Detroit Red Wings: A check-up on the organization’s goaltending prospects

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Take a look at how three of the Detroit Red Wings goaltending prospects fared in their respective leagues during the 2019-20 season.

The 2019-20 season seems to be all but over for the Detroit Red Wings as well as most other leagues around the world. Leagues have started cancelling the remainder of their seasons and even started handing out post-season awards.

The Red Wings have seen some of their prospects be affected by this shutdown, cancellation, postponement across various leagues. During this Red Wings rebuild, the future of the goaltending core has gotten worse and worse as time goes on.

With Jimmy Howard seemingly forgetting how to play goalie in 2019-20, Jonathan Bernier rose to the occasion, but he is not the long-term answer for this organization. That being said, the question that begs to be asked is if there is help from within the organization for goalies.

The Red Wings have drafted some goalies the last few years who are all at different stages of development and different programs/leagues across the country, whether it is Juinor A hockey, NCAA hockey, or the minor leagues.

Bernier is signed through the 2020-21 season. Still, after that, it falls onto the hands of these goalies who are currently trying to earn their shot to get into the minors and presumably the National Hockey League( NHL) as the future Red Wings puck stopper.

The Red Wings have players like Carter Gylander, Filip Larsson, and Keith Petruzzelli, who are all up for the task and should be considered for the position. These three are not the only three prospects; the organization does have some other candidates.

Someone like Kaden Fulcher has just as much business being in the conversation, but these three seem to have the best chances. However, Larsson had a down year, his college pedigree in the NCHC, and the fact that he is in the organization makes him a frontrunner for a chance in the NHL.

Only time will tell for all of these netminders, but if one thing is sure, the Red Wings need a goaltender, and if they can get one nailed down, it will make things much more manageable. It seems that Howard’s time in the organization is up, and replacing him from within will take time.

A free-agent signing of someone like Robin Lehner this offseason will create a platoon spot for Bernier and another goaltender, which buys time. A temporary fix will allow the Red Wings to keep sorting through the options within and decide who deserves that shot in the NHL.

So in a time where sports are on paused the hockey season seems to be over for amateur teams as well as the last-place Detroit Red Wings, take a look at how the goaltending prospects performed.

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