Detroit Red Wings 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapdetroitWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

August 7, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
1819SVECHNIKOV, EvgenyRW10/31/19966.01.75199Cape BretonQMJHL
6273SAARJARVI, ViliRD5/15/19975.09.5163Green BayUSHL
G9110VAN POTTLEBERGHE, JorenG6/5/19976.02.5187LinkopingsSwe18
193140PEARSON, ChaseLW8/23/19976.02189YoungstownUSHL
NA170HOLWAY, PatrickRD10/1/19966.04200Boston Adv. U18T1EH18
132200MARSH, AdamLW8/22/19976.00160Saint JohnQMJHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida


ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Evgeny Svechnikov (ISS Ranked #18 in 2015, Overall drafted #19 in 2015 NHL Draft) – No one is shocked when the Red Wings select another highly skilled forward with their 1st round pick in 2015. Svechnikov fits the mould of the stereotypical prospect that Detroit has become known to select and it has obviously paid dividends in the past. The QMJHL winger is a dynamic, gifted offensive threat who possesses quick hands and a lethal shot. He will thrive in this development model after spending time in Grand Rapids.

Dylan Larkin (ISS Ranked #15 in 2014, Overall drafted #15 in 2014 NHL Draft) – The Red Wings staff knew what they had when Larkin was available at 15th in the 2014 NHL Draft. After an extremely impressive rookie season with University of Michigan and Grand Rapids in the playoffs, Dylan raised a lot of eyebrows in terms of his ability to compete at any level he has played early in his career. He is at the top of the list of a promising crop of forward prospects including Svechnikov, Pulkkinen, Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi etc…

Tyler Bertuzzi (ISS Ranked #87in 2013, Overall drafted #58 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Bertuzzi was an ISS favourite in his draft year as he always seemed to rise to the occasion and possesses that momentum changing ability through his perseverance and drive. After taking on a leadership role in Guelph this past season, Tyler finished off an impressive campaign with a impactful performance with Grand Rapids in the playoffs. Although doesn’t possess that elite offensive upside, there is no doubt he will be a game changer in the future.


Teemu Pulkkinen (ISS Ranked #48 in 2010, Overall drafted #111 in 2010 NHL Draft) – If there’s any organization in the NHL known for getting “value” through the draft it is the Detroit Red Wings. Pulkkinen is another piece of evidence to the quality of drafting and development in Detroit as he has excelled with Grand Rapids as a dangerous offensive dynamo and will be making strides this season to transition that game at the NHL level.

“No one in the hockey world is shocked to see Detroit continue to stockpile and reload their prospect pool as they continue to have one of the deepest groups of prospects in the entire NHL”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “The Red Wings have relied on quality drafted and development which has been one of the key pieces to their continued success. The philosophy of drafting skilled hockey players and developing them into everyday NHLers is a concept that is branching off to other organizations who are looking to rebuild following the Detroit model. The long-term stability in Detroit is a clear statement towards proper development and patience from the organization.”

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