The Athletic is listing their top prospect pipelines in the NHL, defined as the teams with the best crops of players under 23 years of age, and the Red Wings have finished 9th in Corey Pronman’s rankings. Here are Pronman’s top 2 Wings prospects:
1. Moritz Seider, RHD, Rogle-SHL
Apr. 6, 2001 | 6-foot-4 | 183 pounds
Drafted: No. 6 in 2019
Tier: Projected bubble all-star and top of lineup player
Puck Skills: Below-average
Hockey Sense: Average
Seider had as good a season as you could have hoped for, as the best defenseman in the SHL last season and at the world championships. He’s so tough to deal with for opposing forwards. He’s a 6-foot-4, highly mobile, highly physical defender who projects to match up versus top NHL players. His skating helps him transition pucks very well to go with a strong first pass. The offense might never be elite, but it will be good to go with elite defending. Seider projects as a true top-pair defenseman with a chance to be a star No. 1 in the NHL.
2. Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda-SHL
Mar. 28, 2002 | 5-foot-10 | 170 pounds
Drafted: No. 4 in 2020
Tier: Projected top of the lineup player
Puck Skills: High-end
Hockey Sense: Above-average
Raymond is an offensive weapon. He’s an extremely skilled and creative player with the puck who can make dazzling displays of puck handling and passing, and improvise like few forwards out there. Raymond also is a dangerous mid-distance shooter, making him a projected PP1 player in the NHL. He had a good but not amazing season in the SHL for Frolunda. He has the puck talent. The question after watching him versus men the past two seasons at his frame without amazing quickness is how does that play in the NHL. He has great edges and balance but struggles to pull away from checks. It may keep him from ever becoming a star, but I still project him as a top-line forward.