Detroit Red Wings: Ranking the top six prospects heading into training camp

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Detroit Red Wings, Jonatan Berggren
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Detroit Red Wings no. 2 prospect, Jonatan Berggren, 22, winger

We are starting to get into the nitty-gritty of Detroit’s top prospects. The Detroit Red Wings selected Jonatan Berggren with the 33rd pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Level Draft.

Berggren is a tremendous athlete with an elite skill set. In 2020-21 Berggren performed exceptionally well in the Swedish Hockey League for Skelleftea AIK, recording 12 goals and 45 points over 49 games. This performance led to the Detroit Red Wings keeping him in North America for the 2021-22 season.

Last season, in his first full year in North America, Berggren led the Griffins in points and set a Grand Rapids rookie record, notching 64 points over 70 games. The skillful winger scored 21 goals and added 43 assists for the Griffins.

This clip was from last season’s prospect tournament in Traverse City. Check out Berggren’s playmaking ability setting up star forward Lucas Raymond for a one-timer that would find the back of the net.

There is no doubt that the Detroit Red Wings could have promoted Berggren at some point last season but instead elected to remain patient and allowed him to blossom at the AHL level.

At this point, Berggren is clearly Detroit’s top forward prospect. That Swedish-well has been oh-so-good to the Detroit Red Wings over the years. If you consider Raymond, this trio, which includes Soderblom and Berggren, has the makings of becoming a real force for the Detroit Red Wings in the coming years.