Ahead of Thursday’s prospect tournament in Traverse City, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan has posted a primer preparing fans for the tournament, including capsule profiles of some of the Wings’ top prospects:
► Joe Veleno, forward (2018 first-round draft pick): Veleno impressed with the Wings in a brief look toward the end of season. But, with the additions the Wings have made, it’s going to be awfully difficult for Veleno to land a spot in Detroit unless he dominates in this tournament and training camp, and injuries hit the Wings’ roster.
► Jonatan Berggren, forward (2018, second round): Berggren had 45 points (12 goals) in 49 games for Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League last season, and further ignited expectations he could become a forceful, top-six NHL winger. At 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, Berggren has dynamic, playmaking skills, although there has been concern about staying healthy. Before last season, his two previous years were shortened due to injuries.
► Sebastian Cossa, goaltender, (2021, first round): The 6-foot-6 goalie already has been christened the Wings’ goalie of the future, never mind he hasn’t played a game of pro hockey. Cossa was 17-1-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in Edmonton (WHL), where he’ll play again this season. It’ll be interesting to watch elite players similar to Cossa’s age facing him in this setting.