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Time For The Question Of The Day

Who will the Wings draft tonight?

As of this post they have two picks in the first round, the #6 selection and also the 30th.

The question again is who will they draft and if you want to also include who they should draft, that is fine with me.

Below, Bob McKenzie's Top 31 Final Prospect Ranking if you need help.

You can find Bob's Top 93 here.

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Ken Holland Thinking About The Future As The Draft Approaches

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

“We’re ready to go at pick six. We’ve heard lots of different things happening in front of us,” Holland told The Athletic. “I’ve talked to some teams, teams call (and) want to know if you’ll trade the pick. We’re ready for anything.”

He stressed, again, that any conversations he’s having now would be about building for the future. He wants a competitive team to open training camp, in large part to have a healthy environment to develop young players. But he also said he won’t be moving any future assets to bolster his roster.

What he didn’t rule out is a trade that would bring back a young player who could help now and help in the future, someone in the 23-to-25-year-old range.

“Yeah, that’s a good range. I think if you’re under 25,” Holland said. “It’s about the future, any trade talks I might be involved in.”

more (paid subscription) and the Wings are still talking with Green...

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Dan Bylsma Is Now An Assistant Coach For The Detroit Red Wings

At this point, the link to the story is not working.

 

 

added 11:12am, Press release is below.

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Wings Need To Draft The Best Available Player

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings will not secure their future in the 2018 NHL Draft. They have much more rebuilding to accomplish.

They may not select a defenseman that will hasten reconstruction the roster.

And, whether the Wings accomplish a goal they should consider primary, drafting more effectively than they have in some recent years, is unlikely to be known for a few seasons.

If that seems a disappointing outlook for draft day, it is not.

Rather, it suggests an ambitious goal, for the Red Wings.

With a lot of draft picks, including the No. 6 selection in the first round Friday, amid considerable concern about the immediate and long-term future of the franchise, the false hope of imminent salvation is seductive.

The draft, after all, is usually gratification delayed.

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Your Detroit Red Wings 2018-19 Schedule

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released their schedule for the 2018-19 season and the team’s 93rd overall in the National Hockey League. The Red Wings will open the campaign at home on Thursday, Oct. 4 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Little Caesars Arena will host 19 weekend home games (seven Fridays, six Saturdays and six Sundays), spanning through the regular-season finale at home on Saturday, April 6 against the Buffalo Sabres.

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Video- Preparing For The Draft

A 15 1/2 minute video.

via Detroit's YouTube page,

Hear from the Red Wings front office, Ken Holland, Kris Draper, Tyler Wright, Jeff Finley, and Hakan Andersson, as they prepare for the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, Texas.

 

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Pressure On The Wings To Make The ‘Wright’ Pick

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The pressure is there, and Tyler Wright and his scouting staff embrace it.

Friday’s NHL Entry Draft is, arguably, one of the most important in the Red Wings’ history, with the team having missed the last two playoffs and a lot of aging stars on the roster — but with 11 picks in this weekend’s draft, including two first-round picks.

So, in large part, Wright — the Red Wings’ director of amateur scouting — and his scouts have to deliver.

He knows it.

“We have this challenge in front of us, and we don’t have any room for error,” Wright said. “I’ve challenged our (scouts) all year. As we sit down Friday night (for Round 1), it’s an exciting time. It starts through us, then we hand them off to player development. The sooner that we get these guys along, and into the program, the better off we’ll be.”

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Wants And Needs

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has been adamant that he expects two to five prospects to make Detroit's opening night roster when the Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 4, regardless of what the club does in free agency or moves they may make with players currently on the team.

Holland wants Detroit to be a younger, faster and more aggressive team that will be difficult to play against.

One of the only certainties about this offseason is the Wings will sign a backup goalie in free agency since they have only two under contract in the organization - starter Jimmy Howard and Slovakian Patrik Rybar, who's slated to be the Grand Rapids Griffins starter this upcoming season.

Heading into this weekend's draft, the consensus among the Wings brass is they need to increase their offensive output. It's Detroit top priority.

This year's draft is considered to be one of the deepest in recent memory with a number of defensemen that are gifted with an array of offensive skills, a pressing need for the Wings.

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Quinn Hughes Or Someone Else?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Why Red Wings would be interested: They need to upgrade their skill level on defense and Hughes is a tremendous skater and puck-mover.

NHL Central Scouting says: "A smooth-skating mobile defenseman who carries the puck very well and can transition from defense to offense with his feet or by making a pass. He reads the play very well and uses good positioning and the use of his angles to defend. Projects to be a top-four defenseman in today's game because of his skating and puck skills."

Red Line Report says: "Has both a good and bad side to his nature. Undersized D-man is an elite skater with a high-end offensive skill set. Explodes to speed in just a couple of powerful, effortless strides and has superb balance to allow instantaneous changes of direction. Skates the puck out of his own end and makes dangerous dashes up the ice, regularly leading the rush. Finds teammates through traffic with creative passes. On the downside, he also gets caught up ice, or out of position in own end, fairly frequently. Strong for his size and uses low center of gravity to roll off checks and maintain puck possession. Keeps his head up, advancing pucks with smart outlets. Aggressive offensive mindset -- always attacking and looking to energize the transition game. Active stick but relies too much on the poke-check and doesn't take the right angles to keep forwards to the outside. Has trouble matching up against bigger, stronger opponents, but has the hockey sense to learn."

Summary: Mock drafts are divided on Hughes. He's projected to go anywhere from No. 4 to No. 9 by many accounts. If he's available to the Red Wings, they must decide whether to take a bigger defenseman like Evan Bouchard or Noah Dobson (if either is available) or add another smaller defenseman to their system.

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Ted Kulfan Says Evan Bouchard To The Wings In A Mock Draft

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

6. Detroit Red Wings: Evan Bouchard, D, London (OHL). The Wings need someone like this – a defenseman with size, ability at both ends of the ice, and character. But if Hughes is still here, it's going to be a difficult choice.

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