In preparation for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, I have been profiling players who may be available when the Red Wings make their first selection at 24th overall. I’ve hit most of the nationalities that make up the Red Wings roster so far, including a Canadian, a Swede, and a Finn. The other day, I profiled Tomas Jurco, and while there are no current Red Wings from Slovakia, his hometown is just a four hour drive from that of prospect Tomas Tatar.
While there is currently only one Russian on the Red Wings, and none necessarily coming up the pipeline, the past and present of the Wings franchise has been shaped by enormous contributions from players who hail from the former Soviet Union. From Pavel Datsyuk now, to the famous Russian 5 of the mid-ninties, they all have a connection to this next player.