For a lot of the Purple Wings, coaching camp continues to be greater than every week away — a remaining few days to get prepped for the beginning of the season. However for Detroit’s prospects, the laborious work begins Friday when the group kicks off its annual prospect event.
We do not but know whether or not any of the gamers representing Detroit at this yr’s event might be at Little Caesars Area on October 14, but when any are going to drag a Lucas Raymond and pressure their manner into the opening night time lineup, this week may very nicely be when that course of begins. For others, it’ll simply be about setting a tone for seasons within the AHL, and even junior hockey.
However for everybody concerned, there’s one thing to play for. Listed here are 5 storylines — and 6 gamers — we’ll be watching particularly shut when the puck drops in Traverse Metropolis.
1. Simon Edvinsson begins his roster push
You did not want me to spell this one out for you. The 2021 No. 6 choose would be the largest draw of the occasion, with followers desirous to get a glimpse of the towering Swedish blueliner’s first look in a Purple Wings uniform.
Detroit administration, in the meantime, might be keyed in as to if he appears like he ought to keep in a single come mid-October. Edvinsson was glorious as an 18-year-old within the SHL, defending past his years and producing at a formidable clip (.43 factors per sport) contemplating he was not on certainly one of Frölunda’s main power-play models. After I noticed him dwell final February, he regarded like a participant with shot to step into the NHL the next season. However that projection nonetheless must be backed up, and that course of will start on the prospect event.
“His decision-making is without doubt one of the finest I’ve ever seen.”
How Simon Edvinsson stunned even the individuals who know him finest together with his immediate influence within the SHL this season https://t.co/ogwjuROWP7
— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) March 7, 2022
Edvinsson’s world juniors did not go as deliberate, with meals poisoning and a few minor accidents enjoying an element in an underwhelming displaying. However by the event’s finish, Edvinsson was again to enjoying rock-solid hockey as Sweden got here away with bronze. He’ll most likely need a faster begin this time round, however he has each device to make an early influence and kick-start his roster push.
Two particulars to observe: how is Edvinsson processing the pace of the sport on the small ice (particularly in relation to stress from forecheckers), and the way nicely he can flip his means transition into high quality scoring probabilities for Detroit. They do not must be immediate, but when each can pop shortly, it is a good signal for Edvinsson.
2. Can Kirill Tyutyayev steal the present once more?
Final season, the large headliner coming into the prospect event was Lucas Raymond, with Detroit followers desirous to get their first take a look at the 2020 No. 4 choose. And Raymond ended up having a powerful displaying, with three objectives in two video games. However not less than on night time one, the present was briefly stolen by a little-known seventh-round choose from 2019.
Kirill Tyutyayev scored twice and added an help in Detroit’s first two intervals of the event, shortly asserting himself as a prospect to concentrate to. And whereas these had been his solely factors of the event, he continued to be noticeable the remainder of the best way — producing numerous pleasure for his arrival within the AHL.
Sadly for Tyutyayev and the Griffins, the joy may hardly get off the bottom after that. He was injured early in Grand Rapids — believed to have been a shoulder harm — and ended up enjoying simply 9 video games, through which he had no objectives and three assists.
Now, Tyutyayev is again, with one other likelihood to impress in Traverse Metropolis. It will be laborious to high what he did final fall, however he is a talented, sensible participant who ought to play a major position in Detroit’s prospect contingent.
3. Amadeus Lombardi’s growth camp encore
If Tyutyayev was the shock title popping out of final yr’s prospect event, Lombardi earned the identical title at 2022 growth camp, after a three-on-three event efficiency that included a hat trick. It was a powerful effort from the 2022 fourth-round choose, and now eyes might be on him to see whether or not he can stick with it at five-on-five in opposition to dwell competitors.
Lombardi is an attention-grabbing prospect as a result of regardless of being 19, final season was his first within the OHL, partly because of COVID-19. He is a speedy participant who flashed numerous talent on the summer time prospect camp, and with a relatively brief resume to guage him on, that efficiency was purpose to take word. If he can present that very same means in a extra game-like setting, his inventory of him might be on the rise.
4. How will Elmer Söderblom and Albert Johansson start their North American careers?
Due to the crowded roster image, each Söderblom and Johansson are anticipated to begin the season in Grand Rapids. However they nonetheless have an opportunity to make an announcement, and each have the type of distinctive talent units that might even create long-shot roster paths if they’ll pop straight away.
Johansson has performed three professional seasons in Sweden, so he needs to be a lot snug in opposition to the competitors, and his ft are a few of the finest in Detroit’s system. He compliments that skating expertise with actual puck talent, and whereas he isn’t significantly large at six-foot even, he has the instruments that ought to enable him to create offense at five-on-five within the NHL down the road. Within the brief time period, the questions might be whether or not he is able to deal with NHL measurement and pace defensively, and the potential event needs to be early take a look at in that regard.
In the meantime, Söderblom is a mountain at 6-foot-8 — an virtually unheard-of measurement within the NHL. He’ll have to ensure his footspeed is as much as par, however as soon as Söderblom will get the puck, he is fluid with it, thanks to really spectacular palms for a person of his stature. He isn’t the threatening energy ahead you may anticipate from somebody of his measurements of him, however he can nonetheless make his title of him as a scorer because of these palms and an NHL-caliber shot. That is what made him a top-10 aim scorer in Sweden final yr at simply 20 years outdated, and it is what ought to make him a enjoyable participant to observe in Traverse Metropolis.
5. What is going to Sebastian Cossa present?
Cossa did not get to indicate a lot on the world juniors, backing up Dylan Garand for the gold-medal-winning Canadians, however he needs to be the starter on the prospect event. Detroit rotated its netminders final yr, however with the Purple Wings needing to resolve the place to play Cossa this season, I’m wondering if an extended take a look at the 2021 first-round choose is perhaps so as.
The secure cash is on a return to the WHL for Cossa, however you possibly can guess after profitable the league final season the formidable netminder would like to make a case to play in Grand Rapids. He hasn’t had a dominant effort at Purple Wings’ prospect occasions since being drafted, and plenty of eyes might be on him to show in that type of effort — though, at 19, he is nonetheless a really younger prospect within the grand scheme.
Cossa’s going to get loads of endurance from the Detroit entrance workplace, so the big-picture stakes on the event are minimal. However you possibly can guess all events would like to see a shutdown efficiency on the occasion, launching the netminder onto wherever the Purple Wings resolve to place him.
(Picture of Simon Edvinsson celebrating a aim for Staff Sweden on the 2022 world juniors: Jason Franson / The Canadian Press by way of AP)