By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
Detroit Red Wings fans undoubtedly wish that their team was still playing in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but several Detroit regulars and prospects continue their seasons at the World Championship and Memorial Cup.
Superstar forward Henrik Zetterberg will finish third in scoring in Helsinki with three goals and twelve assists in eight games. Sweden fell victim to the surprising Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, but fellow Red Wings Johan Franzen, Nicklas Kronwall, and Jonathan Ericsson and accomplished prospect Calle Jarnkrok all represented the organization well.
Notably, Franzen, who had a lackluster playoff series against Nashville, scored four goals and added five assists good enough to tie him for seventh in tournament scoring at present.
Detroit brass also had the chance to see what 20-year-old Jarnkrok can do when he faces NHL players. Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill told the Detroit Free Press, “This was a big step for him. He’s...