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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Forward Trevor Zegras (NTDP), forward Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge, WHL), forward Kirby Dach (Saskatoon, WHL), defenseman Bowen Byram (Vancouver, WHL), forward Matthew Boldy (NTDP), defenseman Victor Soderstrom (Sweden) and forward Alex Turcotte (NTDP) are available.

Holland said Monday, at the Red Wings’ locker cleanout, regardless of where the Wings wound up picking, there was a good chance of drafting a player who will help the Wings.

“Certainly, the focus is on the top end of the draft and getting a star, maybe a superstar player,” Holland said. “Hopefully we get lucky in the lottery and we get a high pick. But we’re going to add another good player and I’m excited.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An enticing, high-end prospect will still be available at sixth. The Wings may be able to stoke their defensive depth by drafting Bowen Byram, the highest-rated defenseman available in the draft. Byram (6-0, 193) had 26 goals among 71 points in 67 games with Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League this season. He’s a puck-moving workhorse who can play in any situation.

The Wings have had a lot of eyes on centers Dylan Cozens and Kirby Dach. Both could be gone by six, but last year the Wings didn’t expect Filip Zadina to be available to them at that slot. Cozens (6-3, 180) is a fast, physical, two-way forward who had 34 goals among 84 points in 68 games with Lethbridge in the WHL. Dach (6-4, 197) is a creative playmaker who produced 73 points in 62 games with Saskatoon (WHL).

While Hughes is the star of the Plymouth-based NTDP this season, there are other players from the squad who intrigue. Left wing Matthew Boldy (6-2, 192) scored 30 goals among 69 points in 55 games. The Milford native is a strong skater with a terrific shot and a high hockey IQ. Alex Turcotte (5-11, 185) is a two-way center with high-end speed who had 30 assists among 53 points in 30 games. 

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With the sixth pick in the draft the Detroit redwings select:

Left wing Matthew Boldy

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/09/19 at 10:31 PM ET

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Button thinks the Hawks pick Vasili Podkolzin - I doubt that - they need help now as their stars are ageing. they want help now. - He has signed a 2 yr deal with the KHL.There maybe a trade here or a different pick for a player that can step up this or next year not 2 yrs from now.

That means the wings might not get Byram as he might be taken already.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/10/19 at 01:30 AM ET

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Button thinks the Hawks pick Vasili Podkolzin - I doubt that - they need help now as their stars are ageing. they want help now. - He has signed a 2 yr deal with the KHL.There maybe a trade here or a different pick for a player that can step up this or next year not 2 yrs from now.

That means the wings might not get Byram as he might be taken already.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/10/19 at 01:30

My understanding was that only Hughes and Kakko are truly “NHL Ready”, and they’re likely getting neither in CHI.  So, I don’t know.  If I were CHI, I’d be ooooopen for business with that pick and wanting a very good player that can help right now in return before Kane and Toews start their decline.

That said, I think CHI’s decline is here to stay.


In an ideal world I guess yeah, Byram falls to DET and DET gets what it wanted/needs anyways.  If Byram’s not there though, I don’t know if you try another d-man, grab a forward, or just trade down even.  People will *hate* it, but there’s a case to be made for trading down here because the second tier of prospects below the Top 2 seems to run down to say #15 or thereabouts.

I know people are upset about falling yet again, but… DET’s not in a bad position still.  And as I said in the other thread, do you know how much it will GALL the other teams if DET can successfully do this rebuild without having had a pick better than 6th overall?  It’ll fly in the face of everything teams like PIT and CHI have done, at a time when PIT and CHI both are then now starting to look at rebuilds yet again already.

If you look at DET’s core and pool right now, they’re all guys that were taken halfway through 1st or later.  DET’s scouts really are doing work, good work.  Athanasiou was a 4th rounder (as was Ehn).  Filip Larsson was a 6th and while he might not be an elite NHL starting goalie, he’s sure showing signs of being more than a late pick like that.

Would we have liked Hughes?  Well, yeah.  But McDavid can’t carry EDM himself, Eichel has been good but not a world-beater in BUF There are more ways than one to build, and picking a bunch in the Top 3 doesn’t necessarily do it.  If anything it takes the pressure off teams to do better drafting later and they miss out on guys.

Posted by Primis on 04/10/19 at 07:47 AM ET

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I agree that if we can’t trade up- then trade down- possibly get a decent prospect and possibly try to add someone like knight extra- depending on what it cost

Posted by SevensForTed on 04/10/19 at 08:39 AM ET

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do you know how much it will GALL the other teams if DET can successfully do this rebuild without having had a pick better than 6th overall?  It’ll fly in the face of everything teams like PIT and CHI have done, at a time when PIT and CHI both are then now starting to look at rebuilds yet again already.

Posted by Primis on 04/10/19 at 07:47 AM ET

If that happened, even the HHHT Faithfu would have to tip their hat to Kenneth Mark Holland. I believe the Red Wings are the only team in recent history to win a cup without a top 5 pick playing (there might be one other outlier). If Holland were able to pull that off, even if he exits before it happens, he would have still built the base for it to happen, and that would be impressive.

All that said, I don’t see it happening.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 04/10/19 at 08:43 AM ET

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The Red Wings core group is lacking a true superstar, Larkin is close, but they need a true superstar that is what will really put their rebuild in over drive.  They have good young players but it’s not enough for them to compete for the Cup year after year.

Posted by bababooey on 04/10/19 at 08:55 AM ET

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do you know how much it will GALL the other teams if DET can successfully do this rebuild without having had a pick better than 6th overall?

Not even a teeny, tiny little bit.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/10/19 at 09:40 AM ET

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I believe the Red Wings are the only team in recent history to win a cup without a top 5 pick playing
Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/10/19 at 08:43 AM ET

That’s not actually true, Wings had #3 pick Brad Stuart in 2008

Posted by EthrDemon on 04/10/19 at 12:09 PM ET

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That’s not actually true, Wings had #3 pick Brad Stuart in 2008

Stop it, you’re destroying the illusion that Detroit won the Cup with 20 players who were all the final pick in their respective draft!

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/10/19 at 12:33 PM ET

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