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All About The NHL Draft Lottery And Top Prospects

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

Regardless of where the Wings end up in the first round, the selection will be their highest at least since drafting Keith Primeau third overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

This year's draft has been called one of the deepest in recent memory, and depending on where it ends up selecting, Detroit should acquire a high-end talent who could make the Red Wings' roster this October.

Dahlin will certainly be selected by the Red Wings if Detroit is fortunate enough to earn the first overall pick. How gifted is Dahlin? One NHL scout said Dahlin would not only be the Wings' best defenseman, he would be the team's best player - high praise for an 18-year-old.

But it's premature to get caught up in Dahlin fever. Every team that's in the lottery has visions of the young Swede patrolling their blue line. And remember, if the Wings do not win the lottery, they could still select a difference maker.

A puck-moving, offensive-minded defenseman and a pure goal-scoring forward top the Wings' wish list heading into the draft on June 23 and 24 in Dallas.


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