It’s been a painful stretch for Detroit followers, nevertheless it seems like there’s a lightweight rising on the finish of the tunnel. Led by Calder Trophy winner Moritz Seider and rising star Lucas Raymond they’ve among the best collections of younger expertise within the league with vital ability in any respect positions

Key Graduates: Michael Rasmussen, Gustav Lindstrom

Key Additions: Marco Kasper

2021 rating: No. 9

2022 NHL Draft grade: B

Full 2022-23 NHL Pipeline Rankings

Player Ranking

1. Moritz Seider, D

21 years outdated | 6-foot-3 | 208 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 6 in 2019
Tier: Bubble elite NHL participant and NHL All-Star

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: Above NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: Seider’s first NHL season was the best-case state of affairs. He stepped in straight away and was an impactful defenseman for the Wings. He’s a tall, cellular right-shot defender who performs the sport arduous and with ability. Defensively he’s a rock on account of his size and skating mixed with an edge he brings to his recreation. He closes on checks at a excessive stage and breaks up a variety of performs. The offensive elements of his recreation proceed to enhance and appear like a transparent energy. He ran Detroit’s PP1, displaying situations of high-end ability and playmaking at each ends of the rink. Seider seems like a participant who can be a star defenseman within the league for a very long time and can probably get Norris votes in his profession.

2. Lucas Raymond, RW

20 years outdated | 5-foot-11 | 170 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 4 in 2020
Tier: NHL All-Star

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: High-end
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Raymond was about pretty much as good as anybody may have moderately hoped he would have been within the NHL as a young person. He performed vital minutes, ran the PP1 flank and was a go-to participant for the Red Wings. Raymond’s puck recreation is outstanding. He has the elite palms to make defenders miss and preserve possession like a high participant. He’s a highly-creative playmaker who can wait out seams. He additionally has a powerful wrist shot and it’s what makes him sturdy on the person benefit. Raymond lacks excellent dimension and velocity, however he’s shifty and doesn’t get hit a lot. He seems like a budding star who can be a high scorer within the league for some time.

3. Simon Edvinsson, D

19 years outdated | 6-foot-4 | 198 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 6 in 2021
Tier: Top of the lineup participant

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: Edvinsson was an vital defenseman for Frolunda as an 18-year-old and posted spectacular level totals with no power-play time. He’s a really well-rounded participant. Edvinsson is an enormous defender who skates fairly properly for his dimension, and closes on checks at a excessive charge on account of his attain, toes and physicality. He breaks up a variety of performs and may flip performs up ice together with his skating and puck-moving capacity. The offense could by no means be elite in his recreation, however he has second-power play upside ability to go together with an excellent defensive recreation. Edvinsson initiatives as a top-pair defenseman with an opportunity to be a star.

4. Marco Kasper, C

18 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 187 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 8 in 2022
Tier: Bubble high and center of the lineup participant

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: Kasper was simple to identify even in SHL video games due to how highly effective an athlete he’s. He would usually be the man to wind it up in his personal finish to hold the puck on account of his nice velocity and ability. Kasper has a powerful 6-foot-1 body, isn’t afraid to assault the arduous areas, and may win some battles versus males as a 17-year-old. Kasper assaults with velocity and ability, and whereas he can pull as much as make a play or use his arduous shot, his direct type of play will translate to the NHL. He initiatives as a high quality top-two line middle.

5. Filip Zadina, RW

22 years outdated | 6 toes | 189 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 6 in 2018
Tier: Middle of the lineup participant

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common
Shot: Above NHL common

Analysis: Zadina is a highly-talented winger who has struggled to be a constant scorer within the NHL as a 22-year-old. He’s a troublesome case as a result of I believe he’s a participant stuffed with ability and offensive creativity who can rating targets. His skating is ok, his compete is ok — though I’ve had points with the latter over time. It appears like he needs to be doing extra however he’s struggled to search out that consistency. For now I see him as a second-line winger however I’m not ruling out him ending up higher.

6. Elmer Söderblom, LW

20 years outdated | 6-foot-6 | 203 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 159 in 2019
Tier: Middle of the lineup participant

Skating: Poor
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Söderblom had a succesful SHL season, being an vital scorer for Frolunda and an enormous a part of their energy play. He’s a extremely attention-grabbing prospect on account of his large body mixed with a excessive ability stage. Söderblom could make highly-coordinated performs with the puck and is a nuisance across the internet. He additionally added some perimeter playmaking to his recreation this season. The greatest concern with him for the NHL is his skating, as he has a really heavy stride. I believe he performs video games for positive, regardless of these toes, and I believe he’ll rating within the NHL on account of how expert and bodily imposing he’s.

