Lucas Raymond, Joe Veleno and Jonatan Berggren can probably feel the clock counting down.
The Detroit Red Wings play the Columbus Blue Jackets home tonight (7 p.m.) for their third of eight preseason games. That means prospects are already running short on days to impress coaches. The Red Wings’ home opener, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, is just 12 days away.
The Jakub Vrana four-month injury absence does create an extra opportunity for the prospects. But veteran Bobby Ryan, on a tryout contract, is also a prime contender to replace Vrana. If he continues to play as impressively as he did against Chicago, he is probably the favorite. Also, GM Steve Yzerman was aggressive in the offseason and could still make a significant deal to bolster this roster.
Here’s an overview of where Red Wings prospects are at in their quest to make the team for 2021-22: