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Red Wings of Tomorrow: Shai Buium

Buium was a major contributor for the University of Denver, helping them to the 2022 National Championship

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The Red Wings drafted future Denver college player Shai Buium

Red Wings of Tomorrow is assessing every prospect in the Detroit Red Wings system and what they are projecting to be in the future. We’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them as they advance through the Detroit organization. Today, we feature defenseman Shai Buium

Shai Buium

Position: Defenseman

How Acquired: Selected 36th overall, 2021 NHL entry draft

2021-22 totals (GP-G-A-P): 39-3-15-18 (with the University of Denver)

Contract Status: Unsigned

Anticipated 2022-23 Team: University of Denver

Prospect Synopsis

Not only did he log important minutes for the Pioneers, he also had the primary assist on the winning goal in the National Title game. It was the hallmark of his first season: big plays, being in the right place at the right time, and continuing his upward trajectory within the Red Wings prospect pipeline.

Estimated Time of Arrival for the Red Wings

Buium is in a crowded prospect field for the Red Wings, especially on the blue line. But as written in DHN’s top ten prospect piece at defense, Buium already sits at fifth and is likely to find an entry-level contract offered during or after his sophomore season. he adds another wrinkle to what is shaping up to be an impressive prospect for the future.
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A strong follow up to a dynamic freshman year, complete with a national title, should garner an entry-level deal for Buium next season. He may need some time in Grand Rapids, but he could get his NHL shot in 2023-24