The Detroit Red Wings’ 2013-14 campaign has turned into a showcase of their top prospects.
Twelve players have been recalled from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids at one point or another this season, with a total of seven having made their NHL debuts.
Word is out that Detroit has one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL, acting as a blessing for their current injury-ridden situation.
Detroit has selected in the first round of the NHL draft only six times in the last 15 years, and none higher than 19th overall.
Of those six first-rounders, four are currently on the team’s roster in Niklas Kronwall, Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith and Riley Sheahan.
While so many gifted youngsters are demonstrating their exceptional skill, others are having a much rougher go on their road to the NHL. For every young phenom there are multiple players that won’t encounter the bright lights of the big stage.
The Red Wings have several players in the system vying for their professional opportunity, as well as others that can’t quite figure things out.
For one reason or another, here are Detroit’s five most frustrating prospects.