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A2Y- Focus Still On the Youngsters

01/12/2023 at 9:10am EST

from Ian Kennedy of The Hockey News,

The Detroit Red Wings had many believing their rebuild was nearing an end this summer after the organization made splashes in free agency. When you look closer, however, the team’s approach to their young players and prospects this year shows the Red Wings are still in a youth movement.

One player many questioned to start the season, Joe Veleno, has flourished with the Red Wings, often centering Detroit’s third line. More importantly, Veleno trails only Dylan Larkin among Detroit’s forwards with a plus-5 rating this season.

Another young forward, Jonatan Berggren, came up from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins following Tyler Bertuzzi’s injury. He’s acquitted himself well, sometimes playing on Detroit’s top line. Berggren looks like a player ready to make an impact in the NHL, driving possession and producing among the team’s top players in points per game.

Berggren’s veteran teammates took notice of his play.

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