Detroit Red Wings draft pick Filip Hronek will be suiting up for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit this season.
— Saginaw Spirit (@SpiritHockey) August 26, 2016
The 6-foot, 163-pound defenseman was originally selected by the Red Wings 53rd overall in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft; his Canadian Hockey League rights were acquired by the Spirit after selecting him 14th overall in the Import Draft.
Red Wings senior vice president and alternate governor Jim Devellano expressed his excitement shortly afterwards:
“As an organization, we are very pleased to have Filip Hronek just up the road from Detroit,” he said. “I know Ken Holland is thrilled and (director of player development) Jiri Fischer is thrilled to have him close to Detroit where we can get to see him.”
Spirit GM Dave Drinkill also made a formal announcement regarding the move:
“We are pleased that Filip has committed to the Saginaw Spirit for the 2016-2017 season. He is an extremely talented offensive defenseman that will be a critical core piece of our team for this season. Filip has the ability and skill set to be an elite player in the OHL, and we are going to do whatever we can to make sure that he maximizes his potential while spending the season in Saginaw. I know that his end goal like most players is to play in the NHL, and after being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, it is the perfect scenario for everyone involved. The fans of Saginaw are really going to enjoy coming to see Hronek play and should be very excited about this commitment. I want to welcome Filip to the Saginaw Spirit family and look forward to a great year ahead.”
Hronek, 18, spent last season with HC Hradec Kralov and HC Litomerice in the Czech Republic Men’s League, and also competed in Helsinki, Finland in the 2016 World Junior Championships.
He’ll be in Saginaw for the start of training camp on Monday.