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All About The Prospect Tournament

08/31/2022 at 11:11am EDT

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released their 2022 NHL Prospect Tournament roster and a complete tournament schedule for the event, held from Thursday, Sept. 15 to Monday, Sept. 19 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. The team consists of 24 recent draft picks, free agent signees and tryouts who will battle against prospect teams from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Red Wings roster is highlighted by a pair of first round picks from the 2021 NHL Entry Draft: defenseman Simon Edvinsson (6th overall) and goaltender Sebastian Cossa (15th overall). Edvinsson recorded 19 points (2-17-19) in 44 games for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League and led league rookies with an average of 19:46 time on ice en route to being named a finalist for the SHL's Rookie of the Year Award. The 19-year-old blueliner also helped Team Sweden to a bronze medal at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, averaging 22:27 time on ice and recording two points (1-1-2) in six games for Sweden. Cossa was a finalist for the Western Hockey League's Goaltender of the Year Award last season after posting a 33-9-3 record, a 2.28 goals against average and a 0.913 save percentage for the Edmonton Oil Kings. In all, Cossa owns a 71-16-7 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a 0.921 save percentage across three seasons for the Oil Kings. The 19-year-old also appeared in one game to help Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Other roster notables include left wing Elmer Soderblom (159th overall, 2019), who at 6-foot-8, 249-pounds led Frolunda of the SHL with 21 goals in his first full season with the club and recorded 33 points (21-12-33) to lead all Under-21 SHL skaters; center Cross Hanas (55th overall, 2020), who averaged more than point-per-game to pace the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL with 86 points (26-60-86) in 63 games; defenseman Donovan Sebrango (63rd overall, 2020), who has already skated in 96 games for Grand Rapids as a 20-year-old and helped Team Canada win the gold medal as an alternate captain at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship; and blueliner Albert Johansson (60th overall, 2019), who posted a career-high 25 points (5-20-25) in 52 regular-season games and chipped in eight points (2-6-8) in 19 postseason appearances to help Farjestads claim the 2022 SHL Championship.

Fourteen of the 24 players on the roster are former Red Wings draft picks, with the two first-round picks in addition to two second-round picks, three third-round selections, two fourth-round picks, two fifth-round choices, two sixth-round picks and a seventh-round pick. The drafted prospects range in age from two 18-year olds (Andrew Oke and Tnias Mathurin) to 25-year-old Drew Worrad.

Over the tournament's history, 728 players have moved on to play in at least one NHL game, including 19 who played for the Red Wings in 2021-22: Tyler Bertuzzi, Kyle Criscuolo, Robby Fabbri (St. Louis), Taro Hirose, Filip Hronek, Dylan Larkin, Gustav Lindstrom, Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Chase Pearson, Michael Rasmussen, Lucas Raymond, Daniel Renouf, Moritz Seider, Gemel Smith (Dallas), Givani Smith, Marc Staal (NY Rangers), Joe Veleno, Jake Walman (St. Louis) and Filip Zadina.

Participating teams will play either three or four games, with the Red Wings taking on the Blue Jackets on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:00 p.m., the Stars on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 p.m. and the Maple Leafs on Monday, Sept. 19 at 11:00 a.m. Due to the unbalanced schedule for 2022, the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup will not be awarded this season. The tournament’s championship trophy was renamed in 2015 in honor of Wuest, known for his work on the website CapGeek.com as well as his exclusive coverage and statistical archiving of the NHL Prospect Tournament on RedWingsCentral.com, spanning back to the inaugural tournament in 1998 before succumbing to a two-year battle with cancer in 2015.

TICKETS: Tickets for all NHL Prospect Tournament games are available now online at www.centreice.org/drwtickets and will also be sold first-come, first-served at the arena entrance on the day of each event. Please visit www.centreice.org for the latest details, or to purchase tickets for the Red Wings main training camp (Sept. 22-26).

STREAMING: All Red Wings games from the 2022 NHL Prospect Tournament will be carried live on DetroitRedWings.com and on the Red Wings social media platforms (Facebook, Youtube). Every Red Wings game will feature game coverage commentary provided by Ken Kal, Art Regner, Daniella Bruce and Carley Johnston.

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