Top Red Wings Prospects With NHL Opportunities For Remainder of 2022-23

The Detroit Red Wings traded away a few players at the trade deadline this season, setting the stage for the offseason and opening up some roster spots for the remainder of the season. The forward group has been fairly full all season, but now appears to have some room for someone to make a return to the NHL. The defence that hasn't been particularly strong this season has also opened up a spot and the team has a strong choice to call up for a first look in the NHL on the back-end as well.

In terms of who should be recalled soon, Elmer Soderblom impressed and shocked everyone by his performance earlier in the season. The 2019 sixth round pick put up points and played a strong game in the NHL before being sent down to make room for players on one-way deals. He scored five goals and eight points in 21 games and has arguably been better in the NHL than AHL this season with five goals and eight points as well, but in 19 games. The Red Wings' fourth line has Alex Chiasson and Auston Czarnik on it who have combined for 15 NHL games this season. Soderblom should get the call at some point to make his return before the end of the season.

On defence, Filip Hronek was traded and nobody was acquired, meaning there is a spot open on defence. Ben Chiarot has moved over to the right side for now, but the third pairing has Robert Hagg and Gustav Lindstrom on it. Neither have played more than 30 games. Since Lindstrom is the one with the potential and is just age 24, I expect him to play the rest of the games from here on out to get his reps in.

As for the other prospect who should get a look, even if it's for fewer than 10 games, is Simon Edvinsson. The sixth overall pick in 2021 is primed to be a part of the team to start next season, so as the Red Wings are hoping to compete for a playoff spot once again, they may want to get a closer look at their top prospect and acclimate him early while the team has little to play for.

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