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The Detroit Red Wings Would Like To Move Up In The NHL Draft

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have the sixth pick in the June 22 draft, their highest selection since 1990.

But it might not be high enough to suit them. A couple of the players they covet, right wing Filip Zadina and defenseman Evan Bouchard, might be off the board.

That's why the Red Wings are trying to move up the draft, to as high as No. 3, a league source said.

Many expect Zadina to be selected third by Montreal, behind Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo) and Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina).

The Czech-born Zadina is a dynamic scorer with speed and a quick release. He had no difficulty adjusting to the smaller rink and North American style during his first season with Halifax (QMJHL), collecting 44 goals and 82 points in 57 games.

Predicting where Bouchard will go is more difficult, but he surely would be enticing to Ottawa (No. 4), which likely will trade franchise defenseman Erik Karlsson in the off-season because he's not expected to sign a long-term deal with the Senators.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jesperi Kotkaniemi happily accepted the Detroit Red WIngs’ invitation to dinner: It afforded an opportunity to impress and satisfy his hunger.

Kotkaniemi — who ordered steak — was among approximately 20 players the Wings took out to get to know beyond the 20-minute interview that’s standard during the NHL combine. Others included Evan Bouchard, Noah Dobson, Quinn Hughes, Adam Boqvist and Oliver Wahlstrom, all of whom could be selected by the Wings when they make their first choice at sixth overall in the 2018 entry draft.

Bouchard, Dobson, Hughes and Boqvist are defensemen, an area the Wings need to address, while Kotkaniemi is projected to be the first center to be drafted.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/02/18 at 03:51 PM ET

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I don’t want to be a negative Nancy here, but what is frustrating to me about the desire to move up in the draft is if they simply tanked by altering the ice time, or roster (yes I know call ups are limited) like a lot of fans wanted the odds are (or better) that we would already have a top 3 pick in the draft, and we wouldn’t need to trade any picks or other assets to draft in the top 3.

10 years from now is Larkin really going to look back on 5 “extra” wins from this season and think to himself “yep I’m a better player and human because of those games” probably not, and those meaningless wins could end up costing the wings draft position, talent, and time in terms of rebuilding.

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 06/02/18 at 08:02 PM ET

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They are a bit two steps forward two steps back.

Clear Pavs cap space to be able to fleece another team that needs cap relief…. then fill the cap space.

Coulda woulda shoulda.

We definitely need a franchise D man.  I’m not sold on Larkin anchoring the top line either.  Hes got a bit of Brenden Smith in him on the ice.  Tries to do too much. 

Im just along for the ride at this point.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/03/18 at 06:29 AM ET

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The only player I want us moving up for is Evan Bouchard:

Bouchard Athletic Profile

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 06/04/18 at 12:10 PM ET

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