The Detroit Red Wings’ farm system has received a multitude of attention over the course of the last two seasons.
Between the emergence of Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha’s first-round selection in the 2013 NHL draft and the Grand Rapids Griffins’ Calder Cup title, it’s undoubtedly merited.
With a plenitude of budding young stars in the making, Detroit is beginning to see for itself the genuine skill waiting to seize an opportunity. Ten players from Grand Rapids’ 2013 championship roster have skated with Detroit in the NHL this season.
Most notably are Tatar and Nyquist, who have combined for 27 goals and 48 points on a team struggling to stay healthy. Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco have become third-line staples since their promotion and are proving they can compete at the top level.
Anthony Mantha was selected 20th overall in last June’s NHL draft and currently leads the QMJHL with 90 points in 42 games. Between the talent in the minors and those migrating from overseas, Red Wings brass salivates while opposing teams envy.
There is plenty more talent waiting in the wings eager to make the big time. Here’s a closer look into Detroit’s prospect depth at each position.