The Athletic’s Corey Pronman has released a list of his top 194 players who are 22 years of age or younger, and several Red Wings made his cut:
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.
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.
Nov. 21, 2002 | 6-foot-6 | 210 pounds
Drafted: No. 15 in 2021
Tier: Projected bubble top and middle of the lineup player or quality starting goaltender
Hockey Sense: Average
Cossa was as good as you could have asked him to be in the WHL, dominating the league for two seasons. His athletic toolkit is very intriguing as a 6-foot-6 goalie who can move very well for that size. He covers a lot of net with his length. He has some quick twitch in his frame in how he moves around the net, and gets in and out of his butterfly. Cossa’s reads are typically great. He loses track of some pucks and can be a bit busy in the net but usually anticipates the play very well. I love his selective aggressiveness with his positioning, and how he takes away angles with his size as well as how well he uses his stick to break up a lot of plays. Cossa projects as a quality NHL starting goaltender with the potential to become an upper-echelon goalie.
Continued (paywall), with Simon Edvinsson (77th), Michael Rasmussen (122nd), Filip Zadina (123rd), Joe Veleno (143rd), Albert Johansson (149th), Jonatan Berggren (157th) and Elmer Soderblom (170th) making his list…