Top 5 forward prospects for Red Wings fans to know before the 2024 NHL Draft

With the 2024 NHL Draft drawing nearer, there are more than a few top prospects to know about leading into the big weekend at the end of June.
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Igor Chernyshov, LW/MHK Dynamo Moskva

Igor Chernyshov has seen time in Russia’s top league, the KHL, but most of his production has come in the MHL, where he has 13 goals and 28 points through 22 contests. This puts him at over a point per game for the smaller club, and it’s an improvement over last season when he registered a point per contest - 38 in 38, with 18 goals to show for it. 

Chernyshov may be slated to stay in Russia next season to play for Dynamo Moskva’s big club, but we can’t stress enough that the Red Wings have enough organizational depth to wait on a talent of Chernyshov’s caliber. Plus, it gives him time to hone his game with what should be a full year in the KHL, and doing so will help make his eventual transition to the North American game even easier. 

Although with his overall size of 6’2 and 192 lbs, a player like Chernyshov could come over right now if he wanted to and be a force at the AHL level. Sure, he could still pack on even more muscle, but regardless, Yzerman would be landing a pro-caliber prospect with this pick should he snag Chernyshov.