7. Joseph Veleno, C

22 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 191 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 30 in 2018
Tier: Middle of the lineup participant

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Veleno had a stable season enjoying up within the NHL for essentially the most half. He’s not a participant who’s going to dazzle and be one of the best on a NHL workforce at one factor, however he’s a flexible ahead. He skates properly, has some offensive ability, can rating targets and sees the ice properly. Veleno can PK and has a stable work charge. I believe he is usually a third-line middle within the league.

8. Jonatan Berggren, LW

21 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 183 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 33 in 2018
Tier: Middle of the lineup participant

Skating: Above NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Below NHL common

Analysis: Berggren had a high quality first season in North America, being a number one offensive participant for Grand Rapids. He’s a participant with a variety of offensive items. Berggren is a highly-skilled playmaker who could make artistic performs with the puck at a excessive charge. He combines his imaginative and prescient with nice velocity, and is ready to create each from the perimeter operating an influence play or in movement at even-strength. He does pattern to the perimeter an excessive amount of for my liking and given his lack of dimension you marvel how a lot his offense will translate. I see sufficient expertise there to be a middle-six winger, probably extra of the third-line selection.

9. Sebastian Cossa, G

19 years outdated | 6-foot-6 | 210 kilos | Catches left

Drafted: No. 15 in 2021
Tier: Starting goaltender

Skating: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common

Analysis: Cossa had a troublesome season after a promising first two years within the WHL. There’s no doubting the toolkit. He’s 6-foot-6 and strikes fairly properly for his dimension. On his finest night time when he’s studying the play properly and squaring as much as pucks he seems unbeatable on account of his body and the way he can get throughout the crease. However there’s been a variety of nights the place he seems chaotic in internet, flustered and never staying with the play. I nonetheless like this participant rather a lot and consider within the instruments and see a beginning goalie within the NHL, however most likely a low-end starter.

10. Shai Buium, D

19 years outdated | 6’3″ | 209 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 36 in 2021
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Buium performed a major position for a high faculty workforce as a freshman. He’s a extremely attention-grabbing professional prospect on account of his dimension and ability mixture. Buium makes use of his size to make stops, nevertheless it’s his puck expertise and playmaking that make him actually intriguing. His mobility is simply okay, however he’s been a great defender in junior and faculty. Due to the toes I can’t tab him as a projected top-four man simply but, however he has that potential and I see a for-sure NHL participant.

11. William Wallinder, D

19 years outdated | 6-foot-4 | 191 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 32 in 2020
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Wallinder didn’t play an enormous position on a high SHL workforce, however nonetheless ended up scoring at a powerful charge in that league and was named Swedish junior of the 12 months. Wallinder’s toolkit is apparent — he’s tall, cellular and confirmed some offense this season. I don’t assume he’s that dynamic with the puck, and he’s not a extremely arduous to play towards defenseman so I’m uncertain on his NHL position. With his size, and toes to go together with some puck-moving capacity, I think about a workforce finds a strategy to play him even when in a 3rd pair position.

12. Albert Johansson, D

21 years outdated | 6 toes | 168 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 60 in 2019
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Johansson is a troublesome prospect to mission. He definitely is gifted. He’s a great skater, he has particular person ability, and he could make performs. He’s not essentially the most bodily imposing defenseman, although, and is simply OK in his personal finish. I see the offense however I debate whether or not it’s excessive finish sufficient to make up for what’s going to probably be some defensive points within the NHL. He’s been adequate as a professional that I believe he’ll play video games and may very well be a serviceable third-pair defenseman.

13. Donovan Sebrango, D

20 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 189 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 63 in 2020
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: Below NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: Above NHL common

Analysis: There’s not a variety of flash in Sebrango’s recreation however he’s a gradual defenseman with professional attributes. He skates properly and is a “hard to play against” sort defender who makes use of his toes and physique to interrupt up a variety of performs. Offensively he’s not sturdy, however his outlet passes are adequate and he can skate pucks out of bother. I believe there’s simply sufficient of a puck recreation there to grow to be a full-time third-pair defenseman who PKs.

14. Carter Mazur, RW

20 years outdated | 6 toes | 170 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 70 in 2021
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Mazur had a really spectacular freshman season at Denver. He performed on each particular groups for a high workforce, he introduced velocity and vitality to shifts and confirmed he may generate offense within the arduous areas of the ice. I used to be considerably stunned by how a lot ability he confirmed in comparison with what I noticed in junior, as Mazur seemed to have legit contact with the puck and made performs. He’s trending to being a bottom-six ahead within the NHL and I wouldn’t rule out the center six.

