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Mock Draft In Ted Kulfan’s Eyes

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There’s still plenty of time for trades (and there will likely be many of them), and teams might prefer someone else as they get closer to Oct. 6.

But this is how The Detroit News sees the first round unfolding in our mock draft 1.0.

2. Los Angeles Kings: Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL). Byfield joins a deep Kings’ prospect pool and could someday replace Kings’ star center Anze Kopitar.

3. Ottawa Senators: Tim Stutzle, LW, Mannheim (Germany). Stutzle could arguably be ready for the NHL quicker, and some scouts like him better than Byfield.

4. Detroit Red Wings: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL). The Wings need help everywhere — literally every position. With a puck-moving defenseman so important these days, Drysdale can’t be passed on.

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Ive seen drysdale as low as 8 or 9 on a lot of lists lately.  Sanderson seems to have overtaken him on many lists.  Im still pretty high on Rossi if we pick a center though.  Fwiw i think we will.  I think theyll take Perfetti but I like Rossi.  He plays a Detroit style.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/23/20 at 02:48 PM ET

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In other news, Michael Rasmussen headed to the Graz 99ers (Austria) on loan.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/23/20 at 05:20 PM ET

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We need help down the middle pretty badly, too.  Really filling any position is a smart move at this point.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 09/23/20 at 05:39 PM ET

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Drysdale should be selected by Steve Yzerman, but in saying that he won’t be.  LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 09/23/20 at 05:52 PM ET

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Have you seen the available defensemen for next year?  It’s a deep class and the Wings should get a cornerstone defenseman next year, go forward this year

Posted by bababooey on 09/23/20 at 05:56 PM ET

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I see it is deep, but as I said previously Bettman will work his magic against the Red Wings. Again.  angry

Posted by bigfrog on 09/23/20 at 06:11 PM ET

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Definitely need some help in the General Managers office. Someone with size 13 feet to start a butt kicking contest…..

Tick Tock Stevie….

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, waiting for YzerMan Plan...... on 09/23/20 at 11:20 PM ET

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This draft will be the biggest roll of the dice for reasons like the NHL Scouting Combine,  IIHF U18 World Championship, and the OHL, the Q, the WHL ( Memorial Cup) playoffs, and the NCAA frozen four tourney all being canceled.

I dread the fact the Wings might not have been able to see enough of a player and simply go with someone they know locally like Perfetti. I hope it’s either Drysdale or Rossi…but Lucas Raymond deserves a 2nd look based on his play in the SEL’s preseason and first few games.

I doubt Drysdale is falling below Sanderson. It’s probably more a case of a guy playing around with rankings before his final #‘s are set to generate hits/noise. Places I trust have Drysdale ahead of him (TSN/Bob McKenzie, eliteprospects.com, future considerations, NHL Central Scouting, isshockey.com, TSN/Craig Button, draftsite.com, mynhldraft.com)....the only list I’ve ever seen is McKeen’s and they are rated 5th and 6th.

The only reason why you should pass on Drysdale is that next year’s draft is loaded with potential top pair d-men in the top 15

Brandt Clarke D Barrie Colts                 OHL
Owen Power D University of Michigan NCAA
Carson Lambos D   Winnipeg Ice                 WHL
Simon Edvinsson D   Frolunda HC                 SHL
Luke Hughes     D   USNTDP                     USHL

but if you go D this year Aatu Raty a center, Dylan Guenther RW, Kent Johnson C, Chaz Lucius C, and Fabian Lysell a LW would be comparable to what is available this draft anyways and d-men take longer to develop (selecting them in later drafts puts the rebuild that extra year behind).

And it’s not his puck-moving ability that sets Drysdale apart (even though that is really good)...it’s his speed. Best case senario is that some team with 6-8 wants to move up to get him. Get that extra asset and move down then use that asset to move back up with some of those extra 2nds.

Posted by d ca on 09/23/20 at 11:44 PM ET

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Have you seen the available defensemen for next year?  It’s a deep class and the Wings should get a cornerstone defenseman next year, go forward this year

Posted by bababooey on 09/23/20 at 05:56 PM ET

Hate to break it to you, but if you’re looking honestly at DET’s current defense and then their defensive prospects… DET could very much use D this year *and* then D next year as well.  It’s pretty bad.  And who knows, by next season before the draft people might not be high on a chunk of those 2021 defensemen people keep talking about and DET could be in a position to not get one.  Get one NOW, and if there’s one next year get one there too, but don’t just wait and hope…l that’s foolish.

That anyone is still considering forward when there are no sure-thing forwards to be available confounds me.  I don’t mind them swinging for the fences w/ a Zadina pick, but you can’t do that very often then…

That said if it gets to DET’s pick and Drysdale is off the table already, then yeah, swing for the fences again, there’s very little to lose at that point.

Posted by Primis on 09/24/20 at 09:41 AM ET

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That said if it gets to DET’s pick and Drysdale is off the table already, then yeah, swing for the fences again, there’s very little to lose at that point.

If Drysdale is off the table that means Byfield or Stutzle is still available. No swing for the fences just take the one the top 3 mysteriously overlooked.

Posted by evileye on 09/24/20 at 03:47 PM ET

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