Detroit Red Wings: Expectations for Every Player at Training Camp

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 24: Dennis Cholowski #21 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his first period goal with Michael Rasmussen #27 and Richard Panik #24 while playing the Dallas Stars at Little Caesars Arena on April 24, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - APRIL 24: Dennis Cholowski #21 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his first period goal with Michael Rasmussen #27 and Richard Panik #24 while playing the Dallas Stars at Little Caesars Arena on April 24, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Grand Rapids (AHL)

FORWARDS (11)

  • Riley Barber (RW): Barber had an excellent year leading Grand Rapids in scoring last year.  At 27, this is Barber’s final year under contract with the Red Wings.  Another strong year in the AHL may provide Barber with one last chance to make it to the NHL full-time.
  • Kyle Criscuolo (C): Now 29, Criscuolo recently signed a two-year contract to stay in the Detroit organization.  He is a five-year veteran of the AHL and being a Harvard (NCAA) grad provides the necessary leadership needed for the young players in Grand Rapids.
  • Dominik Shine (RW): Shine is signed to a minor league contract to play in Grand Rapids this year.  At 28, Shine is a role player and depth forward at the AHL level.
  • Hayden Verbeek (C/LW): Verbeek played admirably for the Red Wings at the recent Prospects Tournament.  He is signed to an AHL contract for this season.
  • Turner Elson (C/LW): Elson is also signed to an AHL contract for this year.  At 29, Elson provides leadership and depth with the Griffins.
  • Jon Martin (RW): Martin is a veteran of 200 AHL Games.  He play in the DEL2 last year.  Now 26, Martin recently signed an AHL contract to play in Grand Rapids this year.
  • Dennis Yan (LW): Yan was originally drafted in the 3rd round by Tampa Bay.  At 24, Yan is a veteran of 149 AHL games and recently signed a one-year contract to play in Grand Rapids.
  • Tyler Spezia (LW): The Griffins re-signed Spezia to a one-year contract extension to play in the AHL this season.  At 28, Spezia is a role player at the AHL level.
  • Patrick Curry (C/LW): Curry was injured in his first game of the Prospects Tournament.  A former captain at Boston University (NCAA), Curry, 25, will enter his second season playing for Grand Rapids.
  • Kirill Tyutyayev (LW/C): At 21, Tyutyayev signed a one-year contract to play for Grand Rapids this year.  He showed off his offensive creativity during the Prospects Tournament.  A strong showing in Grand Rapids may earn Tyutyayev a NHL contract.
  • Luke Witkowski (RW/RD): Witkowski is a veteran leader who was brought into Grand Rapids to help mentor the young players.  At 31, Witkowski signed a two-year two-way contract to play wherever he is needed this season.

DEFENSEMEN (7)

  • Jared McIsaac (LD): McIsaac played in the Prospects Tournament and showed why he was originally a 2nd round selection in 2018.  He has been hampered by injuries for the last two seasons and is currently in concussion protocol following a vicious head check in the Prospects Tournament last week.
  • Dan Renouf (LD): Renouf is back in the Red Wings organization after playing one year in Charlotte (AHL) and two years in Colorado (AHL).  Last year, Renouf also played 18 games in the NHL with Colorado.  He signed a one-year two-way contract to play in the Detroit organization this year.
  • Brian Lashoff (LD): Lashoff enters his 13th season in the Detroit organization.  The captain of the Griffins last year returns on a one-year two-way contract.  He brings a veteran presence and leadership to the Grand Rapids blueline.
  • Donovan Sebrango (LD): Due to the ongoing pandemic, at 19, Sebrango played the entire season in Grand Rapids last year.  He looked very good playing in the Prospects Tournament last week and requires more seasoning before making a push for employment in the NHL.
  • Wyatt Newpower (RD): Newpower recently signed a two-year entry level deal to play in the Detroit organization.  At 23, Newpower is a leader on the ice and looked strong in the Prospects Tournament.  With additional seasoning, Newpower could move through the system and play in Detroit at some point this year.
  • Seth Barton (RD): The 22-year-old Barton recently signed his two-year entry level contract with the Red Wings.  After leaving UMass-Lowell (NCAA) last year, Barton played four games for the Griffins.  He should be a regular with the Griffins this year.
  • Ryan Murphy (RD): At 28, the former first round draft pick of Carolina was the Top Defenseman in the AHL last year.  He recently signed a one-year two-way contract so that he could make one more push to make it back to the NHL.  If he is unsuccessful in making Detroit, Murphy will be a mentor and leader on and off the ice in Grand Rapids.

GOALTENDERS (3)

  • Calvin Pickard: Pickard, 29, returns to the Red Wings organization on a one-year two-way contract.  In the event of injury, Pickard supplies the Red Wings with NHL experience as a reliable backup.  Pickard will be an excellent role model for Brattstrom and Fulcher.
  • Victor Brattstrom: Brattstrom, 24, brings three years of professional experience with him from Sweden/Finland.  He played one game in the recent Prospects Tournament for the Red Wings.  If he is outplayed by Fulcher, expect Brattstrom to be loaned back to a team in Europe.
  • Kaden Fulcher:  Fulcher has only played nine games over the last two years.  He will be given every opportunity to play in Grand Rapids this year.  At 23, time is running out for Fulcher to prove he belongs in the Detroit organization.  He will be a RFA at the end of the season.