Detroit Red Wings: 4 players to watch closely during training camp

Nov 3, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Michael Rasmussen (27) skates with the puck in the second period against the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Michael Rasmussen (27) skates with the puck in the second period against the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Marco Kasper shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected as the number eight overall pick to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Red Wings forward Marco Kasper is looking to impress.

Another former first-round draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings is Marco Kasper. The former eighth-overall draft pick was a first-rounder from the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Kasper is someone that Red Wings fans need to keep an eye on at training camp.

While Kasper made his NHL debut in 2022-23, it was short and sweet, lasting all of one game. He ended up having to call it quits on the season after a knee injury led to things being shortened. This came after Kasper played in 52 games with Rögle BK of the SHL, scoring eight goals and adding 15 assists for 23 total points.

But, looking ahead to the 2023-24 season, it will be interesting to see where Kasper slots in. He will fight for a roster spot, but he could end up in Grand Rapids to get some more development under his belt before leaping the NHL roster once again.

Kasper is one of those prospects that needs to have a big camp. If he comes out and impresses, he could end up in Detroit, but he would have to be impressive at training camp, surely. The situation is similar to that of Lucas Raymond a few years back.

When Raymond broke into the league, he may have ended up in the AHL to start if it weren’t for a good performance that helped him jump into the NHL for his rookie campaign. For Kasper, he’s in a similar position.

However, the odds of him opening the 2023-24 season on Detroit’s roster may be on the slim side. But things could change if Kasper can come out and perform exceptionally well. In the Prospect Tournament, Kasper looked good up the middle, finding ways to get involved in the offensive zone.

He was sort of a spark plug to create scoring chances. He’s quick on the ice and seemingly finds ways to get involved offensively, whether it’s on the forecheck or with the puck in their possession.

As the team gets underway with camp, the Red Wings faithful should keep their eyes on Kasper to see how he does.