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Video- Talking Detroit’s Draft

via the Wings' YouTube page,

John Keating, Art Regner, Ken Daniels and Trevor Thompson preview the 2019 NHL Draft and talk Red Wings Hockey.


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Ken Holland On Stability And Drafting

Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic ($$$) did an interview with Ken Holland and a few takes on the Wings came into the conversation...

I’m a big believer in stability. That’s one of the things we had in Detroit. The last three years we missed the playoffs, but I’d like to think that the team this year was competitive. It wasn’t quite good enough. It wasn’t quite deep enough. It got decimated by injuries in the middle of the season. But you’ve gotta be steady on the rudder and you can’t be reacting to the pressures of the short term....

We traded back a few times. The one year with Mantha (2013) we traded from 18 to 20 and got an extra second. We used that pick on (Tyler) Bertuzzi. We traded from 16 to 20 with Arizona (in 2016) in the (Pavel) Datsyuk deal. They took Datsyuk off our hands. They got (Jakob) Chychrun; we got (Dennis) Cholowski. We used the second-round pick on (Filip) Hronek. I think one year we had a first and traded back for three seconds. None of the seconds have really panned out, but it was a strategy. It was a three-, four-, five-year strategy.

You can’t hit every time. But Hronek and Bertuzzi are gonna be two players that I think are gonna play for the Red Wings for 10 years. They’re both really good players and great picks by our scouting staff.

If you wanna draft good, get lots of picks.

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Detroit Has Options At The #6 Spot Of The NHL Draft

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings hold the sixth overall pick in the June 21-22 event in Vancouver, British Columbia. I wrote about the benefit of drafting Cole Caufield at the NHL combine, and in the first mock draft, the Wings selected center Dylan Cozens.

In this edition, I have the Wings selecting center Trevor Zegras, a product of the U.S. National Team Development Program based out of Plymouth. He came in at sixth on the NHL Central Scouting final draft prospect rankings.

Zegras is 6-feet, 173 pounds and shoots left. He posted 26 goals and 61 assists in 60 games with the U18 team last season. Zegras draws comparisons to Chicago’s Patrick Kane, and models his game after Arizona’s Clayton Keller (Zegras has 100 career assists in 116 games split between the U18 and U17 NTDP teams; Keller had 118 in his NTDP career). 


Below, Ansar Khan of Mlive on prospect Alex Turcotte,

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Reviewing Detroit’s 2017 Draft

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings had quantity on their side at the 2017 entry draft, making 11 selections over seven rounds.

As for quality, the selections yielded one of the top defense prospects in the organization and a big forward who could develop into a net-front goalscorer....

F Michael Rasmussen

Post draft: Wrapped up his junior career by posting 33 points in 14 playoff games with Tri-City in the spring of 2018.

Wingspan: Made the team out of training camp in the fall of 2018. If the Wings had not kept him in Detroit, they would have had to send him back to Tri-City because Rasmussen had year left of junior eligibility. Had a good first half with six goals among 13 points the first 41 games. Was able to use his 6-foot-6 body to go to the net even as he adjusted to playing against men instead of fellow teenagers.

Rasmussen missed most of January because of a hamstring injury and spent three games with Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint, scoring twice. Had a hard time during the second half, struggling to establish himself as a scoring threat in front of the net or anywhere else. Had just five points the last 21 games, and was injured again the last two weeks of the season.

Rasmussen, 20, needs to come to camp ready to compete for a job or he’ll start the season in Grand Rapids. The latter scenario probably would be best for him, as he could play in a go-to role and regain confidence.

Assessment: Has potential to be a net-front force.

read on for more players including defenseman Gustav Lindstrom who St. James says looks promising...

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Video- 22 Years Ago Tonight

42 years without the Cup, then boom!



Watch the full game below.

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Talking With Steve Yzerman

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

In a recent wide-ranging discussion with NHL.com, Yzerman elaborated on life without Holland in Detroit, why he doesn't think teams can be built via free agency, and the future of veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

You consider Ken Holland a mentor. What kind of legacy has he left on the Red Wings organization?

"At the end of the day, I understood where he's coming from. Mostly, he's happy about his move so we're all pleased for him. In the Detroit organization, he's done so much for us. Not only building Stanley Cup teams, all of us who have worked with him, he's been a friend, a father figure, a professional adviser to us all, and he's looked out for us all. We're all grateful for everything he's done for us and we're going to miss him."

Holland always stressed the importance of the NHL Draft, as did you when you were GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. You have the No. 6 pick in the 2019 Draft, how key is it to hit on this selection?

"The Draft is so important. You have to acquire your talent some way. To do it through unrestricted free agency, you're not going to build a team that way. At least I don't think you can build a team that way. How you do it is acquire the young talent and try to develop them. I think we're fortunate to have a small core of the [Dylan] Larkins, the [Anthony] Manthas, the [Tyler] Bertuzzis coming. There's the foundation there and we have to add to it. They're all good young players."

Judging by those comments, should we not expect a big splash from the Red Wings in free agency?

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Video- Previewing Detroit’s Draft

via the Wings' YouTube page,

John Keating, Art Regner, Ken Daniels and Trevor Thompson preview the 2019 NHL Draft inside the Red Wings locker room.


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Detroit Prospect Jared McIsaac Out Up To 6 Months After Shoulder Surgery

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Will The Wings Be Active In Free Agency?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some fan mail...

Do you think Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings will be aggressive in free agency?

I predict patience from Yzerman as the Red Wings new general manager. I don't think he'll be aggressive in free agency because the need for a splash doesn't outweigh the need for the Red Wings to build it right so they can become a contender for several years. The caveat to this is the potential for Yzerman to use the rarely used offer sheet. I've heard around the League that nobody would be surprised if he tried to get Lightning center Brayden Point to sign an offer sheet. But I also think the Lightning will match it so it's probably not going to go very far.

When he was introduced as executive vice president and general manager on April 19, Yzerman repeatedly mentioned how building the Red Wings back into a contender will take time. He likes the foundation put in place by former GM Ken Holland. The plan will be to build around forwards Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen. He likes defensemen Filip Hronek and Jared McIssac too.

Yzerman's plan is likely the same as it was with the Lightning. He let it build slowly in Tampa Bay. He had Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, but he eventually added Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Palat, Killorn and Point, making them a part of the core. He infused veterans like defensemen Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi and Braydon Coburn, and forward Ryan Callahan, albeit in a trade for Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis. He could allow goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to develop properly because he acquired Ben Bishop. Eventually he added Miller and defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and the next wave of younger players started to come through too, making the Lightning what they were this season, the best in the regular season.

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