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The Detroit Red Wings have to be pleased with the work of prospect goalies Sebastian Cossa, 20, and John Lethemon, 26, in helping the Toledo Walleye claim a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Indy Fuel.

The Walleye can finish the sweep in that series tonight by beating the Fuel in Indianapolis. If Walleye coach Dan Watson continues to rotate his goalies, Lethemon, 26, would start tonight.

Cossa made 28 saves Tuesday in his second start in the series. He owns a 1.00 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in those two outings against the Fuel. Lethemon made 34 stops in his winning effort in Game 2.

The Red Wings signed Lethemon in March, presumably with the idea that he would be in their minor league mix next season. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.  Detroit defensemen prospects Eemil Viro, Donovan Sebrango and Seth Barton are also playing for the Walleye.

Red Wings’ Offseason

The Red Wings  are preparing for the 2023 NHL draft (June 28-29, Nashville). Detroit owns 10 two first-round selection (their own and the New York Islanders’ pick), plus three second round picks, one third, one fourth (from Minnesota in Oskar Sundqvist deal) and a fifth, sixth and seventh rounder. The extra seconds come from St. Louis (Nick Leddy deal) and Vancouver (Filip Hronek deal). They got the Islanders’ pick from Vancouver in the Hronek. The Canucks got it from the Islanders in the Bo Horvat deal.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • The Red Wings will play two regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden next season.
  • Detroit prospect Pontus Andreasson, 24, is heading back to Lulea to play next season. He signed a four-year deal with the Swedish club.
  •  GM Steve Yzerman is pleased with the progress goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa is making in Toledo.

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