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Reviewing Detroit’s 2014 Draft

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

This is the first in a series examining the Wings’ last five drafts leading up to the 2019 event June. 21-22 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Christoffer Eh​n
Drafted: 106th.

Scouting report: Fast and dependable with good hockey sense.

Draft year: 12 goals, 17 assists for 29 points in 62 games split among Frolunda’s Swedish Hockey League team and lower-level league squads.

Post draft: Made the Wings out of camp last fall on the strength of his skating and defensive accountability. Ehn, 23, showed over 60 games that he’s a reliable defender and penalty killer who has potential to grow his offensive game beyond the three goals, six assists he produced as a rookie.

Assessment: Has potential as a grinder.

Who the Wings could have drafted instead: Forward Victor Arvidsson, who Nashville drafted at 112th. He scored 34 goals in 58 games for the Predators in 2018-19.

Axel Holmstrom
Drafted: 196th.

Scouting report: Hard worker with good hockey sense.

Draft year: 15 goals, eight assists for 23 points in 33 games for Skelleftea’s junior team, and zero points in four games with Skelleftea iAIK (Swedish Hockey League).

Post draft: Had 12 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 131 games over the last two seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Signed a two-year contract with HV71 (Swedish Hockey League) in April and is no longer considered a prospect.

Assessment: A miss.

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Ugh. I had such high hopes for Axel. He’s so darn good in EA16.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 05/11/19 at 07:17 PM ET

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In other draft classs news…..Hronek is tearing it up.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=dy-q_EXsBPE

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 05/11/19 at 07:19 PM ET

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I don’t mind looking back an honestly accessing a draft class but I hate the revisionist history. “The Wings should have picked Brayden Point or Victor Arvidsson”. That same statement applies to just about all the other NHL teams.

It’s much more import to access how the Wings do with their picks (and there have been some blunders) rather regret who they and many others missed out on. However, I do think it is a worthwhile excercise for the scouting staff to see why the undervalued some of those players and whether or not they should change approach moving forward.

Posted by evileye on 05/13/19 at 11:26 AM ET

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