Detroit has the 15th overall pick in June’s draft, its highest selection since 1991 (Martin Lapointe, 10th overall).
While plenty of young players await their draft-day dreams, Detroit’s budding stars are preparing to earn a spot with the NHL club.
A rite of passage for any prospect, making the NHL roster—especially in Detroit—is a daunting task. A few aspects need to line up, but more importantly, the player needs to bring something to the table that sets them apart from the rest.
The prospects that made this list provide a parallel to NHL players that piques interest. Each player is likened to an NHL talent—past or present—based on personality, skill set and on-ice execution.
These are simple evaluations and by no means a guarantee each will develop into their match. Whether or not each prospect develops into an NHL caliber player is in their hands.