Will The Detroit Red Wings' Prospect Depth Affect The Draft?

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft begins tomorrow and the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to stock up on more prospects to improve their depth.

The question is whether the Detroit Red Wings will try to select the best player available with their selection or try to create more depth at a certain positions.

Let’s take a look at the prospect depth the Detroit Red Wings have at each position.

Wingers Centers Defensemen Goaltenders
Anthony Mantha Andreas Athanasiou Xavier Ouellet Petr Mrazek
Teemu Pulkkinen Mattias Janmark Ryan Sproul Jake Paterson
Mitch Callahan Landon Ferraro Alexey Marchenko Jared Coreau
Martin Frk Mattias Backman
Zach Nastasiuk Nick Jensen
Tyler Bertuzzi

The defense is by far the strongest position depth-wise for Detroit and all five of the defensemen listed will have a chance to compete for a position with the Detroit Red Wings in the next one or two years.

The next strongest position for the Red Wings is a toss-up between the wingers and the goaltenders. Anthony Mantha was named the QMJHL MVP and won the CHL player of the year award this past season, while Petr Mrazek has made two trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs and won a Calder Cup two seasons ago.

Behind the top two players in those groups, Jake Paterson has a great upside in net and Teemu Pulkkinen could be the next call-up to Detroit next year. Callahan had a great season last year and will look to build on it this coming season, while Jared Coreau and Martin Frk need to have a bounce back year after disappointing performances last season.

The weakest position for Detroit is the center position. The Detroit Red Wings traded their top rated center Calle Jarnkrok to the Nashville Predators as part of the deadline deal for David Legwand and both Andreas Athanasiou and Mattias Jarnmark will be playing their first full seasons in the AHL next season and while they have potential there is no way of know how good they will be just yet.

If the Detroit Red Wings need to shore up any position it would be in the middle of the ice and there are plenty of centermen to choose from at the fifteenth pick because of the lack of depth Detroit has a the position.

But even though the prospect depth at the center position is weak, the Detroit Red Wings have Luke Glendening signed for the next three years, Stephen Weiss for the next four years, Darren Helm for two years, Joakim Andersson for one year, Riley Sheahan will be locked up soon for at least two or three years, and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are not going anywhere soon.

So while he Detroit Red Wings should be looking to draft a center with the fifteenth selection and every player we have previewed as a possible fifteenth draft pick for Detroit has been a center, the Red Wings do not need to draft a center with their first pick if a player higher on the Wings’ draft board is still available.

The Red Wings do not have a pick in the second round, but have six other pick in the 2014 Draft after the first round to find a diamond in the rough to create depth at center.

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