Prospect Update: Detroit Red Wings


I have heard a number of expressions in reference to the Detroit Red Wings in the last few years. I have heard Detroit only adds to their team through free agency, the Red Wings are too old, and the Detroit Red Wings might as well have a Swedish Embassy in their arena. The Red Wings are, in fact, the 2nd oldest team in the NHL with an average player age of 29.16 years old (2nd to the Devils at 29.38). However, there are two 2013 draftees that I am excited to tell you about, and yes… one of them is a Swede!


I’m going to start with 20 year old Swede, Mattias Janmark. The 6’1”, 190 pound Swede has 19 points (12G,7A) in the first 19 games for AIK in the Swedish Hockey League. His 12 goals put him one goal behind the league lead, and his 19 points have him at 6th place in the league for points. However, there is one stat that impresses me even more than his scoring ability and that is the fact that he leads all forwards in the SHL in time on ice per game (TOI/G) with an impressive 21:25 minutes per game. What this tells me is that not only is he an impressive scorer, but he can also be counted on for top line minutes, and can be relied on in any game situation…. already… at 20 years old. That’s great news for hockey fans in Detroit!

If that doesn’t get excite you… I have even better news for Wings fans. Anthony Mantha, the Red Wings 2013 1st round draft pick, is doing an even better job in the QMJHL. The QMJHL has produced big name talent for the NHL the last few years with Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan MacKinnon, and Jonathan Drouin. The next big thing to come out of the Q certainly seems to be 6’4″ 190lb. Anthony Mantha. Mantha started to impress at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament where he had 5 points (3G,2A) in 4 games on 17 shots against fellow up and coming prospects in the NHL. Mantha played about 12 minutes in one preseason game for the Wings before being sent back to the Q where he promptly scored a hat-trick on his first night back with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Anthony hasn’t taken his foot off the pedal since, being held scoreless in only one of his 17 games played. He leads the QMJHL in points and goals with 43 points (20G,23A) on 108 shots in those 17 games. That is 2.53 points per game on 6.35 shots per game (Oh… 4 of his goals are shorthanded too).

The Red Wings already have a handful of promising prospects in the AHL and NHL like Jurco, Nyquist, Frk, Ouellet, Smith, and Dekeyser to name a few. Add to those guys the talented Anthony Mantha and Mattias Janmark, and you have proof that when some of the 35+ year old players like Alfredsson, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson, and Datsyuk are ready to hang up their skates, the Red Wings have a few guys that are hungry and ready to take their place.


About This Empire Soldier: Beau is a 27 year old writer from Minnesota, and a self professed stats junkie. A Minnesota Wild fan since hockey came back to Minnesota in 2000, He refuses to be friends with anyone named Norm. His obsession with hockey has outgrown the NHL dating back to the first lockout in ’04 when he followed his favorite NHL players in Europe. This prompted him to study abroad in Sweden in 2012, and minor in Scandinavian Studies (Swedish Language).

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  • Bill November 4, 2013, 1:19 pm

    That’s it? 2 guys? One that anybody who pays any attention at all already knows about. Not much of an update considering the Red Wings have an extremely deep pool of prospects. Here’s just a few you missed: Jurco, Mrazek, Almqvist, Ouellet, Sproul, Backman, Pulkkinen, Jensen, Tvrdon, Frk, Nastasiuk

    • Beau Marchwick November 4, 2013, 3:31 pm

      Did you read the last paragraph of the update? I mentioned a handful of the guys you mentioned. I just chose not to include them in this quick update. If you already knew about these two, then kudos to you! You are more up to date than the average hockey fan.

  • Steve November 4, 2013, 6:21 pm

    I never realized that the Wings had such an “Old team” 29 doesn’t seem old! In the grand scheme of things! Having a young pool to draw from will help in the coming years!

  • Mattias November 5, 2013, 4:19 am

    I think Janmark, after this season is ready for NHL. He is a top scorer and already he stands up for the team in a good way. He is extremely cocky and is not afraid of taking a fight. (Too bad fighting is not tolerated in SHL).

    Here is a great photo of Janmark standing up against Farjestads #20 Anders Bastiansen.

    /Mattias from Sweden

    • Beau Marchwick November 5, 2013, 10:27 am

      Tack Mattias!