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Who Is The Prospect?

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press provides the scouting report, you provide the name.

Scouting report: Smart, strong skater who can carry the puck and make a good outlet pass.

Scouting report: Very good skater, good size, good puck mover.

Scouting report: Underrated talents, hard worker.


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Reality Is Still Around

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings won a lot this weekend.

Some fans said it felt at least a little bit like the days, nearly a decade ago, when they could flip the channel or drive downtown to see the Wings dominating opponents.

The surprising results of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft invigorated many of the faithful. Again, the Red Wings outperformed most of the league.

But the impact on the roster only underlines how long it will take for their next deep run in the playoffs.

With the sustenance of the draft came harsh reinforcement of reality. The Wings are gathering momentum in a rebuilding process that will surely take at least a few years longer.


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Video- Tyler Wright After The Draft


added 5:05pm,

Hakan Andersson met with the media too, watch below....

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On The Second Day Of The NHL Draft

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today drafted eight players during the second day of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Red Wings began the day with two picks in the second round, selecting right wing Jonatan Berggren (33rd overall) and defenseman Jared McIsaac (36th overall) before selecting three times in the third round: defenseman Alec Regula (67th overall), defenseman Seth Barton (81st overall) and goaltender Jesper Eliasson (84th overall). With their fourth-round pick, and eighth pick within the top-100 of the draft, Detroit chose right wing Ryan O’Reilly (98th overall). The final two rounds of the draft saw Detroit select goaltender Victor Brattstrom (160th overall) and center Otto Kivenmaki (191st overall).

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Filip Zadina Will Get A Shot To Make The Wing

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Zadina, projected to go as high as third, is a high-end winger who will provide a much-needed scoring dimension. The team’s director of amateur scouting, Tyler Wright, was in disbelief at the Wings’ good fortune.

“Zadina at sixth for us was a little bit of a shock,” he said. “We need to score goals. We need offensive players. Our power play has got to get better. He’s a guy that has the ability to win hockey games because he’s got that offensive ability. He finds a way to score in different ways. His No. 1 attribute that we think that he can bring is high-end skill."

Whether he can help the Wings right away will become clearer at training camp, but Wright said Zadina will get “every opportunity” to do so. Perhaps he could be a fit with Henrik Zetterberg, similar to how the veteran center helped Dylan Larkin flourish in his rookie year. Perhaps Zadina could be a fit with Larkin, creating a high-flying, creative duo. The Wings need somebody who can win games, and that’s in Zadina’s skill set.


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Detroit Draft Picks Rounds 4-7





from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Detroit’s Three Picks In The 3rd Round




note: Regarding the next 4 rounds, I will recap those when the draft is over.


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Wings’ Two Selections Early In The 2nd Round Of The NHL Draft



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Open Post- Detroit Red Wings Rounds 2-7 2018 NHL Draft

You can watch Day 2 of the NHL Draft today beginning at 11:00am on the NHL Network or Sportsnet.

Picks the Wings have today...

Round 2: #33 and 36

Round 3: #67, 81 and 84

Round 4: #98

Round 6: #159 and 160

Round 7: #191

added 11:03am, Live stream of Day 2 is below.

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Videos- Media Blitz

Filip Zadina...



Below, the Red Wings select Joe Veleno who then answers questions from the media and Ken Holland after round 1...

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