Which Red Wings prospects could soon play in the NHL? How much blame does Jeff Blashill deserve? Mailbag – The Athletic


It was a tough month for the Red Wings, who endured several six-game losing streaks before slipping up Tuesday with a 5-3 win over the Bruins.

But, better times still await the franchise, and that future was the focus of most mailbag inquiries this week.

So, without further ado, we’ve addressed your questions about prospect deadlines, top free agent candidates and, yes, the coaching situation.

(Note: Submitted questions have been edited for clarity and length.)

What is the most/minus number of players currently in the minors who get a full-time role in 2023-24 (2022-23)? I have Simon Edvinsson, Joe Veleno and Jonatan Berggren. —Jeff McCowen

Note: This question originally read 2023-24, but I answered assuming Jeff meant 2022-23.

I know he started the year in Grand Rapids and continued to be spotted there as the season progressed, but I think I’m ready to call Joe Veleno a full-timer already. He is in 53 games with the Red Wings this season and should finish 60 quite comfortably before the end of the year.

Whether or not you agree with me on that probably determines whether or not to include Berggren in the full-time player count for next year, because I can see a world where he also starts next season in the AHL . I just think ultimately he’ll end up spending the majority of his time in Detroit this season.

About Simon Edvinsson, I agree with you: I think he’s on the Red Wings’ opening night roster, assuming he can pack on some muscle this summer.


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