The Red Wings open up their annual development camp today and released rosters for it yesterday. As such, I’m going to take my annual look at the assigned jersey numbers to try to see what those assignments might mean.
The usual caveat applies: While development camp numbers have been indicators of permanent changes in the past, they aren’t always. Additionally, things can always change based on any roster moves that happen between now and the start of the season. I think there are a few things we can assume based on this year’s assignments, though.
First off, the players who actually saw time in Detroit last season.
Filip Zadina keeps his #11, to no surprise. Similarly, Kaden Fulcher sticks with #36 and Ryan Kuffner has his #56. The first change is Taro Hirose, who goes from #53 to #67 after wearing #17 at Michigan State prior to signing with Detroit.
Sixth-overall pick Moritz Seider takes Hirose’s old #53. It’s a number Seider has worn previously, so my guess is that Seider was assigned it and Hirose had to switch, rather than Hirose requesting a change. We’ll have to wait until the full camp in the fall to see if Hirose keeps #67 going forward.
Seider getting #53 also necessitated a change for Kasper Kotkansalo, who wore that in camp last year. He takes the #84 of Jake Chelios, who departed for the KHL this offseason.
The #14 worn last season by Gustav Nyquist has been assigned to second-round selection Robert Mastrosimone. Meanwhile Martin Frk’s #42 has gone to try-out Mathieu Bizier and Luke Witkowski’s #28 to Gustav Lindstrom, who wore #54 (now assigned to Matt Puempel) in dev camp last year. The #26 of Thomas Vanek goes to try-out Marc-Olivier Duquette.
Perhaps tellingly, the #3 formerly worn by Nick Jensen was not assigned. I think this means it might go to free agent signing Oliwer Kaski, who is not attending this camp.
All of the Red Wings’ 2019 entry draft picks will be attending, except for Kirill Tyutyayev. Antti Tuomisto has been assigned the #24 that Filip Hronek wore in training camp last year before switching to his current #17. Albert Johansson takes #95, worn last summer by Seth Barton, who has switched to Alfons Malmstrom’s #86. Albin Grewe gets #18, vacated by last summer’s trade of Robbie Russo to the Arizona Coyotes. Ethan Phillips will wear the #22 last worn by Wade Megan. Cooper Moore gets the #96 last worn by Axel Holmstrom in 2017 while Elmer Soderblom takes #85 from 2018 camp try-out Luke Kirwan. Gustav Berglund will wear #97, which I think makes him the first player to wear that number. Seventh-round pick Carter Gylander will wear #60, which is one of the Red Wings’ standard goalie numbers in camp, worn by Fulcher last summer before his switch to #36.
Speaking of goalies, with Fulcher at #36, Filip Larsson switches to #38, worn by Pat Nagle in the main camp last fall and Joren van Pottelberghe in dev camp last summer.
Interestingly, free-agent invitee Robbie Beydoun is listed as #00, which has been illegal in the NHL since 1999. I imagine this is either a placeholder number or the Red Wings are simply taking advantage of the rule not applying to development camps. I would love it, though, if it’s a sign that the league has finally fixed their stat software and will allow the number again.
In addition to those already mentioned, many players returning to camp will wear different numbers than they did last summer.
Victor Brattstrom goes from #68 to #34. Patrik Rybar has been assigned #34 but the Red Wings have a tendency to double-book goalie numbers in dev camp.
Jack Adams, having lost #70 to Christoffer Ehn, will wear #58. Jonatan Berggren takes #57 with his old #15 having been assigned to Chris Terry in camp last fall. Otto Kivenmaki takes the #49 vacated by Holmstrom’s return to Europe after losing #84. Having lost #17 to Hronek, Ryan O’Reilly switches to #44.
Chase Pearson takes the #46 formerly of Lane Zablocki, who the Red Wings declined to sign, switching from #76. Patrick Holway switches from #87 to #92 and Malte Setkov goes from #79 to #73.
Also worth noting, while Jared McIssac is not attending due to injury, the #63 he wore last year has been assigned to Griffins signee Alec McCrea, which could indicate that McIssac was going to switch numbers.
Neither #37 nor #77 are assigned, so these numbers don’t provide any clue as to whether or not Evgeny Svechnikov will switch for the third year in a row.
The full roster is as follows: