Zadina, Rasmussen in spotlight at Wings' Prospects Tournament
The Red Wings will have four first-round picks to consider among their many hopefuls at their 2018 NHL Prospects Tournament at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena.
The Red Wings' last four first-round draft picks highlight the organization’s roster for its 2018 NHL Prospects Tournament, which begins Friday and runs until Tuesday at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena.
The other organizations competing in the tournament will be the Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
Leading Detroit’s roster will be 2018 first-round draft picks Filip Zadina (RW, sixth overall pick) and Joe Veleno (C, 30th overall); 2017 first-round selection Michael Rasmussen (C, ninth overall), and 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski (D, 20th overall).
Zadina and Rasmussen will both have prime opportunities to make the Red Wings' roster out of the team's main training camp, which runs Sept. 14-18 in Traverse City.
And their evaluation process will begin on Friday.
“For sure it’s an evaluation camp,” Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin told the Detroit News. “It’s an excellent opportunity for players to show what they can do, in front of the front office, coaching staff, the eight teams competing at the tournament, and representatives from all 31 teams who will be there.”
Zadina, 18, played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. He was one of the top three rated prospects going into the NHL draft in June but surprisingly fell to Detroit at No. 6. He has explosive goal-scoring ability and elite overall offensive talent. He had 44 goals and 82 points in 57 games as a QMJHL rookie last season.
Rasmussen, who is six-foot, six-inches tall, returns for his second tournament after debuting in 2017 before spending the 2017-18 season in the Western Hockey League. Rasmussen produced 59 points (31-28-59) with the Tri-City Americans in an injury-shortened 47-game regular season. He went on to post 33 points (16-17-33) in 14 postseason games to lead Tri-City to an appearance in the WHL’s Conference Finals after back-to-back upsets in the first two rounds.
A natural center, Rasmussen is expected to play on a wing once training camp begins.
Cholowski, a smooth-skating and puck-moving defenseman, is also back for his second prospects tournament. He ranked among the WHL’s league’s highest-scoring defensemen, combining for 66 points (14-52-66) between the Prince George Cougars and Portland Winterhawks last season. After Portland was eliminated from the playoffs, Cholowski made his professional postseason debut with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Veleno played in the QMJHL in 2017-18, splitting it between the St. John’s Sea Dogs and the Drummondville Voltigeurs, totaling 22 goals and 79 points in 64 games. He is known for his speed and playmaking ability.