I get pretty geeked up over our prospects. Not only is it fun because it's hockey, but I enjoy keeping up with their progress throughout the season and from year to year. It helps give me a more complete opinion of them now and what to expect going forward.
Since the season has already started for most of these prospects, this post will be kind of a "where are they so far" post to get everyone caught up with what's happened so far. Going forward, the plan is to have a brief post a couple times a week with box scores, highlights when available, and a brief recap of anything noteworthy that our prospects did. Since this is something new, it'll be a work in progress and I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Discussion and questions are encouraged.
Here's a look at how the players of interest are doing so far.
This is the list of Red Wings draftees who aren't in Grand Rapids yet that we'll be keeping an eye on.
|PROSPECT NAME||POS||HT||WT||DRAFTED||DOB||POB||Shoots||2013-2014 Team (League)|
|Andreas Athanasiou||C/LW||6.00||179||DET-12 (4-110)||8/6/1994||London Ont||L||Barrie Colts (OHL)|
|Tyler Bertuzzi||LW||6.00||178||DET-13 (2-58)||2/24/1995||Sudbury Ont||L||Guelph Storm (OHL)|
|Zach Nastasiuk||C/RW||6.01||190||DET-13 (2-48)||3/30/1995||Barre ONT||R||Owen Sound Attack (OHL)|
|Jake Paterson||G||6.02||183||DET-12 (3-80)||5/13/1994||Mississauga ONT||L||Saginaw Spirit (OHL)|
|Marc McNulty||D||6.06||185||DET-13 (6-169)||4/5/1995||Medicine Hat ALB||L||Prince George Cougars (WHL)|
|Mitchell Wheaton||D||6.05||230||DET-13 (5-139)||2/6/1995||Sherwood Park ALB||L||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)|
|Philippe Hudon||RW||6.00||190||DET-11 (5-145)||4/15/1993||Montreal PQ||R||Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)|
|Anthony Mantha||LW||6.04||190||DET-13 (1-20)||9/16/1994||Longueiul PQ||L||Les Foreurs de Val-d’Or (QMJHL)|
|Mattias Backman||D||6.02||170||DET-11 ( 5-145)||10/3/1992||Linköping SWE||L||Linköping (SHL)|
|Rasmus Bodin||C/LW||6.06||207||DET-12 (7-200)||5/5/1994||SWE||L||Linköping J20 (SWE SuperElit)|
|Mattias Janmark||C/LW||6.01||189||DET-13 (3-79)||12/8/1992||Stockholm SWE||L||AIK (SHL)|
|Hampus Melen||RW||6.02||165||DET-13 (7-199)||2/28/1995||Karlskrona SWE||L||Tingsryds (SHL) J20 Superelite|
|David Pope||LW||6.02||187||DET-13 (4-109)||9/27/1994||Edmonton ALB||L||West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL)|
|James DeHaas||D||6.02||197||DET-12 (6-170)||5/5/1994||Mississauga ONT||L||Clarkson University (NCAA)|
|Ben Marshall||D||5.09||160||DET-10 (7-201)||8/30/1992||St. Paul MN||L||University of Minnesota (NCAA)|
|Mike McKee||D||6.04||230||DET-12 (4-140)||8/17/1993||Newmarket ONT||L||Western Michigan University (CCHA)|
Guelph Storm: Tyler Bertuzzi
|17||Tyler Bertuzzi||LW||Guelph Storm||OHL||1||1||0||1||2|
Owen Sound Attack: Zach Nastasiuk
|27||Zach Nastasiuk||RW||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||2||0||1||1||-2||0|
Saginaw Spirit: Jake Paterson
|57||Jake Paterson||G||Saignaw Spirit||OHL||3||0.929||10||3.33||1||2||130|
This will be Paterson's last year in the OHL before he turns pro next season, and if the first few games of this season are any indication, Jake Paterson is going to have a heavy work load again this season. Paterson has faced more than 40 shots in each of the Spirit's first 3 games of the season and has made 39 more saves (130) so far, than the next closes goalie in the OHL. You may recall hearing about the game last year in the playoffs where Paterson made 67 (67!) saves in a game that his team lost 3-2 in double overtime. A heavy workload is just another day in the crease for Paterson.
Prince George Cougars: Marc McNulty
|#3||Marc McNulty||D||Prince George Cougars||WHL||3||0||4||4||0||14|
McNulty has 4 assists in 3 games played and is playing on the top defensive pairing for Prince George. While I haven't found any video proof yet, it looks like McNulty got 5 for fighting in both games he registered points in. Coincidence? Hmmm...
Victoriaville Tigres: Philippe Hudon
|#71||Philippe Hudon||Victoriaville Tigres||QMJHL||2||0||1||1||-3||2|
Hudon had an assist in the Tigers 5-1 loss to open their season. I didn't find any official "highlights" video, but there's a video of one of the fights that also includes some not so great video of the Tigers goal (10 second mark of the video, Tigers are in dark jerseys).
September 20th: Hudon had 1 assist, 2 PIM, and was a -2 in a 5-1 loss. Box score
Les Foreurs de Val-d'Or: Anthony Mantha
|8||Anthony Mantha||F||Val d'Or Foreurs||QMJHL||3||4||4||8||2||2|
Mantha said he wants to show the Wings that they made the right choice in picking him in the first round, and he's off to a pretty good start so far. He has 8 points in 3 games and currently leads the QJMHL in scoring.
September 20th: Mantha 3 goals, +2, and 1st star of the game in a 5-0 win. Box score
September 21st: Mantha 1 goal, 1 assist, -2, and 2 PIM in a 4-3 loss Box score
September 25th: Mantha 3 assists and a +2 in a 7-4 win. Box score
AIK (SHL) Mattias Janmark
Janmark currently leads his team in goals (5) points (6) and is 3rd on the team in TOI/game (22:08) behind only 2 defensemen, and has 2 game winning goals (both in the shootout). He is also third in points in the entire Swedish Hockey League, and is tied for first in goals.
You can watch the goals by clicking on the "game stats" link and clicking on the "summary" tab.
Linköping (SHL): Mattias Backman
Mattias Backman was originally projected to come to North America and join the Grand Rapids Griffins this season, but decided to stay in Sweden for one more year and continue his growth there. He also looks looks eerily like a Disney prince.
West Kelowna Warriors: David Pope
|#9||David Pope||F||West kelowna||BCHL||5||3||2||5||0||0|
Pope opened the season with a goal and an assist, had a goal the next game, an assist the next and a goal the next game. Not a bad start at all. The Warriors won their first five games
If you missed any of our prospects coverage so far, including the development camp and prospects tournament, you can catch up by going to the prospects story stream.