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Questions Before The Draft

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are some lingering questions about what the Red Wings might do with their highest pick since 1990:

Q. What are the chances that Byfield or Stuetzle is available at No. 4?

A. It would be a major surprise, much more so than in 2018 when Filip Zadina unexpectedly dropped to No. 6 for Detroit.

The Los Angeles Kings, selecting second, could have Byfield, who has been likened to Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Byfield (6-4, 215) is a two-way center with soft hands and good vision, able to play with power or finesse. He tallied 32 goals and 82 points in 45 OHL games this past season.

Or the Kings could take Stuetzle. At 6-foot, 187, he is described as possibly the fastest skater in the draft, someone who makes plays at top speed and is more of a facilitator than a shooter at this stage of his career.

The Ottawa Senators, who select third (a pick obtained from San Jose) and fifth, seem certain to select whoever is available between Byfield and Stuetzle.

If either falls through the cracks, the Red Wings surely would take that player.

Q. Will the Red Wings draft for a position to take best player available?

A. They are apt to select the best player on their board, whether it is a center, winger or defenseman. They need everything -- scoring, help on defense and a franchise goaltender. They are more likely to draft for a specific position in the second (they have three picks) or third (they have two picks) rounds.

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Lucce's avatar

I think the draft should fill the biggest hole, a competent center. Someone who already has played against men and not boys.

I would suggest the Finnish center Anton Lundell. I would draft him at number 4. He already plays PP and PK against men and is a +11 in 44 games.

Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 07/21/20 at 01:27 AM ET

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They need a center badly, but also need a dynamic top-pairing D.

Lundell seems like a reliable pick, but what is his highest end potential?
If it’s a good third line center at the NHL level or even a middling second line center,
4th might be too high.

If the Wings can trade down and perhaps leverage their #4 second round picks into
two mid-1st picks (dream scenario Lundell and Askarov - doubt we have the assets for that) it might make sense to pick him.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/21/20 at 09:45 AM ET

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#4 first round pick, and second round picks

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/21/20 at 09:46 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Take the best player with a top 5 pick regardless of position, we didn’t luck into this pick.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/22/20 at 09:09 AM ET

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