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Day 2 Picks Of The NHL Draft By The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News (Kulfan is adding to this as picks come in)...

The Red Wings went with another defenseman with their first pick Saturday.

In Round 2 of the NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings selected Antti Tuomisto, a 6-foot-4, 194-pound defenseman.

Like Moritz Seider, Friday’s surprise first-round selection, Tuomisto is a bit of reach by some scouting services’ opinions.

Tuomisto was ranked No. 15 by NHL Central Scouting’s European skaters, and 86th overall by Eliteprospects.com.

Tuomisto is said to have a hard, accurate shot and can make a good, accurate first pass out of his zone.

With their second pick in the second round, 54th overall, the Wings took center Robert Mastrosimone. A 5-10, 170-pound forward who can also play left wing, Mastrosimone had 60 points (31 goals) in 54 games with Chicago in the United States Hockey League.

Mastrosimone doesn’t have explosive speed, but has an exceptional wrist shot and is a fine stickhandler.

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Again Stevie wants Big Strong puck moving DMen. NEED for DMan and Big Strong Puck moving DMen are not in the system b4 this draft.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/22/19 at 05:31 PM ET

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings’ site,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman stayed focused on the blue line to open the second day of the draft.

With the 35th pick, the Wings selected big defenseman Antti Tuomisto of Assat Pori, which is the same team that Otto Kivenmaki, last year’s seventh-round pick, plays for in Finland.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, he joins first-round pick Moritz Seider as big defensemen in the Wings prospect pool.

Red Line Report said of Tuomisto: “Big blue-liner was never on anyone’s radar coming into season, but every time we saw him he just kept getting better and became a real RLR favourite.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/22/19 at 05:33 PM ET

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Ted Kulfan tweet,

Yzerman mentioned Niklas Kronwall will take the summer to make a decision regarding his return next season or retiring

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/22/19 at 06:03 PM ET

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Also from Kulfan,

Steve Yzerman said he would make phone calls beginning tomorrow in UFA window period, but interest has to be mutual on July 1

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/22/19 at 06:04 PM ET

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Again Stevie wants Big Strong puck moving DMen. NEED for DMan and Big Strong Puck moving DMen are not in the system b4 this draft.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/22/19 at 05:31 PM ET

Oliwer Kaski is 6’3” 187 lbs. “Offensive defenseman with great size…..Needs to work on his defensive game and avoid unnecessary risks. A late-bloomer.”

Alec Regula is 6’4” 207 “Two-way top four defender”

Gustav Lindström is 6’2” 187 “Reliable top-four defender that competes hard and can effectively get the puck out of the defensive zone.”

Jared McIsaac is 6’1” 191 “All-around defender with top-pair upside.”

So there’s 3x 2nd pairing guys that are above 6’ that can move the puck (but more like 4 as Hronek > McIsaac for that top pairing) . Then you got a 3rd pairing guy like
Madison Bowey is 6’1” 194 and “Solid two-way defenseman.”

There’s the normal/undersized guys (that seem like top paring)
Hronek (6’0” 170 Potential to be a top-four NHL defender who excels on the power play.)

Cholowski (6’ 194” Reliable two-way top pairing defenseman that can effectively play in all situations.)

So that’s 7 d-men that I expect to play in the NHL. And that’s discounting Joe Hicketts and Vili Saarijarvi. And ignoring DDK (6’3” 192 lbs) who has 3 years left and is 29 who should be moving down to the 2nd pairing soon.

All of this illustrates my point about picking for a specific need being great for a team that has been qualifying for the playoffs and is seeking to maintain it—one that has the other resources in place so they can focus on a specific area—-but Detroit is not in that position and is much further behind in their rebuild.

The Wings have needs everywhere. And instead of picking a Tier 2 guy they went into Tier 3 for a guy that projects to be a 2nd pairing (when they already have 4 guys that project to that same pairing). They should have traded down. And if Yzerman wanted a Tier 3 player—-there was a goalie available if the trade down for Seider didn’t work out because of Holland.

Detroit’s 2019 Picks aren’t even their top defensive prospects All of them are rated top 4 upside—not top pairing potential.

Posted by d ca on 06/22/19 at 09:41 PM ET

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