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It has been a great pleasure over the past 16 years providing you with exclusive, in-depth coverage of Detroit Red Wings prospects.

Whether it was future stars such as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg or Niklas Kronwall or a prospect who never made it such as Igor Grigorenko, Christofer Lofberg or Alexander Seluyanov — I loved the weekly tradition of keeping you informed with news, notes, stats and the inside scoop straight from the mouths of scouts.

However, there comes a time to move on — even from a good thing — and while Red Wings Central is not completely shutting down and going dark, there will be no new content posted as of September 2014. That means the end of traditional coverage including weekly RWC Reports, prospect rankings, draft coverage and maintenance of prospect scouting profiles.

The site will remain up indefinitely for reference purposes and the message board will remain open indefinitely. Regular, long-time users are encouraged to continue posting if they wish so the online community remains alive and well.

Thank you for visiting and supporting the site through the years. And a special thank you to Jim Nill, Hakan Andersson, Jiri Fischer, Joe McDonnell, Mark Leach, David Kolb and the Detroit Red Wings scouting staff — past and present — for returning countless calls and being so accommodating.

Sincerely,

Matthew Wuest

Teemu Pulkkinen
Published on Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:33 pm, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
The Grand Rapids Griffins haven’t missed a beat as they prepare to defend last year’s AHL Calder Cup triumph.
Mitchell Wheaton
Published on Monday, April 7, 2014, 1:02 pm, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
The Detroit Red Wings have a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defenseman who is quietly developing into a quality prospect on the Canadian Hockey League’s No. 1 team.
Colin Campbell
Published on Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:43 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
The Detroit Red Wings have loaded up on young skill in the NHL draft over the past half-decade. Now, they’re using free agency to add young grit.
Ryan Sproul
Published on Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:54 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
When the Detroit Red Wings selected Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul just six picks apart in the second round of the 2011 draft, they desperately needed to restock their shelves on the blue line.
Calle Jarnkrok
Published on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:33 pm, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
The trading of Calle Jarnkrok has been the subject of much debate since the Detroit Red Wings sent the Swedish center to the Nashville Predators.
Teemu Pulkkinen
Published on Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:40 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Teemu Pulkkinen’s elite shooting ability has always been his No. 1 asset — and the American Hockey League is getting a taste of what it’s all about this season.
Mattias Backman
Published on Monday, February 24, 2014, 11:59 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
There’s no timetable for defenseman Mattias Backman to bring his game to North America just yet — but for now, he’s excelling in the Swedish Hockey League.
Mitchell Callahan
Published on Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:13 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
It’s not clear whether Mitchell Callahan will ever get a chance with the Detroit Red Wings. But what is clear is he’s doing everything he can to earn his shot.
Landon Ferraro
Published on Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:47 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Landon Ferraro has the rest of the season and training camp to show the Detroit Red Wings he belongs in the NHL — otherwise he’ll be riding the waiver wire.
Calle Jarnkrok
Published on Monday, February 3, 2014, 11:57 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Calle Jarnkrok refuses to cheat — and while that’s a good thing for an organization built around elite two-way players, it’s a bad thing for his stats.
Anthony Mantha
Published on Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:34 pm, under RWC Rankings
It’s looking more and more like the Detroit Red Wings hit the jackpot drafting Anthony Mantha.
Mattias Janmark
Published on Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:23 am, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Mattias Janmark is becoming a hard player to keep off the scoresheet.
Hampus Melen
Published on Monday, January 13, 2014, 3:35 pm, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Hampus Melen’s season is over and it’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to the ice — but the Detroit Red Wings remain intrigued by his upside.
Teemu Pulkkinen
Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 2:15 pm, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
The Detroit Red Wings have called on the Grand Rapids Griffins for seven prospects this season, but Teemu Pulkkinen has yet to earn his first NHL look.
Anthony Mantha
Published on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 5:11 pm, under 2013-14 RWC Reports
The fact that Anthony Mantha was on Canada’s so-called “roster bubble” just a week before the IIHF world junior championship is looking baffling now.


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