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RedWingsCentral presents new slate of Red Wings prospect rankings

Last week, Hockey’s Future’s John Henkelman posted assessments of the Red Wings’ AHL-playing prospects, and today, the resident guru of all things prospect-related, RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest, offers a new slate of rankings of the top 20 Wings prospects both playing in the AHL and elsewhere. Let’s stick with Wuest’s teaser about Brendan Smith, who both Wuest and Grand Rapids Griffins GM Bob McNamara believe could use a little more AHL seasoning, and then let’s gab a bit about his rankings in the comments section:

“He’s going to be a significant player in the NHL, he’s going to be a guy who could possibly end up running the Red Wings’ power play at some point, but he probably needs a little bit more seasoning,” said Griffins general manager Bob McNamara. “I don’t know that he would be a regular (yet). He’ll probably be a call-up guy, but his time is not long in the American League.”

Smith stayed ahead of four quality forwards in the end-of-season ranking, edging out Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Jan Mursak and Calle Jarnkrok.

The top 10 is extremely forward-heavy, with Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen, Cory Emmerton and Joakim Andersson earning spots six through nine. Goaltender Petr Mrazek, making his debut in the top 10, joins Smith as the only non-forward in the group.

Continued, and as usual, it’s worth your time!

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

It’s just a matter of learning the little things. “Like when he’s the last guy back with the puck, he’s got to move the puck, not try to beat somebody,” McNamara said. “Because he’s so highly skilled … he tries that. But he does phenomenal things with the puck. He beats guys, he has great patience, he makes great plays, but there’s a time and a place for those plays.”

Smith can learn this with the big club,  I think he’ll learn those a lot faster with the Wings under King Lidas IF he decides to return.  If he doesn’t, keep Smitty in the minors and bring in two 1 year free-agents.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/10/11 at 03:58 PM ET

Jordan_NOHS's avatar

I can’t wait to see what Jarnkrok & Nyquist can do

Posted by Jordan_NOHS from Detroit, MI on 06/10/11 at 05:57 PM ET

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