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Red Wings of Tomorrow: Donovan Sebrango

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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 Donovan Sebrango

Donovan Sebrango

Position: Defense

How Acquired: Selected 63rd overall, 2020 NHL entry draft

2021-22 Stats: (GP-G-A-P) 65-1-6-7 (with Grand Rapids)

Contract Status: 3 years remaining (entry-level)

Anticipated 2022-23 Team: Grand Rapids Griffins

Prospect Synopsis

Sebrango is simply steady, and had a very encouraging 2021-22 campaign with the Griffins. The more impressive part–he won’t even turn 21 until January of 2023. Young but very intelligent, he follows in the line of Steve Yzerman defensive draft picks who possess a high IQ and are very responsible in their own zone.

Grand Rapids General Manager Shawn Horcoff  and the front office were very impressed with the season that Sebrango had.

“He played the whole entire season,” Horcoff said during an interview for the Word on Woodward. “He had a good season. There’s obviously some things to work on and he knows that. His physical maturity and strength is just something through the years and with time, it’ll get better and improve.”

Sebrango also played strong during international play, netting a goal in the World Junior Championships back in December before it was scuttled due to COVID.

Estimated Time of Arrival in Detroit

It’s a crowded blue line these days in Detroit’s prospect pipeline, but Sebrango certainly stands as one of the Red Wings’ better defensemen. Ranked seventh in DHN’s Top 10 Defenseman prospects, it’s a curious case for the 20-year-old in terms of when he’ll arrive with the big team.

With Yzerman certainly looking to retool the Red Wings blue line, there’s no doubt Sebrango will fit into those plans. It will just be further down the line.

Simon Edvinsson being a likely addition should he impress like Moritz Seider, it opens more time for Sebrango to hone his game in Grand Rapids. Albert Johansson is another likely candidate to get an early look in Detroit, but should he need seasoning in Grand Rapids, it gives the Red Wings the opportunity to see some of their better defensive prospects in action at the AHL level. Since he is waiver exempt, Sebrango could certainly get a cup of coffee next season when injuries inevitably happen.

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Likely, it will be later in the season. But his young age combined with the physical maturity Horcoff speaks of, places Sebrango’s full time arrival in Detroit a bit later. Expect a longer look by 2023-24.

But a later arrival in Detroit isn’t a knock on Sebrango. If anything, it will likely make him better and more of an impact when his time does arrive.

“He’s a guy we love,” Horcoff continued. “We love his determination and his competitiveness. He’s got a bright future.”

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Steve B

Donnie’s one of my favourite prospects and I always enjoy hearing positive things said about him. I’ve been saying for nearly a year now that I hope he makes it up to the big club. Still very young, we dont need to rush him. He’s a good stay at home prospect and has the attitude required to make it, just need to be patient with him and make sure he cooks evenly. A good few guys in the line ahead of him, but like I said, he’s young and just needs to keep developing no need to add pressure at this point. I think the fans will like him if he makes it through. He’s got cult status written all over him, I think he’ll do whatever it takes for the Wings including stopping pucks with his face if need be, he just strikes me as that kind of determined,

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