The Detroit Red Wings had six selections in the 2008 NHL Entry-Level Draft – none in the second round – and their might only be one well-known player among the Detroit Red Wings fan base; a couple might be known because of their time in Grand Rapids, but a few might not have even crossed the minds of Red Wings fans.
Let’s take a look at where the 2008 Detroit Red Wings draft selections are now.
Tomas McCollum signed a new one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings after having a solid season last year with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He will be battling Jared Coreau and Jake Paterson to back up Petr Mrazek in Grand Rapids and could start a more than a few games in the AHL if Mrazek is called up to the NHL for an extended period of time.
The Detroit Red Wings did not tender Max Nicastro to a contract because of the amount of talent the Red Wings boast in their system, allowing Nicastro to become and unrestricted free agent. Nicastro ended up signing a contract with HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia and will try to resurrect his career there.
Gustav Nyquist has one year left on his two-year contract extension he signed before the beginning of last season and will start the upcoming season in Detroit because the Wings do not have the option to send him to Grand Rapids without him having to go through waivers, nor would they want to after last season. Once the year is up, expect Detroit to try to sign him to a long-term deal.
Julien Cayer spent four years at Clarkson University after being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and was not signed by the Detroit Red Wings in 2012, which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent. He has spent the last two years with the Reading Royals in the ECHL. Cayer could find himself back with the Royals next season, but as of now he does not have a contract.
Another player the Detroit Red Wings decided not to sign to a contract, but instead of becoming a free agent, Johnston reentered the draft. He went unsellected the second time through the draft and spent his last year years with Saint Mary’s University in Canada.
Jasper Samuelsson was not signed to a contract by the Detroit Red Wings and they relinquished his NHL rights, but Samuelsson never made the jump to North America. Since Detroit relinquished his rights, he has played for Vita Hästen in Sweden and will be playing for them again next season.
When all is said and done most likely only one selection to become a long-term Detroit Red Wings payer and if that ends up being the case, then I think we could still call this draft a success for Detroit because of his skill level.
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