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Jimmy Devellano Before The Draft

via Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“We’re now where the Leafs were three or four years ago,” Wings’ senior vice-president Jim Devellano acknowledged. “We’re a team badly in need of a rebuild. We realize it’s not an accident we’re picking sixth. Obviously, we hope to get a player who can make it in a year or two. And we have Vegas’ pick at 30th and 11 picks in the seven rounds.

“It’s what the Leafs did a couple of years ago (strip down the roster for picks). We’ve kind of copied that and hope we can get some players. Toronto is drafting 25th, so whatever they do in Dallas, it ain’t helping them for three or four years. They know that.”

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The Latest On Martin Frk

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Martin Frk may yet have a future with the Detroit Red Wings, but he will not receive a qualifying offer from the team.

Frk, 24, is a restricted free agent. He made $650,000 last season, and would have to be qualified at 110 percent of that by June 25 for the Wings to retain his rights. However, Frk has arbitration rights, and by risking going before an arbitrator, the Wings could end up paying more than $715,000 for Frk for a one-year contract....

He is an engaging player with a booming, right-handed shot, but where, for example, Alex Ovechkin always seems to find a hole, Frk tends to miss the net or the puck hits a player.

The Wings might offer Frk a contract as a free agent, but he could also explore going elsewhere. One possible destination is Dallas, where Frk’s former coach with Grand Rapids, Todd Nelson, is now an assistant coach.

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Another Mock Draft

Corey Pronman of The Athletic ($$$) with his Detroit pick in a mock draft...

6. Detroit: Evan Bouchard, D, London-OHL

The rumors for months have been that the Wings are focusing in on Bouchard. The last month or so I had heard their target had turned to Hughes, so I could see him be the pick if he gets to No. 6. Barring that, I think the puck-moving blueliner from London with the big shot will be their pick.

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A Look At Prospect Adam Boqvist

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Adam Boqvist

Position: Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6-0/165

Shoots: Right

2017-18 team: Brynas Jr./Brynas/Almtuna (Sweden)

TSN's Craig Button says: "Real dynamic offensive defenseman. He's got that daring. I call it daring because players like him will look at opportunities and they're not afraid to take the initiative. He can make an 80-foot pass as well as he can make a 10-foot pass. He'll hold the puck. He's not willing to give it up. He's willing to hold it and break down defenders. He's got that ability to strike quick. Because he's looking to take advantage of weakness, he's always probing and that probing can be with the puck and just as importantly without the puck. He'll jump into the attack. When you use player types as a comparable, that's where Erik Karlsson comes to mind."

Summary: Central Scouting ranked Boqvist the No. 2 European skater behind expected top pick Rasmus Dahlin. Boqvist is expected to be available when the Red Wings pick sixth, but they might prefer a bigger defenseman, like Evan Bouchard or Noah Dobson, if available, or Quinn Hughes.


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Would Brady Tkachuk Be A Fit For The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Brady Tkachuk

Position: Left wing

Height/Weight: 6-3/192

Shoots: Left

2017-18 team: Boston University (Hockey East)

2017-18 stats: 40 games, 8 goals, 23 assists, 31 points, 61 penalty minutes.

Why Red Wings would be interested: He would provide size, abrasiveness and skill on the wing.

TSN's Craig Button says: "Brady is in it to win it. That's all he cares about. You hear a lot about his intangibles, or his character, or his toughness, getting under the opponent's skin, I can tell you, his tangibles are excellent. He's so smart. He understands any given situation in the game at any given moment, what play needs to happen. That can be a pass, it can be a shot, it can be physical play, it can be hanging in there in front of the net and taking abuse. He's got excellent hands, he's a good skater. His skating is only going to get better as he physically matures and the strength catches up. He plays the game inside the dots, on the interior. This game is not meant to be played outside the dots, outside the guts of the action, and he's in the middle of it at all times. He makes players that he plays with better, he takes advantage of their skills and contributes to them, and he helps teams win."

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Options At The Draft For The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Defenseman or forward? Size or speed?

The 2018 NHL entry draft starts Friday with the first round, and the Detroit Red Wings have two selections to make. They have the sixth overall pick, and given the depth of talent available within the top 10 projected picks, should get a player who will be key to the rebuilding effort. They pick again at 30th, where they have Vegas’ pick stemming from the Tomas Tatar trade.

Rasmus Dahlin is the consensus to go first overall, and Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina and Brady Tkachuk are all expected to be gone by the time the Wings make their first pick.

The Wings might move back if Vancouver (seventh overall), Chicago (eighth) or the New York Rangers (ninth) provide an incentive to swap picks — for example, if the Rangers offered their second-round pick, a scenario could have the Wings pick ninth and gain the 39th pick. The Wings are not moving out of the top 10.

Here is a look at candidates for the Wings’ first-round picks. The first six are projected top-10 picks. 


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Why The Wings Would Be Interested In Prospect Noah Dobson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6-3/177

Shoots: Right

2017-18 team: Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

2017-18 stats: 67 games, 17 goals, 52 assists, 69 points, 52 penalty minutes....

Why Red Wings would be interested: He would fill the Red Wings' biggest need in their system - a big, skilled, right-shooting defenseman who can man the point on the power play. Most of the team's defensive prospects are average in size or smaller. And while bigger isn't necessarily better, the team has placed an emphasis on size.

NHL Central Scouting says: "A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the point on the power play. He is a point-producer with size who defends well and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

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Detroit’s UFA Wish List

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk is at the top of their wish list. They'd be willing to give him a two-year contract at a high salary, a source said. They believe he's capable of scoring 25 to 30 goals....

The Red Wings are interested in bringing back Thomas Vanek, 34, on a one-year deal. They would trade him at the deadline for a draft pick if they're out of the playoff race. Vanek was a good fit in Detroit in 2016-17 (15 goals, 38 points in 48 games), before being dealt to Florida at the deadline for a third-round pick....

The Red Wings are eying two 32-year-old goalies - Carter Hutton of St. Louis and Anton Khudobin of Boston. Hutton, their first choice, went 17-7-3 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Khudobin went 16-6-7, with a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Despite reports that the Red Wings are looking to trade goalie Jimmy Howard, a source said there is no chance of that happening.

more names, like the Wings may not re-sign Frk, RFA talk too...

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The Detroit Red Wings Announce Their Preseason Schedule

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2018-19 preseason schedule.

The Red Wings will hit the ice for the first time in 2018-19 by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena. That matchup starts a stretch of three home games in four days, with contests against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. Detroit will then travel for four road games in a six-day span, visiting Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 23 (3:00 p.m.), Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (8:30 p.m.), Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (7:00 p.m.) and Toronto on Friday, Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m.), prior to the eighth and final preseason game against the division-rival Maple Leafs on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.

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Detroit’s Development Camp Will Be Held At The Belfor Training Center

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the schedule for their 2018 Development Camp, which will be held at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena from June 26-30. The camp begins on Tuesday, June 26 and features on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts each day, including a scrimmage on Saturday, June 30.

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