While the Detroit Red Wings are hoping to win now, there is also a significant amount of attention dedicated to securing their future.
When Detroit hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2001-02, it was thought they were facing trouble with aging veterans like Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. The youth of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg helped bridge the gap that allowed the team to reload, rather than rebuild.
Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the leadership of that talent and looks to do the same with their current pool of budding young stars. Here’s a look at the five most important prospects to the future of Hockeytown.