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A Look At The Wings’ 2018 Draft Class

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The 2018 draft saw the Wings cash in on the Tomas Tatar trade and use Vegas’ first-round pick into Joe Veleno, one of four picks the Wings made within the first 36 picks and among 10 total. Several of the draft picks figure to be a key part of the rebuild.

Here is a closer look at each selection.

F Filip Zadina...

Wingspan: Zadina, 20, made his 2019-20 season debut Nov. 24, called up after Anthony Mantha suffered an injury. Zadina earned his first point Nov. 30. He looked strong on the puck, figuring out how to make time and space for himself to make a play or take a good shot. From the time he was called up until he suffered a leg injury Jan. 31 (a span of 27 games), Zadina was tied for first on the team in goals (eight) and ranked third in points (15). He showed he belongs in the lineup, and that he can add a much-needed offensive boost.

F Joe Veleno...

Wingspan: Veleno, 20, endured growing pains, but that’s normal in a player’s first year of pro hockey. The Wings’ development staff emphasized Veleno work on the defensive side of his game, and that was a factor in his 11 goals and 12 assists in 54 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. There’s no doubt he has high-end offensive instincts, but the Wings need Veleno to be a good two-way player to maximize where he slots into the rebuild.


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RWBill's avatar

So mlive now is charging a $5/mo subscription fee to read their articles?  No thanks.

First eliminate the comment sections for readers, then charge a subscription fee.

“How to run a web site into the ground”

Posted by RWBill on 07/13/20 at 01:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep RWB, sometimes I have visited and no paywall, other times there is.

I would note it in the post if I could but there is no pattern of a paywall post there.

All I know is November is a long way away, it is going to be a struggle for them until camp opens up.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/13/20 at 02:01 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I really like Ansar. He is a nice man with some good knowledge and second to only Kruppa in the local diggers,but MLive is not worth .50c.


Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/13/20 at 02:32 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Yeah I said elsewhere that hockey season would be the only time I would consider subscribing to read Ansar’s columns, but probably not just b/c mlive doesn’t have any regard for its former readers.

Posted by RWBill on 07/13/20 at 08:33 PM ET

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