Latest Updates on Detroit Red Wings' Top Prospects
The Detroit Red Wings have notoriously not had room for young rookies playing in the NHL over their past two decades of success, but that has not stopped the Wings' prospects from giving it their all in the minors and juniors.
Although the season just began, there are several prospects who are dominating and excelling in their respective leagues.
Here are the latest updates on the Detroit Red Wings' top prospects.
Note: This list does not include players such as Gustav Nyquist who is no longer considered a prospect, despite player in the AHL currently.
Tomas Jurco is second in team scoring behind the extremely talented Gustav Nyquist. Jurco has four points in three games so far this season as the Griffins attempt to defend their Calder Cup title.
The 21-year-old Slovakian had 28 points in 74 regular-season games but 14 points in 24 playoff games last season.
If the Griffins are to duplicate their success of last season, then Jurco must continue to be a point-per-game player or close to it.
Petr Mrazek took the Grand Rapids Griffins No. 1 goaltender position by storm last season, going 23-16-2 with a 2.33 GAA and a 91.6 save percentage.
He then backstopped the team to a Calder Cup, posting four shutouts along the way.
Unfortunately for Mrazek, he's been caught in a limbo of sorts this season as the Red Wings have called him up and sent him down at will so far in October.
The roster moves for Mrazek have been largely due to the injuries to Jonas Gustavsson and Jimmy Howard.
Mrazek has played just one game in the AHL, stopping 21 of 24 shots. He did pick up the win, but will likely hope for more consistent playing time now that both Red Wings goaltenders are off of the shelf.
While he make look unimpressed in the picture above, Alexei Marchenko impressed substantially in the preseason.
He was one of the final cuts by Detroit and while he wouldn't make the team, he did raise his stock among the Wings' brass.
Marchenko has continued that trend in the AHL with Grand Rapids, putting up a goal and three assists in three games.
Teemu Pulkkinen played just six seconds of NHL action in the preseason before getting a game misconduct and suspended for the remainder of the preseason for his hit on Michael Kostka.
Although "Pulk" has just one assist in three games, the highly-touted Finnish rookie leads Grand Rapids in shots during that span with 11.
If he continues that torrid shots pace, the goals will likely start coming as well.
Adam Almquist is a pretty solid player for someone that was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Draft. The 22-year-old Swede was the second-to-last player selected in the draft and has turned out well for the Red Wings.
Almquist was the last defenseman cut in the preseason and put up two power-play goals in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Last year, Almquist was second amongst Griffins' defensemen with 31 points in 68 games and 10 points in 21 playoff games.
He is not afraid to let his shot go, despite being listed at only 178 pounds on his AHL player page, putting up 10 goals last season.
Almquist is quickly developing into one of Detroit's biggest draft steals, as he has progressed beyond what a 210th overall player should be.
Anthony Mantha is the only player in this slideshow that is not with the Griffins. Mantha was Detroit's No. 20 selection in the 2013 NHL Draft after his 50-goal season last year in the QMJHL.
He was also named player of the week in the QMJHL for his 10 points in two games output.
Mantha had his 9-game point streak snapped, but still has 28 points in 10 games. He could definitely help the Red Wings out in scoring down the road, but he is just 19 years old, so he still has a couple seasons before that happens.
Nevertheless, 28 points in the first nine games is pretty unbelievable. He leads the QMJHL in scoring by seven points over the next closest skater.
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