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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Today, a look at Nos. 6 through 10.

7. Jared McIsaac, defenseman

Height/weight: 6-1/192

Drafted: Second round 2018 (No. 36)

2019-20 club: Halifax and Moncton (QMJHL)

2019-20 stats: 28 GP, 4 G, 15 A, 19 PT, 46 PM

The Red Wings hope McIsaac will take a big develop step while on loan to Finnish club HPK, after being limited to 28 games last season following shoulder surgery. The plan is to have the first-year pro finish the season in Grand Rapids if there is an AHL season. He is a two-way defenseman who moves the puck well, competes hard, plays physical and can play in all situations.

6. Evgeny Svechnikov, right wing


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That Givani Smith at #10 and Evgeni Svechnikov #6 in the system says a lot about DET’s system I guess.  Smith isn’t bad, but hes a future 4th liner, if anything.  And Svechnikov’s injuries have stunted any development to the point that I don’t know if he can be ever be an NHL regular.  Any potential he had seems to have eroded away.

In a good system, these aren’t really guys in the Top 10 of system prospects.

Posted by Primis on 09/24/20 at 09:31 AM ET


There is a lot of catching up to do in terms of high-level prospects for sure.

I’m excited for Smith as the few times the Wings have tried to draft
a more physical player (aside from Bertuzzi who is so much more) it hasn’t
worked out. There seemingly wasn’t one great developmental breakthrough with Smith - he just kept grinding along.

As modest a role as it might be, it would be nice to have a really heavy
fourth line forward whom other teams have to worry about around their net.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/24/20 at 05:12 PM ET


With Svechnikov, of course it would be great if he catches fire
and becomes a consistent offensive threat.

But this is the kind of pressure he doesn’t need.
It’s not good from his or the team’s perspective.

How many players on the Wings were a consistent offensive threat
this past season? And now Svechnikov who is still new to the league and is
maybe finally fully healthy is supposed to be one?

How about a solid bottom six regular who can chip in some goals
and who uses his size and is basically competent?
Confidence is so big in sports and some guys overthink and pressure themselves
to a fault - try so hard and get so down on themselves when it doesn’t happen as easily as they’d hoped.

I know there’s been little actual hockey for Detroit press to cover
but I don’t think I’ve ever seen more “make or break season” stories
about a single player. I don’t know how much of this stuff he sees - hopefully not much. But it’s hard for an especially younger guy to avoid if on social media at all.
If anything I’d consider a sports psychologist.

Maybe injuries cost him too much. Maybe the upside wasn’t as high as some had hoped. But it’s not like the Wings are overflowing with forward prospects with potential who are ready for the NHL. Let’s give this one the best chance possible.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/24/20 at 05:23 PM ET

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