Detroit Red Wings: 3 players to watch during Prospect Tournament

WINDSOR, ONTARIO - FEBRUARY 16: Forward Amadeus Lombardi #93 of the Flint Firebirds skates against the Windsor Spitfires at WFCU Centre on February 16, 2023 in Windsor, Ontario. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ONTARIO - FEBRUARY 16: Forward Amadeus Lombardi #93 of the Flint Firebirds skates against the Windsor Spitfires at WFCU Centre on February 16, 2023 in Windsor, Ontario. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Red Wings prospect to watch #3: Nate Danielson

One of the players that the Detroit Red Wings have heard plenty about but not seen yet is Nate Danielson. He was the player the Red Wings selected with the ninth overall draft pick during the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

There’s plenty to like with the young forward who was the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2022-23. He was even raved about by first-overall pick Connor Bedard as the toughest WHL player to play against.

Indeed some kind words from a player that is being compared to Connor McDavid as the league’s next generational talent. Danielson has a lot to offer in his own right, even if it’s not as flashy as Bedard or Adam Fantilli.

Danielson plays a complete game, excelling in both ends of the ice. It’s something that drew Detroit to him, and it’s something they expect to build upon moving forward. The goal is that they can make him into a truly complete player, one of the 200-foot players in the game.

While he’s got plenty of time ahead of him to develop and improve on his road to Detroit. But, this experience of playing in the Red Wings Prospect Tournament will be a good start to allow fans a chance to see what the youngster has to offer.

He’s coming off of the 2022-23 season, where he played in 68 games in the WHL. He scored 33 goals and added 45 assists for 78 total points on the Wheat Kings roster. He’s signed his entry-level contact, so a big performance at Prospect Camp could impact the path the Red Wings want him to take.

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He’s got a bit of time until he suits up in a Red Wings uniform, but there’s a lot to like in his game, and the fans will get their first looks at Danielson this month.