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Draft Recap And UFA Time Soon

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Right now, maybe some of the Red Wings’ 11 draft picks might be viewed as a bit of a reach, maybe bit of gambles. But you get the sense that if any of them reach their potential, the Wings might have hit the jackpot.

“That’s our job really,” said Tyler Wright, the Wings’ director of amateur scouting. “It’s not to pick the best player today, but who is going to be the best player at age 21, 22, and 23 foremost.

“Some of these kids might not play and that’s just the nature of the beast we deal with. But at the end of the day, we’re trying to build something with what can they bring to the table that can excite us. We’re happy with the draft. We didn’t put an emphasis on saying we’re going to continue to take defensemen or take wingers.

"We got good size, we got good people who can skate and are real competitive kids.”

The Wings took five defensemen, five forwards and a goaltender — they obtained an extra seventh-round pick from Buffalo late in the day — and came away with several players who are generally considered to have large, untapped upsides.

“The only emphasis was trying to do our homework and make sure we knew all these kids well and pick the best possible prospects we could,” general manager Steve Yzerman said. “We’re drafting kids who we hope have a lot of upside.

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Below, Ansar Khan and Helene St. James with more on the Wings.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Steve Yzerman wasn’t focused on position, nationality or size in his first draft as Detroit Red Wings general manager, but the collection of picks is highlighted by defensemen, Europeans and big bodies.

After taking German defenseman Moritz Seider sixth overall on Friday, the Red Wings selected 10 more players Saturday during the final six rounds at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

In all, this draft class features five defensemen, seven Europeans and six players 6-1 or taller. This is the first-ever draft the Red Wings did not select a player from the Canadian major junior ranks (CHL).

“The only emphasis was on trying to do our homework, make sure we knew all these kids well and pick the best possible prospects we could,” Yzerman told media at the draft. “As far as position or whatever, it just kind of plays out how it plays out from pick to pick.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

NHL teams can begin reaching out to free agents Sunday, getting a head start on the signing period that begins July 1. Yzerman repeatedly has said he isn’t going to make a big signing just for the sake of making a splash in his first offseason as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, but naturally he’ll do due diligence.

“I”m going to make some calls and see,” he said. “There are players we’re interested in. I’ll get a feel for, one, if they have any interest in coming to Detroit, and then what the parameters are of what they’re looking for.”...

The Wings are not likely to be a playoff team next season, but they do have roster spots available up front and on defense.

“Before doing it through trade I would look at free agency to fill those roster spots,” Yzerman said. “We also do want to have some opportunity for our younger players to fill those spots, but we will look at free agency. But the player has to fit what we’re trying to do. The value of the contract has to fit.”

One free agent who has earned the right to make his own call is defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Kronwall, 38, led the team with 79 games played last season. If he wants to take all summer to decide whether to retire or return — he’s 47 games shy of 1,000 and has said reaching that milestone is meaningful — Yzerman will wait.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Steve Yzerman made 11 picks in his first assignment since taking over the Detroit Red Wings.

He was bold, choosing a German defenseman with his first pick. He determinedly chose the best players he and his staff deemed available, adding five defensemen, five forwards and one goaltender to the organizational depth chart in the NHL draft at Rogers Arena. There’s skill and size spread among the picks, but there also was an emphasis on inner drive, Hakan Andersson, the Wings’ chief European scout, revealed.

“Yzerman has been pretty strict,” Andersson said after the two-day draft concluded on Saturday. “He wants competitive players, too. There are no dogs. Like sometimes you draft a guy with high talent, Dick Axelsson is one example, but they don’t compete. But these guys all work for it.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/23/19 at 06:44 AM ET

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“Yzerman has been pretty strict,” Andersson said after the two-day draft concluded on Saturday. “He wants competitive players, too. There are no dogs. Like sometimes you draft a guy with high talent, Dick Axelsson is one example, but they don’t compete. But these guys all work for it.”

It’s no longer Holland’s team.  I like this direction.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/23/19 at 06:00 PM ET

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Since when is having a strong “compete” a different direction from Holland?

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/23/19 at 06:03 PM ET

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I mean, wasnt the clamoring here for high talent, because people got tired of seeing middle-bottom guys that try hard but couldn’t play higher roles?

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/23/19 at 06:09 PM ET

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Homer, it’s different because it came from Stevie’s mouth and not Kenny’s. Stevie taps the wheels with his foot, Kenny kicks some tires.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 06/23/19 at 06:15 PM ET

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Since when is having a strong “compete” a different direction from Holland?/quote]

I don’t know, but maybe ask the scout who felt the need to say it. If it wasn’t a difference from the past then he probably would not have felt the need to say it, right?

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I mean, Andersson points to one pick that was a talented player who didn’t always compete, and we also all remember Johan Franzen who was a talented player who didn’t always compete, and maybe we might look at a couple current guys like Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou who are talented players who don’t always compete.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/24/19 at 08:26 AM ET

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