5.Landon Ferraro– Landon is a 6 foot center who has stayed in the AHL most of his professional career. This past year he spent 3 games with the Red Wings and scored 1 goal and no assists. Fortunately Landon shoots right and the Red Wings lack a right handed shooting player. I predict that he will develop into a nice bottom six checking role for the years to come. He was drafted #32 in the 2009 draft. He is also the son of former NHLer Ray Ferraro.
4.Yevgeni Svechnikov– Yevgeni was taken at #19 in this past years draft by the Red Wings. He is 6.2″ left winger and posses an accurate shot and some magic hands. Some compare him to Pavel Datsyuk but I like to compare him Ilya Kovalchuk because they both have a punishing wrist shot. I think that Yevgeni will be a second or first line sniper depending on who is still on the team.
3. Ryan Sproul– Ryan Sproul is 6.3″ and is a right handed defender the Red Wings lack right handed defenders besides Mike Green. He had 24 points in 66 AHL games last season and could grow into a player like Kris Letang (hopefully without the injuries). He was drafted #55 in the 2011 draft.
2. Dylan Larkin– Dylan Larkin is a talented center who made his name known at this year’s World Junior Championship tournament. He was a freshman at the University Of Michigan and recorded 47 points in 35 games. He signed an entry level contract with the Grand Rapid Griffins for the playoffs and recorded 5 points in 6 games. He was drafted #15 in the 2014 draft. I see Dylan being our number 1 center after datsyuk retires, he has a ton of potential and looks responsible in all three zones.
1. Anthony Mantha– Anthony Mantha is a stud prospect who was amazing in his final QMJHL season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The hulking 6’5″ winger tallied 57 goals and 120 points in 57 games, he had a disappointing first year in the AHL and says the past is behind him. He recorded 33 points in 62 games in the AHL. I believe he will be our top right winger in the next few years. He was drafted #20 in the 2013 draft.