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Homegrown talent powers Red Wings

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 11:02 a.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist (Credit: Mark Newman)

For the most part, the Detroit Red Wings no longer rank among the NHL’s statistical leaders. But they did top the charts in one interesting category this season.

According to the most recent edition of The Hockey News, the Red Wings are No. 1 in the NHL with 18 homegrown players, despite a league-low 230 games played per first-round pick and the league’s lowest average first-round selection at just 23rd overall.

That includes picks from 2004 and earlier that have formed the foundation of the current edition of the Red Wings; their top three forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, their No. 1 defenseman Niklas Kronwall, and starting goaltender Jimmy Howard, not to mention supporting players Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and recycled Kyle Quincey.

But the list also includes 10 players drafted in 2005 or later — the likes of forwards Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist, Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader and defensemen Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith — who the Red Wings hope will help lead their so-called rebuild-on-the-fly.

Keep in mind, The Hockey News’s list excludes free-agent prospect signings Danny DeKeyser, Damien Brunner and Brian Lashoff, a trio that could be considered homegrown by some standards.

While the volume of homegrown content is a testament to Detroit’s shrewd drafting, the key to the franchise’s continued success will be developing the players drafted since 2005 into front-line talents. With Datysuk, Zetterberg, Franzen and Kronwall inching up in age, and the unrestricted free agent market annually bereft of elite talent, replacing them from within is paramount.

NOTES: The Red Wings lost a big piece of their prospect development and drafting puzzle with the departure of assistant general manager Jim Nill to the Dallas Stars this week. Nill, who takes over as the Stars’ GM, was responsible for scouting early-round prospects in North America and Europe, as well as other prospects identified by team scouts. He also scouted the CCHA heavily and had the final say at the draft table and on signing picks and free-agent prospects. Director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell and director of European scouting Hakan Andersson will likely shoulder more responsibility in the meantime, while Jiri Fischer has been shining in his role as director of player development. Nill will be missed, but the scouting staff that has been finding NHLers with regularity — 31 players with at least one NHL game across 13 drafts from 1998 to 2010 — remains intact … The Grand Rapids Griffins are tied 1-1 with the Houston Aeros in the AHL first round. Tomas Jurco’s late-season surge continued, as the 20-year-old freshman winger potted two goals in a 3-2 Game 2 victory, while rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek has stopped 46 of 50 shots against … Defenseman Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) was eliminated from the QMJHL semifinals last week and joined Grand Rapids. Ouellet was leading all QMJHL defense scorers with seven goals and nine assists in just 15 games … Forward Marek Tvrdon (Vancouver, WHL) also joined the Griffins as he recovers from an arm infection that has sidelined him since November … Right-winger Martin Frk (Halifax, QMJHL) has helped the Mooseheads sweep their way to the QMJHL final against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, while left-winger Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie, OHL) has reached the OHL final against the London Knights after a seven-game semifinal win over Alan Quine’s Belleville Bulls. Quine, in search of a contract, finished with eight goals and seven assists in 17 games … Defenseman James De Haas (Penticton, BCHL) saw his team eliminated in the BCHL final by the Surrey Eagles in six games.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL AHL 9 0 3 3 0 +3 10
Sproul, Ryan Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1 7
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 1 1 2 -1 3
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids AHL AHL 58 23 37 60 34 +10 169
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL AHL 72 24 23 47 44 +6 156
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 10 17 27 55 +1 84
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 3 6 9 35 +5 43
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL AHL 37 2 4 6 23 +6 40
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 61 23 26 49 50 +8 205
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL AHL 68 10 21 31 34 +13 93
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL AHL 25 1 2 3 10 0 18
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL AHL 38 3 6 9 43 +1 29
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL AHL 72 16 20 36 33 +5 115
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL AHL 64 4 8 12 60 -2 80
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL AHL 71 11 9 20 93 -3 136
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 74 14 14 28 22 +6 119
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL AHL 30 1 5 6 23 -1 24
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL AHL 25 3 3 6 2 +1 28
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 64 28 40 68 22 +6 260
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL ECHL 40 11 30 41 26 +17 113
Fournier, Gleason Toledo ECHL ECHL 15 1 0 1 12 +8 19
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 19 14 16 30 6 +6 86
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State WCHA NCAA 42 4 27 31 14 +19 76
Marshall, Ben Minnesota WCHA NCAA 40 8 11 19 20 +8 73
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL USHL/JR-A 42 3 18 21 292 +15 60
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 53 5 19 24 19
Frk, Martin Halifax QMJHL CHL 56 35 49 84 84 +31 180
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand QMJHL CHL 50 10 31 41 44 +14 166
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 65 15 20 35 63 -1 139
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 50 20 46 66 45 0
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 66 29 38 67 30 +13
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 52 23 44 67 30 +13
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver WHL CHL 18 8 14 22 16 +2
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 72 7 21 28 105 -13
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL EUR 53 13 29 42 12 -2 136
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 53 2 24 26 34 +5 67
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN EUR 59 14 20 34 49 +5 260
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow KHL EUR 44 4 5 9 6 -2 46
Bodin, Rasmus Tranas SWE-3 EUR 6 0 3 3 0 -5
Bodin, Rasmus HV-71 SWE-J20 EUR-JR 13 0 1 1 10 -1 11

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 50 25 18 5 1 3.53 .901
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 31 18 11 2 2 2.63 .904
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 4 0 3 0 0 4.32 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 42 23 16 2 1 2.33 .916
Mrazek, Petr Toledo ECHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.02 .944
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 31 15 11 3 2 2.76 .899

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 2 0 2 0 0 6
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 1 0 1 0 0 9
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 1 1 0 +2 3
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 1 1 0 -1 5
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2 1
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1 1
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 2 0 1
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 2 0 3
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 6 0 4 4 2 -4 6
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 6 3 2 5 6 -1 26
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL ECHL 4 1 2 3 0 -3 17
Nicastro, Max Toledo ECHL ECHL 4 1 0 1 0 -2 3
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow KHL EUR 7 0 0 0 0 -1 5
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL EUR 4 0 0 0 6 -3 7
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 10 2 4 6 4 +6 15
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN EUR 6 2 3 5 2 +2 38
Frk, Martin Halifax QMJHL CHL 12 11 13 24 20 +7 56
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 9 6 1 7 6 +1 24
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Broisbriand QMJHL CHL 15 7 9 16 22 +7 54
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 6 2 3 5 0 -4
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 15 6 10 16 7 +8
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 17 8 7 15 6 +9
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 15 3 6 9 8
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL USHL/JR-A 5 0 4 4 18 0 4

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 2 1 1 0 2.03 .920
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 4 2 0 1 1.95 .936
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 4 0 4 0 5.36 .860
34 Comments
  1. gusforcalder says:

    Mal – I agree with you. Just look at Danny D on that list . .he was our best d man down the stretch and they have him at 7.5 and a D behind Smith. . Can’t blame them though – it’s hard to predict! I have to say the Wings are stacked, you are not going to replace a Lids or Pav or Z but I think just with their homegrown guys they’ll be a competitive playoff team for the foreseeable future.

  2. yannick says:

    @ Mal

    I also don’t really agree with HF ratings sometimes (like Bodin, good catch!), but it’s useful when comparing Detroit’s prospects to the other NHL teams. Otherwise, their prospect’s criterias are: < 65 NHL games and up to 24 y.o., so Smith will graduate next year. It's probably too many games but at least it's consistent among all teams.

    But when it comes to the Red Wings prospects only, no site is better than our host RWC obviously.

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