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Detroit’s ‘Big’ Prospect

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Malte Setkov's size could be an asset as he tries to set himself apart from many other Detroit Red Wings defense prospects.

He's 6-foot-6, and while lanky at 192 pounds, he's still growing into his body.

After playing for Malmo's various junior teams the past four seasons, Setkov is ready for what he hopes is a full season with the Swedish Elite League club's top squad....

The Red Wings hope to see offensive creativity from Setkov this season after he played more of a shutdown role last season. They look forward to watching him at the World Juniors in Vancouver and Victoria.

"I hope he's going to get established in pro hockey and start playing with the puck and start playing in some offensive situations," Red Wings director of player evaluation Jiri Fischer said. "He showed that he's got a very good outlet pass when he's given time. It's accurate, it's right on pace. I think as he's growing as a defenseman he's going to have to figure out how to make those little plays, particularly on big ice under pressure.

"The more he handles the puck the better it's going to be for him. In the meantime, working on the coordination and footspeed. I think his power is going to come."

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