The 5 Detroit Red Wings with the Brightest Future

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The 5 Detroit Red Wings with the Brightest Future
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The 2013-14 NHL season has been a wild, stressful battle for a 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

On Wednesday night, Hockeytown released its collective sigh of relief.

Upon Riley Sheahan’s game-tying goal with 1:15 remaining in regulation, the Detroit Red Wings forced overtime and earned the critical point that clinched their playoff berth.

Consider this: Sheahan was on the ice in a pivotal moment when a goal needed to be scored.

He was accompanied by Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Brendan Smith and Niklas Kronwall. Aside from Kronwall, the average age of the line is just less than 23 years old.

The kids are all right.

This season has been an exciting glimpse into the future of the Red Wings, which perhaps is already upon them. The youth infusion is taking over, and Detroit finally appears ready to accept it.

The future is very bright, specifically for the following five youngsters who are already in the NHL.

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