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Detroit Has Options At The #6 Spot Of The NHL Draft

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings hold the sixth overall pick in the June 21-22 event in Vancouver, British Columbia. I wrote about the benefit of drafting Cole Caufield at the NHL combine, and in the first mock draft, the Wings selected center Dylan Cozens.

In this edition, I have the Wings selecting center Trevor Zegras, a product of the U.S. National Team Development Program based out of Plymouth. He came in at sixth on the NHL Central Scouting final draft prospect rankings.

Zegras is 6-feet, 173 pounds and shoots left. He posted 26 goals and 61 assists in 60 games with the U18 team last season. Zegras draws comparisons to Chicago’s Patrick Kane, and models his game after Arizona’s Clayton Keller (Zegras has 100 career assists in 116 games split between the U18 and U17 NTDP teams; Keller had 118 in his NTDP career). 

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Below, Ansar Khan of Mlive on prospect Alex Turcotte,

(Another in a series looking at potential selections for the Detroit Red Wings with the No. 6 pick in the June 21 draft)

Alex Turcotte

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 5-11/186

Shoots: Left

2018-19 team: U.S. National Team Development Program Under 18

2018-19 stats: 37 games, 27 goals, 35 assists, 62 points, 22 penalty minutes.

Why Red Wings would be interested: While defense is the main area that needs to be bolstered in their system, they also could use more depth at center. Turcotte combines skills with a high compete level and makes players around him better.

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RWBill's avatar

I have no opinion on any of these top 10 guys, I think we’ll get a player with good NHL potential.  Yzerman does like the unique scoring ability of Cole Caufield, but no idea who he’ll select.

Posted by RWBill on 06/10/19 at 01:47 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I had heard that Podkolzin had dropped in the draft rankings but it seems that he is still pretty high , TSN McKenzie caught my eye.  I am not a draft analyst but I do hope the Wings get a Russian, Finn in the future

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/512832/vasili-podkolzin
Ranked #7 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
Ranked #4 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #6 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #11 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #2 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #3 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #3 by TSN/McKenzie

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/10/19 at 01:53 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I think the problem with Podkolzin is that he has 2 years left on a KHL contract, and a draft team might play hell getting him to NA.  At the very least, teams are still gunshy about that type of situation.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/10/19 at 02:20 PM ET

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