholowski, Defenseman: Cholowski has all the tools to be Detroit's number one defense. He is very good offensively, especially with his play making ability. Cholowski could make Detroit's power play very good again and he usually makes the right decision. Dennis Cholowski started the 2017-2018 season with the Prince George Cougars in the WHL. In 37 games, he scored 13 goals and recorded 26 assists. His plus/minus was 9. In 32 games with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL), Cholowski only scored one goal, but he recorded 26 assists. His plus/minus was 20. In 12-playoff games, Cholowski scored five goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus was -9. He was a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Dennis Cholowski is 20 years old and he will start the 2018-2019 at the AHL level. It probably won't take much time for him to develop at the AHL level until he reaches the NHL.

2. Michael Rasmussen, Center: Rasmussen was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He is a solid two-way player and Rasmussen scores and passes the puck at a high level. He is a force down the middle and Michael Rasmussen is tough to play again. He is 19 years old and Rasmussen has the upside to be the next number one centerman for the Detroit Red Wings. In 47 games last season with the Tri-City Americans (WHL), he scored 31 goals and recorded 28 assists. His plus/minus was 17. In 14-playoff games, Rasmussen scored 16 goals and recorded 17 assists. His plus/minus was 8. Michael Rasmussen will be fighting for a roster spot next season in Detroit. He could make an impact immediately for them.

1. Filip Zadina, Winger: The Red Wings didn't expect Zadina to be available at number six in the 2018 NHL Draft. They snagged him and he might be the steal of the draft. Zadina was supposed to be a top three pick, but he shockingly feel. Filip Zadina is ready to prove the teams wrong, who passed on him. He is an offensive beast and Zadina has a very high IQ. It wouldn't be surprising if he becomes one of the Detroit greats like Pavel Datysuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Zadina played for the Hailfax Mooseheads (QMJHL) last season. He scored 44 goals and recorded 38 assists, in 57 games last season. His plus/minus was 23. In nine-playoff games, Filip Zadina scored five goals and recorded seven assists. His plus/minus was 2. He is 18 years old and the Detroit Red Wings are wondering what to with Zadina for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. They want to see if he is AHL eligible or not. If he isn't, it is very possible that Zadina gets a couple of games early in the NHL for Detroit. If he doesn't do anything, they'll send him back to juniors. The last thing the Detroit Red Wings want to do his ruin his potential.

This article was originally published on @gk18