Red Wings of Tomorrow: Red Savage

Red Wings of Tomorrow evaluates each possibility in the Detroit Red Wings system and what they expect to be in the future. We’ll look at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them as they advance through the Detroit organization. Today, we’re showing the Red Savage Center

Redmond “Red” Savage

Site: center

How is the acquisition: Picked 114th overall, 2021 NHL Draft entry

2021-22 stats: 35-6-10-16 (with Miami, NCHC)

Contract Status: UN-signed

2022-23 Team Prediction: University of Miami (Ohio)

Outlook Summary

Like father, like son? When it comes to Brian Savage and his son Reed, it just might be.

Brian went to the University of Miami in 1990-91 and scored five goals as a freshman. After 31 years, his son Reed went to Miami and scored six goals as a freshman last season. The younger Savage played nine more games than his father and ended up with four more assists.

The good news for the Red Wings is that the elder Savage has traveled in 674 NHL games. He ended up generating four seasons more than 20 goals for the Montreal Canadiens. He kicked off his sophomore season in Miami. Brian Savage scored 24 goals and then followed up with 37 as a junior.

Red is a different player than his father. He’s not that big and he’s probably a better two-way player than his dad at his age. When you grow up with an NHL dad, you end up with a high hockey IQ. Red has an advanced understanding of playing the right way. United States hockey recruited him to the U.S. national junior team last season. Savage’s younger expectation is that he will get better every year.

Estimated time of arrival in Detroit

Depending on his father’s schedule and the type of player in charge Red Savage, he may or may not be out of school next season. Scouts say he can be a dependable attacking midfielder with versatility.

“Smart, driven, hardworking, sticks his nose into the action, brave, excellent skater, quick first step, uses his body and speed in battle, drives the net and knows what to do once he gets there,” Dan Stewart of Project Horizons Hockey said last season about him.

Stewart said Savage would be a strong two-way contender who “can play up and down the lineup.”

“It catches the disc and is very effective in the forward check,” Stewart said.

The big question for Red Savage: How much attack will he be able to inflict?

The Red Wings will be looking for Savage to take a big step as a sophomore, as his father did. Undoubtedly, there will be a discussion at the end of next season. But their best guess is that they wouldn’t look to the younger Savage’s rush.

They will seek to use his time in college to take advantage of the weight room and gain more strength. They will be patient with him. Depending on what happens next season, Savage could be arriving in Detroit in 2023-24 or 2024-25.

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