Red Wings Invite Seven to Traverse City

The Detroit Red Wings have invited seven free agents to their annual prospects tournament in Traverse City beginning Sept. 10.

Among those auditioning for contracts are former Red Wings draft choices Nick Oslund and Bryan Rufenach, who are unlikely to be signed by the August 15th deadline for college prospects. Additional tryouts will be announced when the main training camp roster is finalized.

Following is a review of the preliminary invitees (listed alphabetically).

  • Adam Estoclet – A 6-foot-2, 172 pound forward wrapped up his collegiate career earlier this Spring while attending Dartmouth College. The Orno, Minnesota native played seven games with Providence of the AHL after signing a amateur try-out contract.
  • Zach Franko– A 5-foot-11, 175 left wing who opted to play for Kelowna of the WHL after originally committing to Bemidji State University.Franko is an undersized offensive forward who notched 22 goals and 53 points as a WHL rookie.
  • Evan Mosher – A 6-foot, 186 pound goalie who has played the last three seasons for the PEI Rockets of the QMJHL. Mosher posted a respectable 2.79 goals against in 57 games this season marking his first sub .300 season to date.
  • Nick Oslund – A 6-foot-3, 210 pound forward who was originally selected by the Red Wings in 2006 has one more chance to impress the brass before becoming a UFA. Oslund is a raw package of size and skating ability but hasn’t developed the mean streak or scoring capability.
  • Bryan Rufenach – A 6-foot, 187 pound defenseman who plays an offensive game but is prone to defensive inconsistencies. Like Oslund, Rufenach has one last chance to impress in Traverse City.
  • Artem Sergeev – A 6-foot-1, 205 pound defenseman who played for Val d’Or of the QMJHL last year. The Russian native is an offensive defenseman who who makes a good first pass. He is a client of former Red Wing turned agent, Igor Larionov.
  • Ramis Sadikov (pictured) – A 6-foot-2, 230 pound goalie is a competitive netminder who uses a mix of styles. The Red Wings have had their eye on Sadikov since the 2010 NHL draft, but opted to select Petr Mrazek that year instead. Sadikov, who was rated 12th overall by the Central Scouting Bureau in 2010 (Mrazek was rated 25th that same year), ultimately went undrafted in both 2010 and 2011 but has since rebounded taking over the starter duties in Erie last season and finishing with a 2.88 goals against and a .912 save percentage.

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