Quick Hits: The Farm System Edition

In Red Wings Land

2019 NHL farm system rankings: No. 13 Detroit Red Wings | The Athletic ($)

The Wings’ system changed a lot over the past year. It graduated some key prospects and had an important draft in 2019. Filip Zadina was a guy I was very enthusiastic about at this time last season, but I may have hyped him a tad too much. He remains the team’s top prospect even though I bumped him down a notch. The Wings have a lot of very good players on the way but still look to be in the early parts of their rebuild.

Key additions: Moritz Seider, Robert Mastrosimone, Albin Grewe

Key subtractions/graduations: Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski

2018 farm system ranking: No. 7

It appears the Red Wings have dropped a bit in Corey Pronman’s rankings. When you consider the players that “graduated” from the farm system and Steve Yzerman’s slightly off the board pick at #6 in this year’s NHL Draft, I think that it’s a pretty fair ranking. I just really want to see what the three players on the top of the list — Zadina, Seider & Joe Veleno — do this upcoming season. Whether it’s in the NHL, AHL or overseas, their development is one of my top interests this year.

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There are two hypothetical Seattle teams in this article and both chose a Red Wings defenseman. The “Sockeyes” selected Madison Bowey and the “Sea Monkeys” took Danny DeKeyser. I can’t imagine anyone would be too upset losing either of those players, right?