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Experts Review The Wings’ Summer

from Greg Levinsky of the Detroit Free Press,

In Steve Yzerman's first summer as general manager, the Detroit Red Wings surprised by drafting Moritz Seider sixth overall, then in free agency added Patrik Nemeth, Calvin Pickard and Valtteri Filppula.

Here's what experts have said about the moves:

Moritz Seider

What they're saying: "Steve Yzerman's first draft as Red Wings GM went relative well for a guy who was armed with double-digit picks at his disposal. Overall, he could have done better, but he also picked up a half-dozen quality prospects with legitimate potential for NHL success. Although his weekend began with his surprising selection of big-bodied puck mover Mortiz Seider at sixth overall, Yzerman went on to overdraft another physical presence in Finnish blueliner Antti Tuomisto (35th)." — Sporting News' Steve Kournianos

"Still, you can’t help but wonder: could the Red Wings have traded down in the draft and still gotten their guy in Seider? Sometimes, it’s not just about judging the quality of draft selections, but also “reading the room” and managing assets properly. At this very moment in time, the Red Wings opened themselves up to a ton of questions." — NBCSports' James O'Brien

Patrik Nemeth

What they're saying: "Patrik Nemeth is a nice addition to the blue line at two years and $3 million AAV." — ESPN's Greg Wyshynski

"The 27-year-old gives the Red Wings a big body (6-3, 219 pounds) who defends well and kills penalties. He is slated to play on the left side with a right-handed offensive defenseman, either Mike Green or Filip Hronek." — NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika

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Steeb's avatar

Still, you can’t help but wonder: could the Red Wings have traded down in the draft and still gotten their guy in Seider?

No, as Yzerman has addressed in more than one interview. He tried and couldn’t find any takers, and was pretty sure Edmonton was going to take Mo at 8. What’s the haul for trading back one spot to 7 with Buffalo (if they were even willing)? A 6th rounder?

Posted by Steeb on 07/16/19 at 10:03 AM ET

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Sometimes you just have to make the unconventional move. Yzerman saw Seider as the best pick for the Wings stuck to it. I refuse to judge him now for that pick. If he doesn’t pan out in a few years we can question it.

It’s also a tad harsh to compare the Fil signing to a Holland signing. Yes, Fil is past his prime but there is nothing to suggest he cannot be a player who contributes. With only a 2 year deal and a spot still open on the right wing he won’t be blocking youth either.

On defense I expect to see more shake out before the season starts. But Yzerman had to prepare for the possibility of continued health problems and the likelihood that someone like Cholo may be best starting in the AHL.

Pickard was kind of a no brainer. The best part about it is it gives the Wings the option of trading Howard if the right offer comes along.

Posted by evileye on 07/16/19 at 10:19 AM ET

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No, as Yzerman has addressed in more than one interview.

It’s amazing (in a bad way) that someone who writes for a paper based in Detroit couldn’t be bothered to spend a couple minutes looking into whether or not Yzerman has specifically addressed the idea of trading down.

I’m also pretty convinced that many (if not most) people complaining about Yzerman drafting for need are the same people who complained that Holland didn’t draft for need last year and instead took Zadina.

He tried and couldn’t find any takers, and was pretty sure Edmonton was going to take Mo at 8.

Also, there was a video last week of Ken Daniels (I think) saying that there were rumblings that Buffalo would’ve taken Seider at 7. I have no problem with Holland taking Seider at all.

It’s also a tad harsh to compare the Fil signing to a Holland signing.

I somewhat agree. Holland would definitely have been roasted for it, but that’s because he very likely would’ve given Filppula more money AND term than he got from Yzerman. Not to mention that Yzerman basically came out and said it’s a stopgap.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/16/19 at 10:34 AM ET

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