15. Theodor Niederbach, C

20 years outdated | 5-foot-11 | 172 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 51 in 2020
Tier: Projected to play NHL video games

Skating: Below NHL common
Puck expertise: NHL common
Hockey sense: NHL common
Compete: NHL common

Analysis: Niederbach had a productive 19-year-old season for a great SHL workforce, particularly contemplating he acquired no power-play time. He is a talented ahead, although. Niederbach can beat defenders one-on-one, sees the ice at a excessive stage and may improvise with the puck. He additionally has a great shot and may end possibilities. He’s not that massive or fast although so I query what his NHL position is except the offense actually pops. I see sufficient expertise there to play video games, however I’m not offered on him being a long-career sort.

Has an opportunity to play (listed alphabetically)

Dmitri Buchelnikov, RW

19 years outdated | 5-foot-10 | 163 kilos | Shoots proper

Drafted: No. 52 in 2022

Analysis: Buchelnikov is a really expert ahead who could make artistic dekes at a excessive charge and with respectable tempo. He has a great shot and is a risk from the perimeter He skates advantageous however isn’t a blazer for a 5-foot-10 man. He has an opportunity to make it, although, on account of his expertise stage and scoring capacity.

Liam Dower Nilsson, C

18 years outdated | 6 toes | 172 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 134 in 2021

Analysis: Dower Nilsson is a aggressive, clever middle who could make performs and achieve this within the high-percentage areas of the ice. His skating is simply OK, although, and can be his principal challenge at greater ranges.

Cross Hanas, LW

20 years outdated | 6 toes | 167 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 55 in 2020

Analysis: Hanas’ improvement path has been attention-grabbing. His 2020-21 season was a catastrophe and he rebounded in an enormous manner final season, being a high ahead within the WHL. Hanas has all the time been stuffed with expertise. He has nice puck expertise and offensive creativity. He could make performs and may rating targets. He’s not the quickest, however he has some edge in his recreation. If he turns into extra constant I can see him making it.

Dylan James, LW

18 years outdated | 6 toes | 177 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 44 in 2022

Analysis: James is a really clever and expert ahead. He exhibits sturdy stickhandling capacity to beat opponents one-on-one. He could make fast performs and is artistic as a passer. James isn’t imposing bodily or a burner together with his skating, however he works. James doesn’t shy from bodily play, can PK and may create across the internet. Ideally, for the NHL, he will get one other step in his skating to carve out a reputable position however I can see him getting some video games.

Robert Mastrosimone, LW

21 years outdated | 5-foot-9 | 159 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 54 in 2019

Analysis: Mastrosimone is a talented, clever ahead who works arduous, however he’s a smaller man with out a ton of velocity and it’s questionable whether or not he has sufficient offense to beat that.

Jared McIsaac, D

22 years outdated | 6-foot-1 | 189 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 36 in 2018

Analysis: McIsaac is a powerful skater with some offense who could make a powerful first cross. He stayed wholesome for essentially the most half this season after lacking a variety of time the previous few years, which is a priority. I’d prefer to see higher defensive play as a professional, however he has some NHL instruments to make it.

Redmond Savage, C

18 years outdated | 5-foot-11 | 180 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 114 in 2021

Analysis: Savage appeals to coaches on account of his work ethic. He can PK and win battles and shows good hockey sense at each ends of the rink. Whether there’s sufficient expertise between his skating and ability is the talk with him.

Eemil Viro, D

20 years outdated | 6-feet | 168 kilos | Shoots left

Drafted: No. 70 in 2020

Analysis: Viro is a wonderful skater with a excessive compete stage, however whether or not he has the ability and puck-moving instincts for the NHL is a debate.


Player Eligibility: All skaters who’re 22 years outdated or youthful as of Sept. 15, 2022, no matter what number of NHL video games they’ve performed, are eligible. Player heights and weights are taken from the NHL.

Tool grades: Tool grades are primarily based on a scale with six separate ranges, with a watch towards how this attribute would grade within the NHL (poor, below-average, common, above-average, high-end and elite). “Average” on this scale means the device initiatives as NHL common, which is supposed as a constructive, not a criticism. Skating, puck expertise, hockey sense and compete for each projected NHL participant are graded. Shot grades are solely included if a shot is notably good or poor.

Tier Definitions: Tiers are supposed to present roughly the place in a mean NHL lineup a participant initiatives to fit in.

(Illustration: Wes McCabe / The Athletic; photograph of Moritz Seider: Claus Andersen / Getty Images)



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