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The Detroit Red Wings Did Well In The NHL Draft

via Dimitri Filipovic of Sportsnet,

The biggest beneficiaries of teams going off the board and reaching for players early on were the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders.

The Red Wings arguably got the biggest steal of the draft in Filip Zadina, who was simply too skilled to pass up on at No. 6 despite the team presumably entering the draft expecting to come away with whichever defenceman out of the top ‘Non-Rasmus Dahlin’ tier fell to them. For whatever reason people started to overthink things with Zadina — after having him as the consensus third-highest ranked talent in the class for the majority of the season, draftniks began nitpicking various things about his game while elevating others as the pre-draft process dragged along.

He’s already on the record saying that he’s going to prove those people wrong, and it’s easy to believe him. Blessed with a skill set that not only translates to the next level, but should consistently make him a top flight scorer in a league that needs more of them, he’s positioned to do just that. With Zadina, and the combination of Joe Veleno and Jonatan Berggren falling past their draft slots, the Red Wings have a case for being the team that squeezed the most value out of the assets they had coming into the weekend.

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Looks Like The Wings Will Buyout Xavier Ouellet

added 11:22am, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are parting with Xavier Ouellet.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Ouellet is being placed on waivers to enable a buyout.

It has been clear for some time Ouellet, 24, no longer fit into the Wings’ plans. He played only 45 games in 2017-18, unable to gain a foothold and passed on the depth chart by Nick Jensen.

It’ll cost roughly $166,000 against the salary cap next season and $266,000 the following season. The benefit is it clears a roster spot. The Wings are banking that at least one prospect from a group that includes Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Libor Sulak and Joe Hicketts will push for a spot in Detroit out of training camp this autumn.


added 12:21pm, Cap hit breakdown is below.

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Who Is The Prospect?

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press provides the scouting report, you provide the name.

Scouting report: Smart, strong skater who can carry the puck and make a good outlet pass.

Scouting report: Very good skater, good size, good puck mover.

Scouting report: Underrated talents, hard worker.


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Reality Is Still Around

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings won a lot this weekend.

Some fans said it felt at least a little bit like the days, nearly a decade ago, when they could flip the channel or drive downtown to see the Wings dominating opponents.

The surprising results of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft invigorated many of the faithful. Again, the Red Wings outperformed most of the league.

But the impact on the roster only underlines how long it will take for their next deep run in the playoffs.

With the sustenance of the draft came harsh reinforcement of reality. The Wings are gathering momentum in a rebuilding process that will surely take at least a few years longer.


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Video- Tyler Wright After The Draft


added 5:05pm,

Hakan Andersson met with the media too, watch below....

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On The Second Day Of The NHL Draft

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today drafted eight players during the second day of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Red Wings began the day with two picks in the second round, selecting right wing Jonatan Berggren (33rd overall) and defenseman Jared McIsaac (36th overall) before selecting three times in the third round: defenseman Alec Regula (67th overall), defenseman Seth Barton (81st overall) and goaltender Jesper Eliasson (84th overall). With their fourth-round pick, and eighth pick within the top-100 of the draft, Detroit chose right wing Ryan O’Reilly (98th overall). The final two rounds of the draft saw Detroit select goaltender Victor Brattstrom (160th overall) and center Otto Kivenmaki (191st overall).

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Filip Zadina Will Get A Shot To Make The Wing

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Zadina, projected to go as high as third, is a high-end winger who will provide a much-needed scoring dimension. The team’s director of amateur scouting, Tyler Wright, was in disbelief at the Wings’ good fortune.

“Zadina at sixth for us was a little bit of a shock,” he said. “We need to score goals. We need offensive players. Our power play has got to get better. He’s a guy that has the ability to win hockey games because he’s got that offensive ability. He finds a way to score in different ways. His No. 1 attribute that we think that he can bring is high-end skill."

Whether he can help the Wings right away will become clearer at training camp, but Wright said Zadina will get “every opportunity” to do so. Perhaps he could be a fit with Henrik Zetterberg, similar to how the veteran center helped Dylan Larkin flourish in his rookie year. Perhaps Zadina could be a fit with Larkin, creating a high-flying, creative duo. The Wings need somebody who can win games, and that’s in Zadina’s skill set.


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Detroit Draft Picks Rounds 4-7





from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Detroit’s Three Picks In The 3rd Round




note: Regarding the next 4 rounds, I will recap those when the draft is over.


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Wings’ Two Selections Early In The 2nd Round Of The NHL Draft



added 11:41am, Video highlights of both players are below....

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