Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now recently pointed out that Dower Nilsson’s name was missing when the Swedish roster was announced for this summer’s World Junior Showcase; now we know why.
The Detroit Red Wings discovered the shoulder issue during routine imaging at the teams’ development camp. Noah and his brother Liam, also a Detroit draft pick, had the procedure done.
Detroit Red Wings prospect, Noah Dower Nilsson, will be sidelined for a while.
Detroit’s director of player development, Dan Cleary, mentioned that it’s routine and the organization elected to complete it while the brothers were in town. Cleary noted that the team didn’t want any surprises down the road, and in Noah’s case, they found something alarming, but the issue was rectified via surgery.
Noah, 18, the 73rd overall pick in the third round this past summer by the Detroit Red Wings, appeared in three games this past season at the professional level playing for Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League. He was held pointless in those contests, but it was a significant step for the 18-year-old and his first taste of playing against men. Dower Nilsson performed exceptionally well this past season with Vastra Frolunda Jr. of the Swedish Junior League, scoring 26 goals and amassing 54 points over 37 games. The young sniper is someone Red Wings fans need to follow over the next couple of seasons.
Liam Dower Nilsson, 20, had been selected by the Detroit Red Wings with the 134th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Level Draft. The 5-foot-11 center recorded three goals and 15 points over 32 games last season for Vasteras IK.
The older of the Dower Nilsson brothers came on during the teams’ short postseason stint notching three goals and five points over seven games. He also totaled one goal and five points for Frolunda HC over 22 games.
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