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by Paul on 06/05/14 at 07:26 PM ET
from Adam Schnepp of Hockey's Future,
It seemed as though Detroit's much lauded playoff streak would come to an end in 2013-14 until a mid-season influx of young talent bolstered the ranks and reinvigorated a floundering Detroit Red Wings team. Prospects such as Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco were initially called up to fill in for injured NHL players, but they performed at such a high level that they never relinquished their jobs.
In the AHL, the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. An injury to offensively gifted defenseman Adam Almquist changed the composure of the blue line, but Swedish import Mattias Backman made quite an impression in his first AHL games. Despite the series loss, goaltender Petr Mrazek was brilliant and appears to be ready for NHL back-up duty in 2014-15.
The CHL had two Red Wings prospects who laced up their skates later in the season than any others in Val d-Or's Anthony Mantha and Guelph's Tyler Bertuzzi. The two competed against each other in the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup in London, Ont. Mantha continued his torrid scoring pace, while Bertuzzi unexpectedly returned from a neck injury.
Ben Marshall had a very solid 2014 NCAA Tournament, helping the University of Minnesota get to the Frozen Four before losing in the National Championship game to Union.
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