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A Very Important Draft For The Detroit Red Wings

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Tyler Wright, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting, had a message for the rest of his staff — more than a dozen scouts scattered across North America and Europe — before they packed up and headed to Detroit this weekend, for the pre-draft meetings which began Sunday at Little Caesars Arena and will run through Thursday.

“Bring your pillow,” Wright said, “and your boxing gloves.”

He laughs, knowing cooler heads will prevail. This won’t be some old-time hockey line brawl.

But the 45-year-old Wright isn’t joking when he talks about some of the “long, drawn-out meetings” that’ll eventually produce the Red Wings’ prospect rankings for next month’s NHL Draft in Dallas.

A draft that general manager Ken Holland has described as a 2-for-1 deal for Detroit, considering the team holds a league-high 11 picks, including two picks in each of the first two rounds — that’s four of the first 36 selections overall — and three more in the third.

“We debate everything,” said Wright, who joined the Wings organization in July 2013 after spending six years prior to that with the Columbus.

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Primis's avatar

that’s four of the first 36 selections overall

I did not realize the second rounders were both that early.  That’s… something.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/18 at 09:26 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

that’s four of the first 36 selections overall

I did not realize the second rounders were both that early.  That’s… something.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/18 at 09:26 AM ET

In the hands of a skilled GM, you could do a lot.  Because you already have another 1st round pick near the end, it is tempting to think you could package the two early 2nd rounders alone or with additional incentive, to move up for a third 1st round pick.  I know NYI have two consecutive picks at 12/13.  You could get a good center there.

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/07/18 at 10:43 AM ET

Primis's avatar

In the hands of a skilled GM, you could do a lot.  Because you already have another 1st round pick near the end, it is tempting to think you could package the two early 2nd rounders alone or with additional incentive, to move up for a third 1st round pick.  I know NYI have two consecutive picks at 12/13.  You could get a good center there.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/07/18 at 10:43 AM ET

Just spitballing, I actually wonder how far up in the first round a package of Vegas’ 1st and the two 2nd’s could get you?  The 1st and two 2nd’s for an even earlier 1st still.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/18 at 01:04 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

1. Buffalo   16. Colorado
2. Carolina   17. New Jersey  
3. Montreal   18. Columbus  
4. Ottawa   19. Philadelphia  
5. Arizona   20. Los Angeles  
6. Detroit   21. San Jose  
7. Vancouver   22. Ottawa  
8. Chicago   23. Anaheim  
9. New York (Rangers) 24. Minnesota  
10. Edmonton   25. Toronto  
11. New York (Isl)  26. Washington  
12. New York (Isl)  27. New York (Rangers) 
13. Dallas   28. New York (Rangers) 
14. Philadelphia 29. Detroit (maybe) 
15. Florida   30. St. Louis  
    31. Chicago

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/07/18 at 02:19 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

ugh.  column fail.

1. Buffalo
2. Carolina
3. Montreal
4. Ottawa
5. Arizona
6. Detroit
7. Vancouver
8. Chicago
9. New York (Rangers)
10. Edmonton
11. New York (Isl)
12. New York (Isl)
13. Dallas
14. Philadelphia
15. Florida
16. Colorado
17. New Jersey
18. Columbus
19. Philadelphia
20. Los Angeles
21. San Jose
22. Ottawa
23. Anaheim
24. Minnesota
25. Toronto
26. Washington
27. New York (Rangers)
28. New York (Rangers)
29. Detroit (maybe)
30. St. Louis
31. Chicago

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/07/18 at 02:20 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Just spitballing, I actually wonder how far up in the first round a package of Vegas’ 1st and the two 2nd’s could get you?  The 1st and two 2nd’s for an even earlier 1st still.

So, even with the Vegas 1st thrown in, I doubt you could get higher than Chicago’s 8th.  With just the two high seconds, you might get inside 15, and there would be a lot of value there.  I’m just guessing, tho.

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/07/18 at 02:24 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So, even with the Vegas 1st thrown in, I doubt you could get higher than Chicago’s 8th.  With just the two high seconds, you might get inside 15, and there would be a lot of value there.  I’m just guessing, tho.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/07/18 at 02:24 PM ET

That might be worth it.  Especially if the right player falls.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/18 at 05:24 PM ET

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