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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answered a few questions from fans.

One question submitted was If four rookie dmen make the team...

Her response,

I’d be gobsmacked if four rookie defensemen make the Red Wings this fall. Maybe if they take a defenseman with their first pick at the draft later this month in Dallas and that somebody can step in right away. Dennis Cholowski, their first-round pick from 2016, will be starting his pro career, and Filip Hronek had a very good first year of pro hockey with the Griffins. Libor Sulak looked good in a shutdown role at the World Championship. Maybe at most two of those push for an NHL job right away, but it seems unlikely. 

Among the veterans, I’d expect the opening night lineup to include Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson. Xavier Ouellet doesn’t fit into their plans any longer, so I’d expect him either to be in a package deal, or maybe be exposed on waivers. Nick Jensen is a good third-pairing/reserve guy. Mike Green could be back — it’ll depend on what he’s looking for financially. If he could be had for two years at $4-$4.5 million per, I could see a deal materializing. Without him, there’s very little offense from the back end. 

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Craig Custance of The Athletic,

“We really believe as an organization that this draft is deep in the Top 50,” Wright told The Athletic on Wednesday. “It’s not going to surprise anybody that someone who goes 28, 29, 30 might be better than someone who goes at 10 or 12.”

And the Red Wings have three picks right in that range.

That gives them all kinds of flexibility. Wright said that how things play out at No. 6 will end up impacting what the team does later in the draft. There’s certainly expectation outside of Detroit that the Red Wings are going to be aggressive in moving up because of their arsenal of picks.

These are decisions that may not be made until everyone is on the draft floor in Dallas, but the meat of the Red Wings draft can go in any number of directions once the first round starts to get outside the top 10.

“There’s going to be lots of good options there,” said an NHL amateur scout outside the Red Wings organization of Detroit’s second set of picks. “It gives them a chance where you can move those picks and move up. … As far as caliber of talent, it’s a good draft. No question. If you look around and see the players there, it’s certainly deep enough. They have four in the Top 50. That gives you a chance to make a splash.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/07/18 at 02:53 PM ET

Chet's avatar

if they re sign green they are complete idiots and that’s nothing against green.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/08/18 at 04:22 AM ET

Colin's avatar

Green could be back — it’ll depend on what he’s looking for financially. If he could be had for two years at $4-$4.5 million per, I could see a deal materializing. Without him, there’s very little offense from the back end. 

Unless, of course, you have a rookie come up and contribute like Hronek, Cholo, or Hicketts. Or Bouchard, if we draft him.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 06/08/18 at 08:53 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

two years at $4-$4.5 million would be fine with me for Green, without a NTC in the final year. We probably need another year of a bridge, Jensen is not progressing more than what he is, not ready to give up, but not ready to commit big ice time either, Kronwall retire next year, ERicson and Daley tradeable next year and after.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 06/08/18 at 11:47 AM ET


Yeah without green we’ve got 0 transition.

I’d be happy to have him back, especially if we’ve got younger Fs coming up.  It’ll take effort off forwards on the transition.  Help them be more productive which can only help their confidence.

Look at Luke Rockhold in MMA to see how important confidence and knowing you can win is,  expecting to win is.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/08/18 at 12:04 PM ET


Green, should have been unloaded, while his offense is real good, his defense is a liability. We bench forwards for poor defense and reward defensemen for good offense and poor defense. Green would need to take 4mil or less or I wouldn’t sign him.

Posted by stateofmifan on 06/08/18 at 08:56 PM ET

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