Top 15 Ranked Red Wings Prospects at the Christmas Break

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 07: Jonatan Berggren #52 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during a preseason game at Little Caesars Arena on October 07, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 07: Jonatan Berggren #52 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during a preseason game at Little Caesars Arena on October 07, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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#7- Jared McIsaac-LD

Age: 21

Draft: 2018 round 2 #36 overall

Current Team: Grand Rapids (AHL)

Status: Signed (2022 CAP HIT, $764,167/MINORS SALARY $70,000)

Jared McIsaac is playing his first full season in the AHL.  After three shoulder surgeries, McIsaac seems healthy and is playing important minutes on the blueline in Grand Rapids.  In 21 games this year, McIsaac has scored one goal and six points with a -8 rating.  Although McIsaac probably needs more game action in the AHL, he should challenge for one of the defense openings in Detroit next year.

#8- Elmer Soderblom-LW/RW

Age: 20

Draft: 2019 round 6 #159 overall

Current Team: Frolunda HC (SHL)

Status: Unsigned (Must be signed by June 2023)

Elmer Soderblom is currently playing in his first full season in the SHL.  Despite only being 20, Soderblom has played 66 regular season games covering parts of three seasons with Frolunda.  This year, Soderblom has played 28 games and has scored 10 goals and 14 points with a -4 rating.  Soderblom will play the remainder of this season in the SHL, and should sign his entry-level with the Red Wings prior to the start of the 2022 season.  If he signs with Detroit, he could be loaned to Frolunda for one more season or challenge for a spot with either Grand Rapids or Detroit in 2022.

#9- Carter Mazur-LW

Age: 19

Draft: 2021 round 3 #70 overall

Current Team: Univ. of Denver (NCAA)

Status: Unsigned (Must be signed by June 2025)

Carter Mazur is having an outstanding freshman year in the NCAA.  The right-shooting forward typically plays LW but feels comfortable on either side of the ice.  In 16 games this year, Mazur has scored nine goals and 17 points with a +12 rating.  Mazur was selected to represent USA at the WJC-20 tournament being held in Edmonton, AB starting next week.  USA will start the tournament playing Slovakia on December 26.  Mazur will play the remainder of this season in Denver and will likely remain in college for another two years before turning professional.