The Detroit Red Wings had seven selections in the 2010 NHL Entry-Level Draft and while a few are well-known among the Detroit Red Wings fan base a couple may have been forgotten or not even thought about.
Let’s take a look at where the Detroit Red Wings draft selections are now.
In his second full season of professional hockey, Riley Sheahan burst onto the scene with the Detroit Red Wings and became an important player with the team throughout the season. He will find himself back in the NHL in the upcoming season as he cannot be sent to the AHL without clearing waivers and he will be too important for Detroit to be sent down regardless.
Sheahan signed a two-year contract extension to stay with the Detroit Red Wings in the off-season.
Calle Jarnkrok joined the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013, but could not find a way and was reported to be a bit disgruntled at the playing of playing in the AHL for another season. When Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were injured the Red Wings need a legitimate center to take over and sent Jarnkrok to the Nashville Predators with a second round pick for David Legwand.
Jarnkrok started his time in Nashville in the AHL, but was soon called up and finished the season out in the NHL. I Expect to see him in the NHL with the Nashville Predators for the duration of the 2014-15 season.
Louis Marc-Aubry has one year left on his entry-level deal and has struggled to find his spot with the Grand Rapids Griffins over the past three seasons. Last year, he was sent down to the Toledo Walleye and was scratch during the Griffins playoff run.
Pulkkinen has one year left on his entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings and led the Griffins in goals and points in his first full professional season in North America. Pulkkinen will be back in Grand Rapids and could see more than a few games in the NHL.
Petr Mrazek will start the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins once again due to the Red Wings re-signing Jonas Gustavsson, but will most likely see a few starts with Detroit like last season. The Wings wanted Mrazek to receive another year of starting minutes before being called on to play with the Red Wings full-time next season.
Mrazek has one year left on his entry-level contract and another year due to a contract extension he signed with Detroit.
The Detroit Red Wings did not sign Macek to a contract and he was allowed to re-enter the draft, but went unselected and became a free agent. When teams decided not to sign him, he played three more years in the WHL as an overage player and spent last season in the DEL with Iserlohn Roosters. He will be heading back to Iserlohn for the upcoming season.
The Detroit Red Wings have until August of 2015 to sign Ben Marshall to a contract, which means he will be heading back to the University of Minnesota for his senior season. If he cannot find a way to produce more in his senior season, then five foot nine defenseman could find himself without a contract again next season.
When all is said and done three of these four selections could end up begin long-term Detroit Red Wings and if that ends up being the case, then we can call this draft a success for Detroit.
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