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Red Wings Prospect Report: Sandin Pellikka SHL Champion

Danielson first star of WHL playoff game



Axel Sandin Pellikka, Red Wings prospect
Red Wings 2023 first-round draftee Axel Sandn Pellikka is an SHL champion.

For the second time in three years, a top Detroit Red Wings prospect is lifting a trophy as champion of the Swedish Hockey League. Defenseman Axel Sandin Pellikka and Skelleftea blanked Rogle 2-0 on Monday to capture the best-of-seven SHL final 4-1.

Though he had no points in the final game of the series, Sandin Pellikka directed five shots on the Rogle goal. He played over 17 minutes in Skelleftea’s second defense pairing.

Illness kept him out of the first two games of the set. However, in Game 4, Sandin Pellikka would draw an assist and skate in excess of 25 minutes of ice time. Skelleftea took a 2-1 overtime decision in that game. The 19-year-old defender would finish the postseason with 2-5-7 totals from 14 games.

Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman is already on the record saying that Sandin Pellikka, the 17th overall selection in the 2023 NHL entry draft, will be playing again next season in Sweden. He has yet to sign a contract with Detroit.

In 2022, defenseman Albert Johansson (60th overall, 2019) won the SHL championship with Farjestad.

Red Wings Pick Danielson Plays Starring Role

The Portland Winterhawks were pulling even with the Prince George Cougars in Game 2 of the WHL Western Conference final. Leading the way was Red Wings prospect Nate Danielson. He was earning recognition as the game’s first star after dishing out three assists during a 5-3 victory.

The best-of-seven series is deadlocked at 1-1. Portland is 6-0 in the playoffs when Danielson registers a point.

Danielson is displaying his touch as a playmaker during the WHL postseason. His stat line is showing three goals and 10 assists through 10 games.

Mathurin Down To Last Life

Red Wings pick Tnias Mathurin (137th, 2022) and the North Bay Battalion are on the brink of elimination from the OHL playoffs following Monday’s 5-2 home-ice loss to the Oshawa Generals. Oshawa is holding a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.

Mathurin has collected three assists through 12 games and is among the leaders in the OHL playoffs with a plus-11 rating.

New Life For Larsson

Once a top goaltending prospect for the Red Wings, Filip Larsson was a miserable failure in his first stint playing in North America.

He’s staging a career resurrection in his native Sweden with Laksands IF. Larsson has earned a spot with the Swedish national team for the upcoming IIHF world championship. Monday, Lesksands was reporting that he was leaving to sign with an NHL team.

Reports are that team is the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins were the employers of two former Red Wings goalies this season in Alex Nedeljkovic and Magnus Hellberg.