Red Wings Announce New Jersey Numbers

The Red Wings announced new jersey numbers for some of their players via social media on Tuesday afternoon.

I had attempted to predict some of these and, as I noted on Twitter, I was very wrong.

My thoughts (some of which I’ve already Tweeted), in no particular order…

David Perron getting #57 is no surprise.  It was available, it’s clearly his preferred number, there’s a match there.

Same thing with Ville Husso and #35, though there could have been question as to whether the team would hold that number out of circulation for Jimmy Howard (I didn’t expect that).

I had expected Lucas Raymond to switch to #18, which has been his preferred number to this point, with Marc Staal having departed.  Maybe I shouldn’t have.  It has become exceedingly rare for players to switch numbers after debuting for Detroit.  No matter how many times I heard that Tomas Tatar was on the verge of switching to #90 or Justin Abdelkader was going to move to #89, it never happened.  Taro Hirose switched from #53 to #67 to #25 but before that we might be going back to Joakim Andersson switching from #63 to…  #18.

With Raymond not taking #18, it was available for Andrew Copp, Dominik Kubalik, and Robert Haag.  Copp got it, which makes sense as the longer-term signing, and Kubalik inverted it to #81 with Haag taking the next available number that ended with an 8 in #38.

Olli Maatta didn’t get his usual #3, instead going with #2.  Simon Edvinsson has been assigned #3 but I’d figured the Wings would never block Maatta from taking it, especially since Edvinsson seems to be more tied to #7 (though, as @hwcJay noted and I completely missed, Edvinsson did wear #3 earlier in his career).  Maybe Maatta chose #2, maybe he wasn’t allowed to have #3, I don’t know.

I’d expected Mark Pysyk to take #23 (with Raymond having moved on to #18) as his usual #13 is unavailable.  With #23 still in use and following the same logic as applied to Haag, Pysyk goes from #13 to #43.

The biggest surprise, to me, was Jake Walman giving up #8 to Ben Chiarot and switching to #96.  Chiarot had worn #8 with Montreal and Florida but had #7 after breaking through with the Jets and seemed more tied to that number early in his career.  I thought Chiarot would either double that up to take #77 or take the closest available number in #2.  Instead, Walman switches to his birth year, which gives us some funny history with #96.

As far as Austin Czarnik‘s #21, Matt Luff’s #22, Pontus Andreasson’s #26, Jussi Olkinuora’s #45, and Steven Kampfer‘s #54, I’ll admit that I didn’t even take time to consider them.

Not that Development Camp numbers can ever really be taken as meaningful, but this leaves several Wings prospects looking for new jersey numbers.

Kienan Draper loses #21, Amadeus Lombardi loses #96, Robert Mastrosimone loses #54 (after having previously been forced to switch from #14), Carter Mazur loses the #43 of his idol (Darren Helm), Cooper Moore loses #81, and Carter Gylander loses #35.

Some of those players won’t be back in a Detroit camp until next summer, at which point some of the new Red Wings’ contracts will be up, so they may never actually need to switch numbers.

2022 Development Camp Jersey Number Notes

The Red Wings opened up their first development camp since 2022 today and announced the rosters for it via Twitter.

Unlike previous years, the team did not announce sweater numbers, and since I’m a numbers geek I couldn’t allow that to stand. I went through Dave Guralnick’s excellent photo gallery to match names and numbers and started filling in gaps from anywhere else I could find… And then the ever-thorough George Malik posted his Day One impressions and included player jersey numbers to fill in the gaps.

There are a handful of returning players who have kept their jersey numbers.  Goalie Sebastian Cossa keeps the #33 he wore last fall in camp.  Defensemen Oscar Plandowski and Donovan Sebrango keep #77 and #44, respectively.  Up front, Pasquale Zito keeps #56 and Cross Hanas holds on to #74.

Returning goalie Carter Gylander has graduated from the #60 he wore in 2019 to #35, which he’ll probably immediately lose to new Red Wings goalie Ville HussoRobert Mastrosimone, making his return to development camp, takes the #54 that was last assigned to Bobby Ryan with the #14 he wore in 2019 now taken by Robby Fabbri.

