The Detroit Red Wings announced the club’s roster for next month’s NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. It’s including 14 of the their draft picks, but just two of the club’s 2022 NHL entry draft selections.
Defenseman Tnias Mathurin (137th overall) and center Amadeus Lombardi (113th overall) are the only two players from the 2022 draft who’ll be in the tourney. The rest of Detroit’s picks are either playing in Europe, or headed to NCAA hockey and thus unavailable.
Four players from the 2021 draft will be on hand, including both first-round picks – defenseman Simon Edvinsson (sixth overall) and goaltender Sebastian Cossa (15th overall). Also participating from the 2021 draft are center Paquale Vito (166th overall) and defenseman Oscar Plandowski (155th overall).
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The 2020 Red Wings draft is also gaining representation from four players. On the roster are right-winger Cross Hanas (55th overall), defensemen Donovan Sebrango (63rd) and Eemil Viro (70th) and goaltender Jan Bednar (107th). The latter three all participated in the recent IIHF World Junior Championship. Canada and Sebrango defeated Viro and Finland in the gold-medal game. Bednar and Czechia lost to Edvinsson and Sweden for the bronze medal.
From the 2019 draft, there’s defenseman Albert Johansson (60th) and left-wingers Elmer Soderblom (159th) and Kirill Tyutyayev (190th). Soderblom led Frolunda of the SHL with 21 goals last season. while Johansson won an SHL championship with Farjestad. Defenseman Seth Barton (81st) overall is the lone participant selected by the Red Wings in the 2018 draft.
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Free-agent attendees include goaltender Andrew Oke and forwards Riley Piercey, Jake Uberti, Drew Worrad, Trenton Bliss, Marcus Limpar-Lantz, Julien Anctil, Jacob Mathieu, Mitchell Martin and Ivan Ivan.
The double down Ivan led the QMJHL Cape Breton Eagles with 31 goals and 65 points last season. He played for Czechia in this month’s World Juniors. Martin, from the OHL Kitchener Rangers, attended the Red Wings summer development camp. So did Anctil, Bliss, Piercey and Oke.
Do you remember Ivan Ivan?
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Oke, from the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit, was part of the USA Hockey roster at the World Juniors. Piercey and Lombardi are teammates with the OHL Flint Firebirds. Worrad (Western Michigan) and Bliss (Michigan Tech) played last season for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins following the conclusion of their college careers.
Anctil (Sherbrooke Phoenix) and Mathieu (Rimouski Oceanic) are from the QMJHL, while Uberti (Mississauga Steelheads) is from the OHL. Limpar-Lantz played last seson with Orebo of the SHL. An import draft pick of the Sarnia Sting, Limpar-Lantz will play in the OHL this season.
The Red Wings open their slate of tournament games on Friday, September 16 at 3:00 pm against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On the following day, Detroit will meet the Dallas Stars at 6:00 pm. To wrap up the event, the Red Wings are facing the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, September 19 at 11:00 am.
With just five teams participating in the tourney, caauing an unbalanced schedule, the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup will not be awarded this season.