The Wings will be well represented at the World Junior Championships Dec. 26-Jan.5 in Helsinki, Finland.
The tournament matches the best under-19 players in the world. It annually one of the most exciting events on the hockey calendar.
"Itís as good as it gets," said Jim Nill, the Wingsí assistant general manager. "Itís a great experience for a young player."
Forward Jiri Hudler (Czech Republic) will leave Thursday and be captain of the Czech team.
Other recent Wings draft picks who are headed for Finland include goalie Jim Howard (United States), defenseman Derek Meech (Canada), forward Vladimir Kutny (Slovakia) and forward Valtteri Filppula (Finland).
Howard, whom the Wings drafted in the second round in June, will share the goaltending with Michiganís Al Montoya on the U.S. team.
Paul Ballyntyne is turning some heads this year. After started out the year in the ECHL averaging a point per game, he has been playing steady and even providing some offensive chances. He still has a while to go before he is NHL ready, but hopefully he can be a late bloomer and continue to develop.