Kulfan compiles a “Top 20” Wings prospect list

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan has compiled a list of the Red Wings’ top 20 prospects.

It’s probably never been a better time to be a prospect in the Wings’ organization over the past two decades.

If a young player shows the ability, work ethic and determination, he’s likely to find his way onto the Wings’ roster.

More roster spots will be available, as the Wings’ watch contracts on established veterans expire over the next few seasons — meaning more spots for draft picks.

“I’m hoping and expecting that two, maybe four or five kids, between the ages of 19 and 22 are on the roster next year that weren’t won the team (this season),” Holland said. “I want to get those young people onto the roster when they can help us be competitive.”

With the organization’s young players never more important, here’s a look at the the Red Wings’ top 20 prospects.

Among Kulfan’s comments via photo gallery:

4. Filip Hronek, defenseman. Age: 20. Height/weight: 6-0/178. 2017-18 stats: Grand Rapids (AHL) – 67 games, 11 goals, 28 assists, 39 points. Acquired: Drafted, 2016, second round (No. 53 overall). Skinny: He was one of the most improved players on the Griffins’ roster over the course of the season. Hronek isn’t the biggest guy around, but plays with a lot of heart and isn’t afraid to mix it up physically. He’s further along offensively, including showing a real awareness on the power play.

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