'Bright future': Wings build up depth of promising prospects

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
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First-round picks Filip Zadina, left, and Dennis Cholowski highlight the top prospects in the Detroit Red Wings organization.

Go through the gallery to see an updated list of the Detroit Red Wings' top 25 prospects, ranked by Ted Kulfan. Click here if you have trouble viewing the gallery.

Detroit — The talent pool was satisfactory before the NHL Entry Draft.

The Red Wings had a growing number of prospects who looked as if they could someday make an impact at the NHL level.

But, after what many analysts felt was one of the better hauls of any team in June’s draft, the Red Wings are that much stronger and deeper.

That was apparent at the recent Wings’ development camp. The organization gathered many of their top prospects, including the 10 picks from June’s draft, and excited fans with their skill and potential.

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“It’s fun watching skill,” Shawn Horcoff, director of player development, said after a high-flying intra-squad scrimmage to end the camp. “You can tell these guys have a bright future. That was hopefully the start of many more viewings like that.”

Michael Rasmussen (2017, first round), Filip Zadina (2018, first round) and Dennis Cholowski (2016, first round) lead the parade of top prospects.

Zadina, who fell into the Wings’ laps in June’s draft, is already considered a potential impact player.

A pure goal scorer, Zadina can electrify on the ice with his dazzling shot, and he has the confidence level and skill to jump directly into the NHL.

After the infusion of talent in June’s draft, this is an updated look at the top 25 prospects in the Red Wings’ organization.



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