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Getting To Know The Wings Prospects: Around The World Edition

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Dylan Larkin is either celebrating a goal, or about to punch the Invisible Man.
Dylan Larkin is either celebrating a goal, or about to punch the Invisible Man.
Bruce Bennett

The 2014-2015 Hockey season is finally underway in leagues around the world. With all but one of the Red Wings prospects committed to a team it's a good time for an overview of who's in the Wings system and which teams they're playing for. Here's a chart of all the Wings draftees and FA signings who aren't yet in Grand Rapids or Toledo.

# PROSPECT NAME POS HT WT DRAFTED DOB Sh 2014-2015 Team (League)
17 Tyler Bertuzzi (A) LW 6.01 190 DET-13 (2-58) 2/24/1995 L Guelph Storm (OHL)
27 Zach Nastasiuk (C) C 6.02 202 DET-13 (2-48) 3/30/1995 R Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
57 Jake Paterson G 6.01 183 DET-12 (3-80) 5/3/1994 L Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
3 Marc McNulty (A) D 6.06 210 DET-13 (6-169) 4/5/1995 L Prince George Cougars (WHL)
2 Joe Hicketts (C) D 5.08 186 FA Signed 9.24.14 5/4/1996 L Victoria Royals (WHL)
23 Dominic Turgeon (A) C 6.02 190 DET-14 (3-63) 2/25/1996 L Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
6 Mitchell Wheaton D 6.04 222 DET-13 (5-139) 2/6/1995 L Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
26 Christoffer Ehn (C) C 6.02 180 DET-14 (4-106) 4/4/1996 L Frölunda Indians J20 (SHL)
25 Axel Holmstrom C 6.01 198 DET-14 (7-196) 6/29/1996 L Skellefteå AIK (SHL)
10 Mattias Janmark C 6.01 189 DET-13 (3-79) 12/8/1992 L Frölunda Indians (SHL)
51 Hampus Melèn RW 6.03 160 DET-13 (7-199) 2/28/1995 L Växjö Lakers J20 (SuperElit) / Karlskrona J20
18 Julius Vahatalo C 6.05 191 DET-14(6-166) 3/23/1995 L TPS Liiga
55 Adam Almquist D 5.11 171 DET- 09 (7-210) 2/27/1991 L Severstal Cherepovets (KHL)
89 Alexander Kadeykin C 6.04 231 DET-14 (7-201) 10/4/1993 L Atlant Mytishchi (KHL)/SKA St. Petersburg
2 James de Haas D 6.03 212 DET-12 (6-170) 5/5/1994 L Clarkson University (NCAA)
19 Dylan Larkin C 6.01 192 DET-14 (1-15) 7/30/1996 L University of Michigan (NCAA)
10 Ben Marshall (A) D 5.09 179 DET-10 (7-201) 8/30/1992 L University of Minnesota (NCAA)
2 Mike McKee D/ LW 6.05 250 DET-12 (4-140) 8/17/1993 L Western Michigan University (NCHC)
35 Chase Perry G 6.03 189 DET-14 (5-136) 2/8/1996 L Colorado College (NCHC)
12 David Pope LW 6.03 200 DET-13 (4-109) 9/27/1994 L University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
12 Philippe Hudon RW 6.01 205 DET-11 (5-145) 4/15/1993 R FA

Here's how the 21 prospects break down.

  • 6.5 Defenseman - Mike McKee is a defenseman and left winger at WMU currently so I'll count him half D and half LW . 3.5 Wingers, 8 Centers, and 2 goalies
  • 6 playing College hockey, 7 in the Canadian Hockey League, 4 in the Swedish Hockey League (Including Swedish Junior Leagues), 1 in the Finish Hockey League, and 2 in the Kontinental Hockey League
  • 3 Captains and 4 Alternate Captains
  • 19 Lefties and 2 Righties
  • Most popular number: Mike McKee, James deHaas, and Joe Hicketts are all defensemen who wear the number 2.
  • Avg Ht 6.02
  • Avg Wt 196.7
  • Tallest: Marc McNulty 6'6"
  • Shortest: Joe Hicketts 5'8"
  • Heaviest Mike McKee 250lb (all muscle)
  • Lightest: Hampus Melen 160lb
  • Oldest: Adam Almqvist 23
  • Youngest: Dylan Larkin 18

Fresh Faces

The Wings have added eight players to the prospect in the last year in

  • Joe Hicketts
  • Dominic Turgeon
  • Christoffer Ehn
  • Axel Holmstrom
  • Julius Vahatalo
  • Alexander Kadeykin
  • Dylan Larkin
  • Thomas Chase-Perry

Many of the prospects who were on this list last year returned to the same teams, but there were a few who have new ones.

  • Mattias Janmark left A.I.K and is now playing for the Frolunda Indians.
  • Hampus Melen left Tingsryds AIF in the J20 SuperElite League to join the Växjö Lakers, also in the  J20 SuperElit League.
  • Adam Almqvist went from the Grand Rapids Griffins to play in the KHL with Severstal Cherepovets.
  • David Pope left the West Kelowna Warriors in the BCHL to join the college ranks and is now playing for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
  • Philippe Hudon is no longer playing for the  Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL. He attended training camp with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, but was cut before the season started. He's currently a FA with no team to call his own.

A few prospects have made the jump to the pro ranks in either Grand Rapids or Toledo.

  • Andreas Athanasiou
  • Marek Tvrdon
  • Anthony Mantha
  • Mattias Backman

And one lone prospect has been dumped from the list. Last year the Wings expressed disappointment in Rasmus Bodin and it sounds like the Wings have no intention of signing him. I expect Philippe Hudon to join Bodin soon, but until anything comes out about the Wings intent, I'll leave him on the prospect roster.

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