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Top prospects for Detroit Red Wings

Defenseman Seider, forward Zadina could contribute this season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the top five prospects for the Detroit Red Wings, according to NHL.com.

 

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1. Lucas Raymond, F 

How acquired: Selected with No. 4 pick in 2020 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Frolunda (SHL): 33 GP, 4-6-10

Raymond is the Red Wings' highest pick since the 1990 NHL Draft, when they selected forward Keith Primeau at No. 3. 

"We think he has all the tools to be an elite forward in the NHL," Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman said.

The 18-year-old left wing excelled against junior players and is playing for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League for a second straight season. The most important thing is for Raymond (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) to grow.

"It's just filling out, physically developing, getting stronger, going from a teenager to a man," Yzerman said. "You do that through training and through playing. We think he has the tools, the skills. He's just got to put the time and the work in, and it's just the natural evolution of a teenager turning into an adult. We just believe it's a matter of time."

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

Video: Lucas Raymond on being drafted by the Red Wings

 

2. Moritz Seider, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 6 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Grand Rapids (AHL): 49 GP, 2-20-22

Seider is the Red Wings' highest-selected defenseman since the 1975 NHL Draft, when they picked Rick Lapointe at No. 5.

Seider played for Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany in 2018-19 and Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League last season. The 19-year-old was loaned to Rogle of the SHL and he can return to play in North America after Rogle's season ends.

"He's a bright kid," Yzerman told NHL Network. "Great attitude. Big (6-4, 203). Good athlete. I think he's got good hockey sense, good skills, as far as passing the puck, shooting the puck, his skating. So I think there's great potential there. We think we were able to potentially get a big [defenseman] that can play in all situations and log a lot of minutes. They're pretty valuable."

Projected NHL arrival: This season

 

3. Filip Zadina, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 6 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Detroit (NHL): 28 GP, 8-7-15; Grand Rapids (AHL): 21 GP, 9-7-16

The Red Wings selected Zadina one pick before the Vancouver Canucks selected defenseman Quinn Hughes. Zadina has played 37 games in the NHL and 80 in the AHL the past two seasons. Hughes was runner-up last season in the voting for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL rookie of the year, finishing second to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar.

The Red Wings have high hopes for Zadina (6-0, 189) for the same reason they selected him: his dynamic offensive ability. They loaned the 20-year-old to Trinec of the Czech Extraliga, but he can return to North America once the NHL and AHL seasons start.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

Video: PIT@DET: Zadina threads PPG home through traffic

 

4. Jonatan Berggren, F 

How acquired: Selected with No. 33 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Skelleftea (SHL): 24 GP, 2-10-12

When the Red Wings knew their 25-season Stanley Cup Playoff streak was about to end in 2016-17, they began stockpiling draft picks to give themselves more chances to find players for their rebuild.

It might pay off with Berggren, a 20-year-old right wing who was selected by the Red Wings with a pick they received in a trade with the New York Rangers for defenseman Brendan Smith before the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline.

Injuries limited Bergrren (5-10, 181) to 40 games for Skelleftea of the SHL over the past two seasons.

Projected NHL arrival: 2022-23

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5. Joseph Veleno, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 30 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

2019-20 season: Grand Rapids (AHL): 54 GP, 11-12-23

The Red Wings selected the center three spots ahead of Berggren with a pick they received in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Tomas Tatar before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline.

After playing last season for Grand Rapids of the AHL, the 20-year-old was loaned to Malmo of the SHL this season. Veleno (6-1, 198) can return to North America after Malmo's season ends.

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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