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by Primis on 01/19/17 at 02:42 PM ET
Detroit Red WIngs GM Ken Holland has traded away a fair amount of prospects/young players in recent years, in addition to losing several more on waivers. Detroit fans have fretted, gnashed teeth, and more still over most all of these losses in some form.
So... where are these guys now, and what are they actually doing?
C - Calle Jarnkrok - NAS
At one point, Jarknrok and Pulkkinen were considerd DET's potential 1-2 punch of the future (pre Mantha and Larkin). Jarnkrok was traded ot Nashville in the ill-fated deal that brought David Legwand to DET to do.... whatever it was Legwand was supposed to do and didn't..
Jarnkrok, now in his 3rd full NHL season, has regressed. He put up a line of 16-14-30 last year in 81 games and there was hope this season might see another increase. It has not happened. Jarnkrok has 6G and 5 A in 44 games and is struggling to find a place on a team with plenty of other good young forwards who are playing more effectively than he is. Jarnkrok is regularly mentioned as a piece NAS might lose in the expansion draft to Vegas.
W - Teemu Pulkkinen - MIN/Iowa (AHL)
Thr other half of that 1-2 punch was Pulkkinen, a young Finn with a cannon of a shot who scored 34 Goals in 46 AHL games several years ago. Pulkkinen had trouble maintaining anything in Detroit and ultimately was lost on waivers in a numbers game.
Pulkkinen lasted 9 games in Minnesota, managed only 1 goal, and was sent down to AHL Iowa, where he has 12 goals and 26 points in 31 games. Minnesota was expecting a Top 9 player to possibly mesh with Mikael Granlund, and it never materialized. Minnesota currently leads the Central division without his services in the lineup and as time marches on, hopes of him rejoining the Wild are sowly disappearing.
D - Mattias Backman - Texas (AHL)
Backman was traded to Dallas in the deal for Erik Cole. With 8 points in 25 contests and at +13 so far, Backman is settling in as a good AHL regular, though his NHL potential remains murky.
F - Mattias Janmark - DAL (IR)
Another piece of that Erik Cole deal, Janmark had 15 goals and 29 points in 73 contests with the Stars last year and was a big help to them... but has yet to play at all this season due to a serious knee injury that may have lasting impact on his playing career. Overall though hopes still remain fairly high for Janmark's eventual return and contributions to the Stars' lineup.
F - Andrej Nestrasil - CAR/Charlotte (AHL)
Nestrasil was lost to waivers last season to a Canes team interested in adding a bottom 6 young forward. Nestrasil was serviceable in DET but did not stand out, and thus was viewed as expendable. In Carolina he had 23 points in 55 games last season, and was a bit of a surprise. This season he's seen 18 NHL games and managed 5 points and a -3, while also 2 points in 4 games in AHL Charlotte with the Checkers.
Nestrasil has been a decent pick-up for Carolina, but there's not much argument to be made that he would have a spot on or improve this Red WIngs team right now, to be honest. That's not to say he's been a bust or anything either. He likely fits in better to Carolina's organization and plans.
C - Landon Ferraro - STL/Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Ferraro was a speedy checker in DET's system and was claimed off waivers last season to the Boston Bruins. Similar to Nestrasil, Ferraro was fine in his time but there was never goign to be room for him long-term.
Ferraro saw 58 game sin Boston last year for 20 points and was a -8. In the offseason he moved to the St. Louis Blues organization, and is currently playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Ferraro has 15 points in 22 games for the Wolves and has seen no action yet with the Blues. His NHL future seems murky at the moment but not dead.
W - Martin Frk - DET/Grand Rapids (AHL)
Cheating a bit here, but a lot of people have completely forgotten about Frk's odyssey. Lost earlier this season on waivers to Carolina, Frk played 2 scoreless games for the Canes before being exposd again to waivers and DET snapping him back up.
Frk has 13 goals and 23 points in 31 games with Grand Rapids and remains in DET's call-up picture and future.
Take this info I have provided and make of it what you will. I have yet to see anyone compile these guys into one list, so I thught it's be interesting. I'd be curious to hear anyone's thought/comments below, whether they are about the individual players, or Ken Holland and the organization.
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