Of brief prospect-related note this morning:
- DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji took note of a Tweet posted by DobberProspects’ Tomas Zahorak, who posted a notebook article regarding Swedish prospects’ exploits:
Jonatan Berggren, LW, Skellefteå AIK (Detroit Red Wings): Berggren has some similar traits to [Zion] Nybeck. Both are speedy and skilled wingers who can use their body to protect the puck and I have to say that I really like forwards who play this way. However, Berggren has had an edge on the younger forward. Unlike Nybeck, he has been quite frequently used on the power play, and even though he was not able to capitalize in the preseason, he compensated it right at the start of Skellefteå’s first game of the season. Just after four minutes and seven seconds of play, he became the author of the first goal of the 2020-2021 SHL campaign.
Albin Grewe, RW, Djurgårdens IF (Detroit Red Wings): Grewe is an interesting figure who somewhat stands out from this list. It is mainly because he has a different job than any other player mentioned here. He plays more of a grinding role in the Djurgårdens lineup and I have to say that he has done a very good job so far. He was one of the few players that I actually saw throw a hard hit along the boards during a preseason game. However, it was not just hits that got my attention. He was not afraid to block shots or go to the dirty areas in front of the net. Grewe has shown that this might be his trademark throughout the season. A bold mix of fast skating, drive to the net, hard bodychecking, and shot-blocking as the icing on the cake.
2. And, of note from the Hockey Writers’ Mark Scheig, who penned an article discussing yesterday’s NHL-hosted Zoom call with top prospects:
[Marco] Rossi says he’s spoken to the Red Wings three times. The talks were good in his mind. Apparently Yzerman was on the Zoom calls but his camera was shut off. Imagine what the prospects might be thinking knowing he’s there but you can’t see him.
Notice a theme yet? [Jamie] Drysdale too has had “a few” interviews with the Red Wings. While I still maintain Perfetti is the leader in the clubhouse, the Red Wings are going to get a great player no matter which direction they go. Silver lining for missing out on first overall.