The Detroit Red Wings might be looking at another top pick coming soon in next year’s draft with the recent play of the team. Detroit has lost seven straight games and there is no end in sight with three more games in the state of Florida. The most embarrassing part of that game Wednesday was how Tampa scored 3 goals within the first five minutes of the game. Greiss was of course pulled and replaced by Calvin Pickard with his first appearance of the season. As much as we all enjoy watching Fillipula tripping a guy in the offense zone for no reason, I promise you Detroit fans help is coming. Below we are going to discuss some of the young players that will be wearing the winged wheel in the near future.
Lucas Raymond (Round 1, #4 2020)
The 18 year Swedish forward enjoyed a fantastic World Juniors Tournament in Canada, totaling five points in five games for the young Sweed. Lucas is part of four different players from the SHL we will be discussing. Yzerman grabbed the 5’10”, 190lbs pounder for his aggressive play on the forecheck and the ability to create plays for himself and his teammates. He is currently playing for Frolunda, averaging just about a half point per game. Look to see Raymond make the jump to the NHL when Yzerman is able to shed some bad contracts and make more room for the youngster.
Moritz Seider (Round 1, #6, 2019)
The big German defenseman has fans of the Wings drooling. With a 6’4”, 204lb frame Seider has more than thrown his weight around in the SHL. The 19 year old was taken at somewhat of a shock to many at sixth overall in 2019. However in the two years of growth playing overseas, Seider has matured as a player and has found some offensive touch. Moritz recently took a hard fall into the boards in a game, but it sounds like he will be back in a few weeks. I would expect to see Seider make his Grand Rapids debut either late this season or at the start of the 2021-2022 season.
Jonatan Berggren (Round 2, #33, 2018)
Jonatan is a player not many Red Wing fans even know at this moment, but they soon will. The skilled forward has racked up the points in the SHL, averaging a point a game through the first 37 games of the season. He plays for Skelleftea AIK and is only 20 years of old. This is Bergg’s third season in the SHL, but 2021 has been by far his most productive. Hopefully with a couple of moves Yzerman can find a way to get this young player on the Griffins or the Wings before too long.
Elmer Soderblom (Round 6, #159, 2019)
I will be the first to admit i thought nothing of this name when he was taken back in 2019. Fast-forward two years and this 6’8” 238lb winger has officially started the hype train for another late round steal by Detroit. It may take a few more years for this player to develop. But once he does, He will draw comparisons to a skilled power forward like Johan Franzen. Soderblom had a solid World Junior Tournament with three points in five games playing for Sweden. The highlight goals and moves Soderblom has made this year in the SHL already goes to show you his progress.
This concludes our recap of some of the top talent in the Red Wings pipeline. The team on the ice right now, is not the same team that will be on the ice in the 2022-2023 season. One of Yzermans biggest points he made to the Detroit fan base was to have “patience”. Watching this team get outplayed and outcoached on a nightly basis can be frustrating to say the least. However it’s still nice to see some light at the end of the tunnel with the youth the team has on the way.