Detroit Red Wings Fans Shouldn’t Be in a Rush to See Prospects into NHL Just Yet

January 24th, 2015 by Isaac Smith Leave a reply »

The Detroit Red Wings' 2014-15 NHL season has some shades of last season mixed into it in terms of injuries providing opportunities for younger players to show what they bring to the table in hopes of cementing themselves as full-time NHL players.

Petr Mrazek, Xavier Ouellet and Teemu Pulkkinen have all had opportunities to get NHL experience with injuries to Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson, Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen, respectfully.

With a rash of injuries in the 2013-14 season, the Red Wings benefited greatly from the fully stocked prospect cupboards at general manger Ken Holland's disposal. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar both had their NHL coming-out parties with 28 and 19 goals, respectively, to lead the team in the lamp-lighting department, while Riley Sheahan quietly contributed 24 points in 42 games as a call-up. 

This season has seen a much younger and healthier Detroit Red Wings squad, with Nyquist, Tatar and Sheahan having full-time roles on the Red Wings. But underlying injuries to key players still remain.

However, this season is vastly different to where the Red Wings were a ...

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