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Ken Holland On Stability And Drafting

Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic ($$$) did an interview with Ken Holland and a few takes on the Wings came into the conversation...

I’m a big believer in stability. That’s one of the things we had in Detroit. The last three years we missed the playoffs, but I’d like to think that the team this year was competitive. It wasn’t quite good enough. It wasn’t quite deep enough. It got decimated by injuries in the middle of the season. But you’ve gotta be steady on the rudder and you can’t be reacting to the pressures of the short term....

We traded back a few times. The one year with Mantha (2013) we traded from 18 to 20 and got an extra second. We used that pick on (Tyler) Bertuzzi. We traded from 16 to 20 with Arizona (in 2016) in the (Pavel) Datsyuk deal. They took Datsyuk off our hands. They got (Jakob) Chychrun; we got (Dennis) Cholowski. We used the second-round pick on (Filip) Hronek. I think one year we had a first and traded back for three seconds. None of the seconds have really panned out, but it was a strategy. It was a three-, four-, five-year strategy.

You can’t hit every time. But Hronek and Bertuzzi are gonna be two players that I think are gonna play for the Red Wings for 10 years. They’re both really good players and great picks by our scouting staff.

If you wanna draft good, get lots of picks.

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So, what I’m hearing is that Yzerman should offer him Detroit’s three second rounders for Edmonton’s #8 overall.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/10/19 at 09:51 PM ET

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