2019 Prospects Tournament Jersey Number Notes

With the Red Wings having released their roster for the 2019 Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, we have a chance to take a look at how the jersey numbers assigned have changed since the team’s development camp in June.

The short answer: Not much.

The Red Wings are bringing many of the same players who were at development camp to Traverse City and most of them are keeping the numbers they had last time around.  That said, there are some changes of note.

Two players will skate with the Red Wings in Traverse City who weren’t at development camp.  Goalies Sean Romeo and Anthony Popovich, both free-agent try-outs, have been assigned the Red Wings’ standard “random goalie prospect numbers,” with Romeo getting #68 and Popovich getting #80.  Try-out Drew DeRidder had been assigned #68 while Keith Petruzelli wore #80.

Given Detroit’s history assigning numbers, these changes are virtually meaningless.

Three players returning from June have new numbers.

Thomas Casey, who wore #50 at development camp, switches to #79, which had been assigned to try-out Samuel Bucek.  No one is assigned #50 for the prospects tournament.

Similarly, Marc-Olivier Duquette switches from #26 to #87, with #26 not assigned.  Charles-Edouard D’Astous, who’d worn #87 at development camp, drops to #86, which was worn by Seth Barton in June.

This could indicate that players wearing #26 and #50 will be in the Red Wings’ main camp.  Those numbers weren’t included when the team announced new numbers for players next season, which would suggest that anyone wearing them in camp would either be a try-out or otherwise not expected to make the Detroit roster.

With that in mind, I’m going to make a couple guesses.

Thomas Vanek remains unsigned and has a good relationship with the Red Wings’ organization, though it was under Ken Holland rather than Steve Yzerman.  As such, the open #26 could be Vanek on a try-out, reclaiming the number he wore last year.

Similarly, #50 could be defenseman Dan Girardi, who usually wears the #5 that is retired in Detroit.  Girardi, coming off of two seasons in Tampa Bay with Yzerman as his GM, might be of interest to Detroit if they were moving one of their current veteran defensemen prior to the start of the season.  Without such a deal, adding Girardi would just contribute to the ever-present blueline logjam throughout the Wings organization.

Of course, it’s “just” the Prospects Tournament, and the players changing are all try-outs, so these number changes could mean nothing.

The full roster is as follows:

Forwards

Num. Name
11 Filip Zadina
42 Mathieu Bizier
79 Thomas Casey
67 Taro Hirose
56 Ryan Kuffner
75 Troy Loggins
76 Jarid Lukosevicius
78 Gregor MacLeod
62 Cody Morgan
46 Chase Pearson
89 Owen Robinson
48 Givani Smith
85 Elmer Soderblom
90 Joe Veleno
88 Chad Yetman

Defensemen

Num. Name
97 Gustav Berglund
86 Charle-Edouard D’Astous
87 Marc-Olivier Duquette
98 Owen Lalonde
28 Gustav Lindstrom
63 Alec McCrea
94 Alec Regula
53 Moritz Seider

Goalies

Num. Name
36 Kaden Fulcher
38 Filip Larsson
80 Anthony Popovich
68 Sean Romeo

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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