Some of the other assignments show players who aren’t expected to return to Detroit.  Chase Bradley takes over Carter Rowney’s #37, Kienan Draper gets Dan Renouf‘s #21, Owen Flores takes over Kaden Fulcher‘s #36, and Andrew Oke is wearing Calvin Pickard‘s #31 (though, with regards to the latter two, try-out goalie numbers are even more meaningless in development camp).

One interesting assignment is Simon Edvinsson getting the #3 that had been assigned to Jared MacIssac.  MacIssac still has one year left on his deal with Detroit so presumably one of those two will be wearing a different number come the main camp in the fall.

The eighth-overall pick from last week’s NHL Entry Draft, Marco Kasper, is wearing the #92 that previously belonged to Vladislav Namestnikov.

Also worth noting is Carter Mazur having been assigned the #43 that previously belonged to his idol, Darren Helm.

The full roster is as follows:

Forwards

Num. Name
98 Brennan Ali
84 Julien Anctil*
72 Trenton Bliss*
37 Chase Bradley
21 Kienan Draper
88 Liam Dower Nilsson
74 Cross Hanas
87 Dylan James
92 Marco Kasper
57 Cole Knuble*
96 Amadeus Lombardi
94 Mitchell Martin*
54 Robert Mastrosimone
43 Carter Mazur
97 Owen Mehlenbacher
62 Theodor Niederbach
61 Ethan Phillips
58 Riley Piercey*
67 Redmond Savage
63 Sam Stange
64 A.J. Vanderbeck*
56 Pasquale Zito

Defensemen

Num. Name
55 Kyle Aucoin
75 Drew Bavaro*
78 Shia Buium
3 Simon Edvinsson
79 Cedric Fiedler*
95 Tnias Mathurin
81 Cooper Moore
77 Oscar Plandowski
44 Donovan Sebrango
51 Eemil Viro
83 William Wallinder

Goalies

Num. Name
80 Pierce Charleson*
33 Sebastian Cossa
36 Owen Flores*
35 Carter Gylander
68 Connor Murphy*
31 Andrew Oke*

2019 Development Camp Jersey Number Notes

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 MeganCooper 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:

Forwards

Num. Name
58 Jack Adams
57 Jonatan Berggren
42 Mathieu Bizier
79 Samuel Bucek
50 Thomas Casey
18 Albin Grewe
67 Taro Hirose
49 Otto Kivenmaki
56 Ryan Kuffner
81 Alex Limoges
75 Troy Loggins
76 Jarid Lukosevicius
78 Gregor MacLeod
14 Robert Mastrosimone
62 Cody Morgan
44 Ryan O’Reilly
46 Chase Pearson
22 Ethan Phillips
89 Owen Robinson
85 Elmer Soderblom
82 Odeen Tufto
90 Joe Veleno
88 Chad Yetman
11 Filip Zadina

Defensemen

Num. Name
86 Seth Barton
97 Gustav Berglund
87 Charles-Edouard D’Astous
26 Marc-Olivier Duquette
92 Patrick Holway
95 Albert Johansson
84 Kasper Kotkansalo
98 Owen Lalonde
28 Gustav Lindstrom
63 Alec McCrea
96 Cooper Moore
94 Alec Regula
53 Moritz Seider
73 Malte Setkov
24 Antti Tuomisto

Goalies

Num. Name
00 Robbie Beydoun
34 Victor Brattstrom
68 Drew DeRidder
31 Jesper Eliasson
36 Kaden Fulcher
60 Carter Gylander
38 Filip Larsson
80 Keith Petruzzelli

Red Wings Draft Thoughts

Hope is not a strategy but inevitably it’s what you come out of the draft with.

I look at Moritz Seider and Antti Tuomisto – the Red Wings’ first two draft picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft – and I have hope.  Both are regarded as reaches – players selected earlier than expected but who could end up justifying it.  That’s where hope comes in.  You have to hope that what the Red Wings’ front office saw comes true.

This was the draft that the rebuild would be built upon.  The Wings organization spent a lot of time talking about how all of those second round picks were going to be important.  With those picks, they selected the stretch Tuomisto, winger Robert Mastrosimone (a pick I’m comfortable with), and defenseman Albert Johansson, who The Athletic’s Corey Pronman doesn’t even see in the NHL.

There are no true sure things in the draft but what’s been missing from Detroit’s rebuild is someone who’s as close to that as you can get.  Things might turn out alright with who they’ve selected but for now we’re left just hoping.

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