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On The Detroit Prospects

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers questions from the fans and once again you can figure out the question by her answer.

Michael Rasmussen, the ninth overall pick from 2017, is having a standout season in juniors (25 goals, 27 assists after 42 games). The Tri-City Americans’ regular season schedule runs through March 18, and they are in a fight to make the Western Hockey League playoffs. Once the Americans are out, Rasmussen will go to Grand Rapids.

The Wings’ 2016 first-round pick, defenseman Dennis Cholowski, is having a stellar season (14 goals, 50 assists in 64 games) and his Portland Winterhawks already have clinched a playoff berth. He, too, will go to the Griffins (provided they are in the playoffs) once his season ends.

Cholowski, 20, will play pro next season. Rasmussen, 18, has another year of junior eligibility. He will either have to make the Wings’ squad, or go back to juniors. He looked good during Wings training camp, and he’s expected to make a push next fall to stay with Detroit. Cholowski might not make the Wings out of camp, but I’d expect to see him in Detroit at some point next season.

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ilovehomers's avatar

The 2014 Boston championship team included Bruins draft picks Tyler Seguin (second overall, 2010)

...not your best work, HSJ.

In any case the other Boston players mentioned were 2nd and 3rd rounders. This just highlights the feeling that you don’t have to draft all the way at the top to build a winner….and that its not a great excuse for the Wings not drafting in the top 5 or 10. Then again, it’s one cup compared to 3 for Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/10/18 at 06:35 PM ET

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In any case the other Boston players mentioned were 2nd and 3rd rounders. This just highlights the feeling that you don’t have to draft all the way at the top to build a winner….and that its not a great excuse for the Wings not drafting in the top 5 or 10.

Absolutely right. Good teams have smart people in charge of scouting who can pick out talent. Having top 10 picks can’t hurt but it doesn’t guarantee you of anything either. There are good players to be had all through the first round and beyond. It’s not an exact science by any means but all of the above mentioned teams have plucked roster players from 2nd, 3rd and even 4th rounds who contribute. Tampa has done very well in this regard also.

Posted by godblender on 03/10/18 at 07:50 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Well, I mean, that BOS team had Chara.

Posted by Primis on 03/10/18 at 09:07 PM ET

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