Get To Know Your Detroit Red Wings: Young Guns

Dec 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco (26) and Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan (15) battle with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (36) for the puck at the Air Canada Centre. Detroit defeated Toronto 5-4 in an overtime shoot out. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

With all the recent call-up from the Grand Rapids Griffins there are new names in Detroit and some people might not know exactly who they are or how they joined the organization. Here is your chance to get caught up with the current crop of Detroit Red Wings.

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Petr Mrazek are the most well-known young players on the team. Nyquist and Tatar are the heir apparent to Datsyuk and Zetterberg and Mrazek could be the best goaltending prospect in the history of Red Wings hockey. (Excluding Terry Sawchuk)

Tomas Jurco

Jurco was drafted 35th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from the CHL’s St. John Sea Dogs franchise and is most well-known for his various YouTube videos.

In 2012 he signed his pro contract with the Red Wings and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins to get professional seasoning and he needed it. In his first full season with the Griffins, he was not strong enough and he could not box players out or protect the puck very well because of it.

This season has been better for Jurco, he currently leads the Griffins in points with 26 and goals with 11 despite playing three fewer games than his counterpart due to the call-up to Detroit.

Tomas Jurco is a name to remember in Hockeytown because next seasons he could be a mainstay in Detroit.

Riley Sheahan

Sheahan was drafted 21st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 NHL Enter Draft from the CCHA’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Sadly, Sheahan is known more for his off-ice issues than his play on the ice.

After three years at Notre Dame, he signed his professional contract and joined the Detroit Red Wings couple of days later. In his first NHL game he was pushed around a lot and looked like a peewee hockey player compared to everyone else on the ice. After the game he was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for seasoning.

With the Red Wings hurting due to injury, they called him up from the AHL and he has played admirably against tough competition. Against the New York Islanders, he was the Red Wings second line center and even though no on really played well, he held his own.

The Red Wings really like what Sheahan can do and fans could see him in NHL more next season.

Luke Glendening

Glendening was an undrafted free agent that the Grand Rapids Griffins signed to a one-year contract last season.

To start his professional career he spent 27 games with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL before being brought up the AHL and helping the Griffins hoist the Calder Cup trophy for the first time in their history.

After the season was over, the Detroit Red Wings rewarded Glendening with a one-year two-way contract and looked forward to discovering what his future would be like with the organization.

Since signing the contract, Glendening has seen action in 15 NHL games this season and while he has only 1 point in those game he is a valuable defensive forward for the team. Glendening does the little things right and if he continues to play well he could work his way into another contract with Detroit, which makes sure he is a full-time NHL player next season.

I hope you learned a bit about each one of the young guns on the Red Wings roster and how they became part of the organization.

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Topics: Detroit Red Wings, Luke Glendening, NHL, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco

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