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Prospects Playing For The Wings In The 2021-22 Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Hronek and Zadina have already established they are NHL players, and will be recalled when the NHL signals teams can start preparing for a 2021 season....

The Wings were planning to bring Seider (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) to Detroit for a few games last season before hockey was shut down March 12 because of the pandemic. He’s in Sweden for this season, but considering that the 19-year-old will, is now in his third season of playing professional hockey, he’s all but guaranteed to be a part of the Wings’ lineup in 2021-22.

Raymond, who general manager Steve Yzerman selected at fourth in the 2020 draft, is also likely to be on the team. He had five goals and seven assists in 19 games, ranking second on his team, Frölunda (which is in first place in the SHL) in his second full year in the SHL. Raymond (5-10, 183 pounds) already has topped the 10 points he recorded in 33 games last season.

The Wings, then run by general manager Ken Holland, were thrilled when Berggren was available at 33rd in 2018. The 5-11, 183-pounder is an elite playmaker and skater, as he’s demonstrated this season with five goals and 15 assists in 18 games with Skellefteå. He has indicated he’s ready to challenge for a spot on the Wings next fall.

Bromé (6-0, 183) was signed as a free agent last April. He’s 26, and was never drafted in the NHL. He garnered attention last season after tallying 17 goals and 26 assists in 52 games with Örebro in the SHL, and he’s at nearly a point-a-game this season with three goals and 13 assists in 17 games. He’s an intriguing player, from the standpoint that he presents as a late bloomer who could come in next season and push for a job in the bottom six mix.

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

In Detroit, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (2002, ninth round) and forward Tomas Holmstrom (1994, 10th round) went on to long, successful careers after being selected in late rounds.

And that gives forward Chase Bradley inspiration.

Bradley was the Red Wings’ seventh-round draft pick, the 203rd selection overall, last month. While the odds are against Bradley having a long NHL career, he sees some of those names, and the careers they’ve had, and he’s ready to work for his opportunity.

“For sure, you see some of those players who are drafted in the late round, and the impact they’ve had in the NHL, it’s crazy,” Bradley said in a Zoom media interview after the draft. “It didn’t affect them too much. Being drafted is one of the main things you strive for.

“It definitely doesn’t change my mindset on anything.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/22/20 at 03:38 PM ET

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