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Options For The Detroit Red Wings with The #4 Pick

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The list of players they might take includes centers Cole Perfetti of Saginaw (OHL) and Marco Rossi of Ottawa (OHL), Swedish wingers Lucas Raymond (Frolunda) and Alexander Holtz (Djurgardens) and defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Erie (OHL)....

The Red Wings need scoring and they need help on the blue line. They also need a goaltender of the future and Yaroslav Askarov of St. Petersburg (Russia) is sure to be available at No. 4. But it seems unlikely the Red Wings would take a goalie that high.

Here is a look at some post-draft lottery projections on who the Red Wings will select at No. 4:

Sportsnet: Cole Perfetti, C-LW, Saginaw (OHL)

Sam Cosentino writes: “There are countless ties between Detroit and Perfetti. Most importantly, Perfetti spent the season a short drive away from the Motor City, allowing everyone in the organization to get multiple looks as well as get up close and personal to know him away from the rink. He’s equally as impressive a young man as he is a player. For Perfetti, his hockey IQ may be the best in this draft class. His awareness is uncanny. Anticipating a play in neutral ice or jumping the play to earn a breakaway is not uncommon.”

TSN: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL)

Craig Button says: “It changes significantly from 1 to 4, but it doesn’t with respect to Jamie Drysdale, a No. 1 elite, complete, right-shot defenseman. You can build a winner with Jamie Drysdale on your blue line.”


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Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I haven’t seen any articles that mention any of the forwards or dmen available at 4th that are game changing players.

I have read that the goalie is one of the best prospects available in the last couple years. Get the goalie and worry about the scoring and dmen in the later rounds or with the first pick next year.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/06/20 at 07:25 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I have read that the goalie is one of the best prospects available in the last couple years. Get the goalie and worry about the scoring and dmen in the later rounds or with the first pick next year.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah

I agree. Every player selected at #4 this year will be a risk, so why not take a risk in the one area where the Wings need the greatest help. Or package a prospect and some 2nd rounders for a later 1st round pick when the Wings think Askarov would still be available.

Or, if they decide they really want either Perfetti or Drysdale, I’d like to see them go after Spencer Knight, Florida’s #13 pick last year. They’ve got a ton of long-term money invested in Bobrovsky so I’m not sure where Knight fits in. He wouldn’t come cheap, but right so far he looks like the real deal.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/06/20 at 07:54 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I still think Drysdale would be the best choice if available at four. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 07/06/20 at 08:33 PM ET


Different scouts to an extent and seasons apart
in some cases, but it’s interesting that the Wings
have repeatedly passed on prospects playing close
by (in some cases Saginaw) who ended up being really
good NHL players in order to pick guys farther afield
who have not.

I just plain don’t know (don’t have a basis for a preference)
this year. The Wings need at least one more top defenseman
(legit top pairing if not elite). And they need a top-two center.
And they badly need a reasonably likely difference-making #1
goalie of course.

Seeing what Shesterkin did for the Rangers and what Merzlikins
did for Columbus is hard to ignore. Would Ottawa be bold enough
to grab Askarov at #5? Trading down (but not too far down) is hard to do
as we saw last draft. Detroit trading down a few picks could be a clear signal
to another GM: get Askarov while you can.

It’s very early, but I’m happy with what Detroit came up with in the last draft.
It’ll be so interesting to see what the even newer group does this time.
Most likely they’ll develop a clear idea of who they like best at #4 and just make the pick. But who knows. As Cheli said, Askarov is the only guy from about 4-11 who
seems to have that superstar potential. No doubt the Wings need to draft a truly elite
player in one of the next 2-3 drafts if they are likely to actually contend when they come out of the rebuild.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/07/20 at 12:22 AM ET

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