July 28 2016 01:33AM
Xavier Ouellet, who is our (spoiler alert) top ranked defenseman in the prospect pool, takes us to the podium for the bronze medal on the list. Drafted 46th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, Ouellet has developed into a well rounded defenseman in the AHL, with good upside for NHL potential. He has some NHL experience, and he's likely going to get his fair share of ice time this year, since he is waiver eligible this season.
July 27 2016 10:58AM
Tyler Bertuzzi, the nephew of ex-Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi, comes in at #4 on our rankings at the Wings Nation. Ranked 207th among North American skaters at the time, largely due to missing significant time with a bad neck injury in consecutive seasons, the Wings went off the board to select him 58th overall back in 2013. It didn't take long for the rest of the league to understand why the Wings sprung so early on the gritty 6'1, 190lbs Sudbury, Ontario native. Now a regular on the Griffins and one of the most consistent playoff scoring wingers in Detroit's system, the excitement from the fanbase has been growing exponentially around this kid to the point where many hope he gets a look with the big club upcoming season.
July 27 2016 09:21AM
After writing about Mrazek the other day, I couldn't help but feel that Mrazek was going to be the person coming out ahead in this deal. He is a player that is taking over the starting net for the Wings and has shown a lot of promise in his short time with the team. According to Elliotte Friedman, the Red Wings have avoided arbitration and have signed Mrazek to a two-year deal with a 4 million dollar AAV.
July 26 2016 05:25PM
Things are getting interesting in the Detroit hockey world, and the Winged Wheel Podcast comes together to discuss it in a completely biased and unobjective manner. A show filled with rants, a guest star, and rowdy Instagram photos, this podcast is a great way to wonder how you just wasted an hour of your life.
July 26 2016 12:24PM
Going into the 15-16 World Junior Championships everyone knew that Finland was one of the favorites to claim a gold medal. We all knew who their key players were going to be: Mikko Rantanen, Sebastien Aho, Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrik Laine & Olli Juolevi. However, there was one other player who opened eyes for the Gold Medalists that few knew before the tournament, Vili Saarijarvi.
The undersized yet extremely skilled defenseman turned into one of Finland’s most dynamic players at the tournament and on what might go down as one of the best World Jr. teams ever assembled, that’s really saying something.
Saarijarvi may not be the Wings top prospect but at this point in the franchise flux, he may be the most important. One of the things the Wings are in short supply of currently are mobile defenseman with high offensive upside and the way the game is currently played, there is a high importance for this type of player.