Detroit Red Wings: 3 prospects that fans should be excited about

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As the Detroit Red Wings continue to observe the “prospect mini-camp” in Sweden, take a look at three prospects to be most excited about as they develop.

The Detroit Red Wings currently have a plethora of prospects in the system across various levels. Some of these players are over in Sweden, in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), playing in a COVID-19 version of prospect mini-camp.

While that is happening, other prospects are playing at the NCAA-level for various schools around the country. Some of these schools have yet to begin their 2020-21 season, but between the SHL, the Finnish professional SM-Liiga, and Czech leagues are where most of the Red Wings prospects are overseas.

There are plenty of prospects who have a lot of promise, from first-round draft choices like Lucas Raymond to Moritz Seider. However, there are also players like Carter Gylander and Sam Stange, who were later round selections.

It’s not just the first-round draft choices that look like they could have promising development paths on their way to the NHL. However, with the way Steve Yzerman has commanded the last two drafts, this should be no surprise.

In his first two seasons, newly-hired General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman did a fantastic job of adding in talent to set up the Red Wings for the future as this rebuild chugs along. For this article, I chose three prospects who were not first-round draft choices.

These are all prospects who have not signed their entry-level contracts yet, meaning they have not played for a Red Wings affiliate and are still playing overseas, in Juniors, or at the NCAA-level.

For the Red Wings, they have a plethora of talent playing out their careers at these subsequent levels, hoping to continue making the jump from each level on up. When all is said and done, the hope is that all of these players will be able to make it to the NHL-level and live up to expectations.

Yzerman is building something special; the Yzerplan is very real and very exciting. Fans should be excited, which sounds weird to say after a 17-49-5 finish in the 2019-20 season. However, the future is bright, and Yzerman has been able to do a lot, with a little during his short time as the Red Wings GM.

Take a look into three players and explore why they are all players that Red Wings fans should be excited about, even if they are holdovers from the Ken Holland era.