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Red Wings Prospect Report: Sandin Pellikka Rejoins Skelleftea



Axel Sandin Pellikka, Red Wings prospect

Detroit Red Wings prospect defenseman Axel Sandin Pellikka, sidelined since suffering an undisclosed injury at the World Junior Championships, is returning to Skelleftea’s lineup in the Swedish Hockey League. He is scheduled to play against Modo today.

Sandin Pellikka (drafted 17th overall in 2023) is enjoying a noteworthy rookie season in the Swedish Hockey League.  The dynamic and elusive 18-year-old player has scored nine goals in 25 games. When he was drafted, TSN draft analyst Craig Button compared his style to former NHLer Sergei Zubov.  Sandin Pellikka is an offensive defenseman who does pay attention to his defensive responsibility.

In just a few months, Sandin Pellikka has established himself as one of the top prospects  in the Detroit system. Simon Edvinsson is No. 1 and Sandin Pellikka is probably No. 2 and Nate Danielson or Marco Kasper is No. 3

Gibson Leads Greyhounds in Plus-Minus

The Red Wings seem pleased with the progress Soo Greyhounds defenseman Andrew Gibson (drafted 42nd overall) is making this season. He has scored seven goals, already matching last season’s total. He has 31 points in 47 games.

Gibson leads his team in plus-minus (+29).  He’s a right-shot defenseman, which makes him even more intriguing. He’s 6-foot-4, 206 pounds.

The Greyhounds (32-12-2-1) lead the Ontario Hockey League west division. They have a two point lead over the Saginaw Spirit.

Buchelnikov Has 10 Goals

When it comes to knowing when Russian prospects are coming to the NHL, it feels as if we are back in the cold war era. The absence of Russia from international competition seems to have added some uncertainty to the situation.

Some Russians are urging their younger players to say and play at home. Roman Rotenberg, SKA coach and the first vice president of the Russian Ice Federation, recently urged young Russians not to move so quickly to the NHL.

“They understand that in the USA it’s not smeared with honey,” Rotenberg said

Meanwhile, Dmitry Buchelnikov continues to grow as a prospect. He has 10 goals and 22 points for Vladivostak in the KHL.  He recently earned KHL Rookie of the Week again.