The Prospects Tournament is taking place next weekend in Traverse City.
The Red Wings prospects will be facing prospects the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
Detroit has never won the tournament since its inception, but this year they have a good chance of finally getting their name on the wall of Centre Ice Area in Traverse City.
The Detroit Red Wings released their roster for the tournament.
# Name (Pos.) 2012-13 Team Notes
15 Riley Sheahan (C) Grand Rapids (AHL) 2010 1st round (21st overall)
26 Tomas Jurco (LW) Grand Rapids (AHL) 2011 2nd round (35th overall)
31 Jared Coreau (G) Northern Michigan (CCHA) Signed as a free agent, 2013
36 Jake Paterson (G) Saginaw (OHL) 2012 3rd round (80th overall
39 Anthony Mantha (RW) Val d’Or (QMJHL) 2013 1st round (20th overall)
42 Martin Frk (RW) Halifax (QMJHL) 2012 2nd round (49th overall)
47 Alexey Marchenko (D) CSKA Moscow (KHL) 2011 7th round (205th overall)
48 Ryan Sproul (D) Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2011 2nd round (55th overall)
56 Teemu Pulkkinen (RW) Jokerit (FIN) 2010 4th round (111th overall)
58 Max Nicastro (D) Grand Rapids (AHL) 2008 3rd round (91st overall)
59 Tyler Bertuzzi (LW) Guelph (OHL) 2013 2nd round (58th overall)
60 Marek Tvrdon (LW) Vancouver (WHL) 2011 4th round (115th overall)
61 Xavier Ouellet (D) Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2011 2nd round (48th overall)
62 Zach Nastasiuk (RW) Owen Sound (OHL) 2013 2nd round (48th overall)
63 Philippe Hudon (RW) Victoriaville (QMJHL) 2011 5th round (145th overall)
64 Jordan Maletta (RW) Niagara (OHL) Amateur Tryout
67 Rasmus Bodin (C) HV 71 Jr. (SWE) 2012 7th round (200th overall)
68 Cam Lanigan (G) Medicine Hat (WHL) Amateur Tryout
70 Calle Jarnkrok (C) Brynas (SWE) 2010 2nd round (51st overall)
72 Andreas Athanasiou (LW) Barrie (OHL) 2012 4th round (110th overall)
74 Marc McNulty (D) Prince George (WHL) 2013 6th round (169th overall)
75 Michal Plutnar (D) Tri-City (WHL) Amateur Tryout
77 Richard Nedomlel (D) Swift Current (WHL) 2011 6th round (175th overall)
84 Barclay Goodrow (RW) Brampton (OHL) Amateur Tryout
The roster has a few players from the Grand Rapids Griffins (Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, and Max Nicastro), a few amateur tryouts (Cam Lanigan, Michal Plutnar, and Barclay Goodrow), and the rest are prospects in the Red Wings system.
Of all the players invited to tryout at the Red Wings Development Camp only Barclay Goodrow was invited to the prospects tournament.
Despite the fact that training camp is only a week after the Prospects Tournament and couches will make most of their decisions then, there are a few players who have a lot to prove before then.
Riley Sheahan is one of those players. He played well in Grand Rapids, but when brought up to the NHL he was physically out matched by his opponents. In the tournament he has to prove that he can physically dominate the younger competition the same way he was dominated in the NHL.
Calle Jarnkrok did not have the best time in he AHL last season, but he was only there for 7 game and was never fully comfortable. His hockey smarts were there, but he was not used to the smaller rink or the faster speed. In the tournament he will have to prove that he is ready for big minutes in the AHL next season.
Jared Coreau was signed to a free agent contract last season after finishing up his last season at Northern Michigan. Coreau had shoulder surgery in the off-season and did not participate in the Developmental Camp meaning that this will be the first close look the Red Wings are able to get at the young goaltender in net.
The Prospect Tournament starts on September 4th and runs until the 9th.