The Detroit Red Wings have been stocking up their cupboard of prospects, and some could crack the lineup as soon as the 2014-15 season.
Over the next couple of years these prospects will either flourish or fade in an attempt to secure a roster spot. It is difficult to adjust from the minor leagues to the NHL level, and it is inevitable some won’t make it.
In five years the Detroit Red Wings could look significantly different. The team’s current core could be enjoying life after hockey, some players could be on their last legs and the coaching staff could be a lineup of unfamiliar faces. The city itself will undergo a massive overhaul to account for a new arena in 2017.
So much can change in such a short time in the NHL, but for now, here are predictions for Detroit’s best players at each position in five years.