Detroit Red Wings' 5 Best Prospects on Defense

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Detroit Red Wings' 5 Best Prospects on Defense
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The prospect depth the Detroit Red Wings have up front is all the rage right now.

Players like Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Anthony Mantha are garnering attention, but Detroit’s defensive prospects are just as promising.

Having a full cupboard in the farm system is an integral part to the long-term success of a professional franchise. Detroit has an abundance of young talent working their way up the ranks, and it’s sure to excite fans.

The Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s AHL affiliate, took home the Calder Cup last season, and 10 players from that roster have seen the bright lights of the NHL this year. That includes two of their better prospects on the blue line.

According to, four defenseman rank among Detroit’s top-10 prospects, all of which will find their place on this list.

The order in which they fall will be determined based on the NHL team’s need, their current success with their respective team and the skill set that they provide.

Some of these players bring an offensive fluency while others offer a two-way style more prone to defensive stability. Whatever their proficiency, Detroit is high on each and will give them ample opportunity to grow as professional athletes.

Here are the Red Wings’ five best defensive prospects.

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