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Detroit Red Wings Top Thirty Prospects: WIIM Edition

How we see the pecking order of the Red Wings development system at the start of the 2021-22 season

NHL Prospects Tournament Day-1

The time has come for the start of another Red Wings season, and while there is always excitement surrounding the start of another chance to be the team to climb all the way up the mountain and claim Lord Stanley’s Cup, a lot of the excitement surrounding Red Wings Nation centers on the prospects. After a handful of years drafting and developing the Red Wings sit with a consensus Top Ten prospect pool that may lack a ton of truly elite level prospects but makes up for it with a lot of really good to great prospects. Ranking the prospect pool turned out to be a lot tougher than we anticipated and we had to make some tough decisions on some players who have a chance at developing into a bona fide NHL player. Except for one player, we kept the list to prospects who had not played a game in the NHL coming into the 2021-22 season. Below is our ranking of the top thirty prospects in the Red Wings system, but before getting into the list itself, a few honorable mentions who just missed the cut.

35. Cooper Moore (D)

6’1”/185lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Univ. of North Dakota (NCAA)

34. Ethan Phillips (RW/C)

5’9”/154lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Boston Univ. (NCAA)

33. Chase Bradley (LW/C)

5’11”/181lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Univ. Of Connecticut (NCAA)

32. Otto Kivenmäki (C)

5’9”/172lbs

Age: 21

Current Team: Pelicans (Liga)

31. Jesper Eliasson (G)

6’3”/209lbs

Age: 21

Current Team: Almtuna IS (HockeyAllsvenskan)

So now, without further delay the Red Wings top thirty prospects at the start of the 2021-22 season.

30. Sam Stange (RW)

6’1”/201lbs

Age :20

Current Team: Univ. of Wisconsin (NCAA)

29. Victor Brattström (G)

6’4”/201lbs

Age: 24

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

28. Kasper Kotkansalo (D)

6’3”/198lbs

Age: 22

Current Team: HIFK (Liga)

27. Carter Mazur (LW)

6’0”/170lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Univ. of Denver (NCAA)

26. Seth Barton (D)

6’3”/196lbs

Age: 22

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

25. Gustav Berglund (D)

6’2”/201lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Mora IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)

24. Cross Hanas (LW)

6’1”/172lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

23. Alex Cotton (D)

6’2”/190lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (QMJHL)

22. Pasquale Zito (C)

6’0”/176lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

21. Oscar Plandowski (D)

6’0”/183lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

20. Red Savage (C/LW)

5’11”/181lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Miami Univ. (Ohio) (NCAA)

19. Chase Pearson (C/W)

6’3”/203lbs

Age: 24

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

18. Eemil Viro (D)

6’0”/165lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: TPS (Liga)

17. Kirill Tyutyayev (C/LW)

5’10”/176lbs

Age: 21

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

16. Jared McIsaac (D)

6’1”/192lbs

Age: 21

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

15. Robert Mastrosimone (C/LW)

5’10”/170lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Boston Univ. (NCAA)

14. William Wallinder (D)

6’4”/190lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Rogle BK (SHL)

13. Liam Dower Nilsson (C)

6’0”/172lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Frolunda HC (SHL)

12. Antti Tuomisto (D)

6’5”/205lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Univ. of Denver (NCAA)

11. Donovan Sebrango (D)

6’1”/194lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

10. Shai Buium (D)

6’3”/209lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Univ. of Denver (NCAA)

9. Elmer Söderblom (RW/LW)

6’8”/238lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Frolunda HC (SHL)

8. Theodor Niederbach (C/W)

5’11”/172lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Frolunda HC (SHL)

7. Albert Johansson (D)

6’0”/168lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Farjestad BK (SHL)

6. Jonatan Berggren (W/C)

5’11”/194lbs

Age: 21

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

5. Sebastian Cossa (G)

6’6”/209lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

4. Joe Veleno (C)

6’1”/205lbs

Age: 21

Current Team: Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

3. Simon Edvinsson (D)

6’5”/207lbs

Age: 18

Current Team: Frolunda HC (SHL)

2. Mortiz Seider (D)

6’4”/196lbs

Age: 20

Current Team: Detroit Red Wings

1. Lucas Raymond (RW)

5’10”/183lbs

Age: 19

Current Team: Detroit Red Wings

The assumption going in was that top five would be the five players it ended up being, but figuring out the order they went in (specifically 3-5) turned out to be a little more difficult than anticipated. All that said, this is what our list ended up looking like, what does yours look like? On a side note, we will be looking to add a lot more coverage for the prospects over the season so keep a look out and we look forward to discussing the future of the Red Wings.