Red Wings’ prospect event: 5 storylines we’re watching in Traverse City

For many of the Red Wings, coaching camp continues to be greater than per week away — a ultimate few days to get ready for the beginning of the season. But for Detroit’s prospects, the onerous work begins Friday when the workforce kicks off its annual prospect event.

We do not but know whether or not any of the gamers representing Detroit at this yr’s event can be at Little Caesars Arena on October 14, but when any are going to drag a Lucas Raymond and drive their approach into the opening evening lineup, this week may very nicely be when that course of begins. For others, it should simply be about setting a tone for seasons in the AHL, and even junior hockey.

But for everybody concerned, there’s one thing to play for. Here are 5 storylines — and 6 gamers — we’ll be watching particularly intently when the puck drops in Traverse City.

1. Simon Edvinsson begins his roster push

You did not want me to spell this one out for you. The 2021 No. 6 choose would be the greatest draw of the occasion, with followers eager to get a glimpse of the towering Swedish blueliner’s first look in a Red Wings uniform.

Detroit administration, in the meantime, can be keyed in as to whether he appears like he ought to keep in one come mid-October. Edvinsson was glorious as an 18-year-old in the SHL, defending past his years and producing at a powerful clip (.43 factors per recreation) contemplating he was not on considered one of Frölunda’s main power-play items. When I noticed him stay final February, he appeared like a participant with an excellent shot to step into the NHL the next season. But that projection nonetheless needs to be backed up, and that course of will start on the prospect event.


“His decision-making is likely one of the finest I’ve ever seen.”

How Simon Edvinsson shocked even the individuals who know him finest along with his prompt influence in the SHL this season

— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) March 7, 2022

Edvinsson’s world juniors didn’t go as deliberate, with meals poisoning and a few minor accidents taking part in an element in an underwhelming exhibiting. But by the event’s finish, Edvinsson was again to taking part in rock-solid hockey as Sweden got here away with bronze. He’ll most likely desire a faster begin this time round, however he has each instrument to make an early influence and kick-start his roster push.

Two particulars to observe: how is Edvinsson processing the pace of the sport on the small ice (particularly relating to stress from forecheckers), and the way nicely he can flip his transition capability into high quality scoring possibilities for Detroit. They do not have to be prompt, but when each can pop shortly, it is a good signal for Edvinsson.

2. Can Kirill Tyutyayev steal the present once more?

Last season, the large headliner coming into the prospect event was Lucas Raymond, with Detroit followers desirous to get their first take a look at the 2020 No. 4 picks. And Raymond ended up having a powerful exhibiting, with three objectives in two video games. But not less than on evening one, the present was briefly stolen by a little-known seventh-round choose from 2019.

Kirill Tyutyayev scored twice and added an help in Detroit’s first two intervals of the event, shortly saying himself as a prospect to concentrate to. And whereas these had been his solely factors of the event, he continued to be noticeable the remainder of the best way — producing lots of pleasure for his arrival in the AHL.

Unfortunately for Tyutyayev and the Griffins, the joy may hardly get off the bottom after that. He was injured early in Grand Rapids — believed to have had a shoulder damage — and ended up taking part in simply 9 video games, in which he had no objectives and three assists.

Now, Tyutyayev is again, with one other likelihood to impress in Traverse City. It’s going to be onerous to high what he did final fall, however he is a talented, sensible participant who ought to play a major position in Detroit’s prospect contingent.

3. Amadeus Lombardi’s improvement camp encore

If Tyutyayev was the shock identify popping out of final yr’s prospect event, Lombardi earned the identical title on the 2022 improvement camp, after a three-on-three event efficiency that included a hat trick. It was a powerful effort from the 2022 fourth-round choose, and now eyes can be on him to see whether or not he can stick with it at five-on-five in opposition to stay competitors.

Lombardi is an fascinating prospect as a result of regardless of being 19, final season was his first in the OHL, partly attributable to COVID-19. He’s a speedy participant who flashed lots of ability on the summer season prospect camp, and with a quite quick resume to evaluate him on, that efficiency was cause to take observe. If he can present that very same capability in a extra game-like setting, his inventory can be on the rise.

4. How will Elmer Söderblom and Albert Johansson start their North American careers?

Because of the crowded roster image, each Söderblom and Johansson are anticipated to start out the season in Grand Rapids. But they nonetheless have an opportunity to make an announcement, and each have the type of distinctive ability units that would even create long-shot roster paths if they’ll pop instantly.

Johansson has performed three professional seasons in Sweden, so he needs to be lots comfy in opposition to the competitors, and his ft are a number of the finest in Detroit’s system. He compliments that skating expertise with actual puck ability, and whereas he isn’t notably huge at six-foot even, he has the instruments that ought to enable him to create offense at five-on-five in the NHL down the road. In the quick time period, the questions can be whether or not he is able to deal with NHL measurement and pace defensively, and the prospect event needs to be an excellent early check in that regard.

Meanwhile, Söderblom is a mountain at 6-foot-8 — an virtually unheard-of measurement in the NHL. He’ll have to ensure his footspeed is as much as par, however as soon as Söderblom will get the puck, he is fluid with it, thanks to really spectacular arms for a person of his stature. He’s not the menacing energy ahead you may count on from somebody of his measurements, however he can nonetheless make his identify as a scorer because of these arms and an NHL-caliber shot. That’s what made him a top-10 aim scorer in Sweden final yr at simply 20 years previous, and it is what ought to make him a enjoyable participant to observe in Traverse City.

5. What will Sebastian Cossa present?

Cossa did not get to point out a lot on the world juniors, backing up Dylan Garand for the gold-medal-winning Canadians, however he needs to be the starter on the prospect event. Detroit rotated its netminders final yr, however with the Red Wings needing to determine the place to play Cossa this season, I’m wondering if an extended take a look at the 2021 first-round choose may be in order.

The protected cash is on a return to the WHL for Cossa, however you possibly can wager after successful the league final season the formidable netminder would like to make a case to play in Grand Rapids. He hasn’t had a dominant effort at Red Wings’ prospect occasions since being drafted, and plenty of eyes can be on him to show in that type of effort — although, at 19, he is nonetheless a really younger prospect in the grand scheme.

Cossa’s going to get loads of endurance from the Detroit entrance workplace, so the big-picture stakes on the event are minimal. But you possibly can wager all events would like to see a shutdown efficiency on the occasion, launching the netminder onto wherever the Red Wings determine to place him.

(Photo of Simon Edvinsson celebrating a aim for Team Sweden on the 2022 world juniors: Jason Franson / The Canadian Press by way of AP)


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