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Options For The Wings In The 2nd Round Of The NHL Draft

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are 10 potential picks for the Red Wings at No. 32, based on prospect rankings from various outlets:

Justin Barron, D, 6-2, 195, Halifax (QMJHL)

GP: 34 G: 4 A: 15 PT: 19

A decent-sized, good-skating, right-shooting defenseman. NHL Central Scouting said of Barron: “Strong forward and backward strides, solid puck retrievals. Moves the puck well while finding the right options under pressure. Great mobility with good gap control. Pivots and angles opponents well. Plays a physical game.”

Jacob Perreault, RW, 5-11, 192, Sarnia (OHL)

GP: 57 G: 39 A: 31 PT: 70

The son of former NHL player Yanic Perreault scored 30 goals as a 16-year-old in the OHL in 2018-19 and tallied 15 more points his second season. Central Scouting described Perreault as a strong skater with great balance and a natural goal-scorer. “Hard accurate shot with a release that jumps quickly off his stick. A dangerous shooter who can score from multiple areas of the ice. An intelligent player that puts himself in good positions to get scoring chances.”

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WingDingy's avatar

At some point, the Wings need to think about a goaltender.  Bernier had a nice season last year, but he’s 32 years old, having played 12 years at the NHL level, splitting time as a starter and a back-up.  He’s certainly not the long term answer at the position.

Posted by WingDingy on 08/12/20 at 09:02 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Jan Mysak would be my pick at 32 if he’s there.

Goalie could be looked at with #46. The name you want there is either Joel Blomqvist or Nico Daws. But I expect the Wing to trade for one of: Alexandar Georgiev, Matt Murray, or Tristan Jarry. That would mitigate the need to pick one there.

Bernier should be either re-signed on a short-term extension or traded at the deadline for like a 4th (3rd if they retain salary). Would even help tams dumping goalies because of Seattle entry draft as Bernier with an expiring contract would be exempt.

Posted by d ca on 08/12/20 at 11:04 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Posted by d ca on 08/12/20 at 11:04 PM ET

I’m with you, I think goalies can be had via trade or free agency as easy, if not easier than via draft with the cap.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 08/13/20 at 12:02 AM ET


One thing to keep in mind is they need a backup very soon and a starter as soon as 2021. That solution isn’t going to come from the draft. I’m sure they will draft a goalie but the first “solutions” will come via either extending Bernier, trades or free agents. With teams tight against the cap and another looming expansion draft there will be plenty of options available.

Posted by evileye on 08/13/20 at 11:18 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I like a goalie pick also but how do get a younger goalie outside the draft. There seems to be a lot of potential UFAS but age in the high 20s and 30s just seems like a short term pick and has already shown his potential.

Which leaves me with a draft pick and wait sometime to show if he is a NHL potential.

Trades?  No body wants are overpaid garbage and I hate to lose yougins or future picks.

We need a Goalie but I am too picky.  Leave it up to StevieY, has to better KH was

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/14/20 at 07:32 AM ET

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