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Five Red Wings prospects listed among ESPN’s Corey Proman’s Top 100 + Top 10 goalies lists

ESPN's prospect guru Corey Pronman, posited a trio of Insider-only entries listing his top 100 prospects (in two parts, prospects 100-51 and 50-1) and top 10 goaltenders today....

And you may be familiar with a certain Czech netminder (who finished four spots behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie the Tampa Bay Lightning picked with the pick the Wings surrendered for Kyle Quincey)...

4. Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 9 GP | 1.74 GAA | .927 SV%

The Czech Republic native has played very well for AHL Grand Rapids the past two seasons, and has been a player who has continued to trend up and experience success. His athletic ability is high-end, and though he can sometimes try to do too much, he has a pretty good head for the game in terms of anticipation and mental toughness.

Three players from the 51-to-100 list...

99. Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit Red Wings (previous ranking: Not eligible)
2013-14 team: USNTDP (USHL)
2013-14 stats: 26 GP | 17 G | 9 A | 24 PIM

Larkin is a great skater with a tremendous two-way work ethic. His speed and ability to change gears for a player at 6-1 are distinguishing characteristics. His pure physical attributes make him very appealing, but he has a solid skill level as well, enough to potentially be a second-line player at the top level with good all-around value.

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81. Teemu Pulkkinen, RW, Detroit Red Wings (Previous ranking: Unranked)
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 3 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 2 PIM

Over the past five years, I've gone way up and down in my evaluation of Pulkkinen, and this past season was more toward the "up" side. Pulkkinen came in for his rookie AHL season and looked great offensively, leading Grand Rapids in scoring with 59 points in 71 games. He's not a perfect offensive player -- he's got mediocre skating ability, a below-average frame and a tendency to be too flashy -- but man, can he create offense. Pulkkinen has great hands, very good vision and a great shot.

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59. Xavier Ouellet, D, Detroit Red Wings (Previous ranking: Unranked)
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 4 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 2 PIM

An undersized defenseman with a wonky skating stride, Ouellet didn't produce many points this season (a mere 17 in 70 AHL contests). However, he is a really good prospect due to his immense hockey IQ. Despite mediocre production this past season, he's shown at the amateur level that he has significant puck-moving potential and with more pro experience he can grow into that role. He could be an NHL regular as soon as this upcoming season.

(Pronman lists Calle Jarnkrok 58th, too)

And I'm biased, but I think player #33 is ranked a little low:

33. Anthony Mantha, LW, Detroit Red Wings (Previous ranking: 86)
2013-14 team: Val-d'Or (QMJHL)
2013-14 stats: 57 GP | 57 G | 63 A | 75 PIM

Mantha had a ridiculously productive season, scoring at a goal-per-game pace through the QMJHL season and playoffs, being named CHL Player of the Year and finishing as a top scorer for Canada at the WJC. He's got very good speed, above-average puck skills and a tough shot for goalies to handle. He's not a perfect player -- he likely won't be a top-end defensive forward and I'm concerned with how he'll handle tough pro minutes -- but he's certainly someone about whom Detroit fans should be excited.

As noted in KK Hockey, Mantha and Ryan Sproul will be taking part in the NHLPA's "Rookie Showcase" on August 23rd.

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RWBill's avatar

Let’s see how Mantha does playing against men for a whole season.  Some already are jonesing for him to be on the Wings top 6.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 08/12/14 at 03:28 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I fully believe that Mantha will be at least a 20-to-25-goal-scorer at some point, but I also fully believe that he’s going to need somewhere between half a year and a full year in the AHL to learn how to play at a pro pace and to play against “men” after dominating in a league of 16-to-20-year-olds.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/12/14 at 03:38 PM ET

elphantasmo5000's avatar

If he is “untouchable” he better produce more than 20-25 goals. I know you said at least, but I’d rather say at least 35 plus at some point for several seasons. I know that won’t happen right away, but that should be a reasonably obtainable output for him once he gets his opportunity and adjusts to the NHL. With that said, you just never know about a prospect until it happens. Hoping for the best with him.

Posted by elphantasmo5000 on 08/12/14 at 04:11 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I fully believe that Mantha will be at least a 20-to-25-goal-scorer at some point, but I also fully believe that he’s going to need somewhere between half a year and a full year in the AHL to learn how to play at a pro pace and to play against “men” after dominating in a league of 16-to-20-year-olds.

Agreed. I watched him in some playoff games. He looked quite “Green”.

Posted by bigfrog on 08/12/14 at 04:57 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

I don’t really get why the cap on Mantha’s ceiling is 25 goals.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 08/13/14 at 02:54 PM ET

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