As the Detroit Red Wings continued to fill out their 2021 draft class, they continued to add collegiate-bound prospects. One of those prospects was Red Savage, who is headed to Miami University to join the RedHawks and his brother Ryan Savage.
The Detroit Red Wings also added two teammates who are soon-to-be roommates at Denver University, a rival of the Miami RedHawks. The organization continued to target the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), which is one of the powerhouse conferences in college hockey.
The RedHawks may not be at the top of the conference like Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota, but a relatively new coach in Chris Bergeron is still working to employ his systems and get a team full of “his” commits in there.
Red Savage will join the RedHawks that are going to be looking for an influx of offense to help provide some scoring after Swedish netminder Ludvig Persson stood on his head in most games in the 2020-21 season.
The Detroit Red Wings added some NCHC-bound talent to their draft class.
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Red Savage is a 5-foot-11, 181-pound center/winger who will be an asset to the RedHawks offense. He’s the son of Brian Savage, who played twelve years in the big leagues and was a former assistant captain of the Montreal Canadiens from 2000-2002.
Nowadays, brothers Ryan and Red will be playing together on the same team after Red has finished up his time with the United States Team Development Program (USNTDP). In 2020-21, Savage would log 22 games in the USHL with the USDP team, where he had ten goals and ten assists for twenty points.
Besides that, he had 46 games played with the USNTDP U18 team, where he scored 18 goals and added 24 assists for 42 total points. He will have plenty of opportunities to develop while with the RedHawks.
Savage might even be on a line with his brother, who is likely going to be at the forefront of the RedHawks offense. The Red Wings added a solid talent with Savage, who they selected in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Speaking to the NCHC-product pipeline… it’s a phenomenal conference and the teams are strong. Having players compete in this conference will prepare them well to make that jump and join the organization after some time to develop and hopefully improve areas of their game.
In a best-case scenario, the Red Wings will be able to let their draft picks spend time developing further in a group of top-tier prospects.