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Scouting Window In Europe May Be Open In The Fall For The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...in September and October, just weeks before the NHL Entry Draft, many of the European prospects in this draft class will be playing hockey again.

With the pandemic easing in Europe, at least for now, most of those leagues should be up and running in the autumn.

The North American junior leagues likely will not be.

So, for Red Wings’ general manager Steve Yzerman and his staff, it’ll be another valuable scouting opportunity and chance for those European players to sell themselves on the ice — while comparable North American prospects are sitting.

“That could just confuse the situation even more,” Yzerman said. “We thought about that. In all likelihood, you’ll have some of these kids playing, the way it looks right now, and potentially, some of the North American kids not playing.

“So, depending on who’s playing, who’s not playing, who plays well, who doesn’t, it can complicate your decision-making even more.”

It certainly does offer, everyone around the NHL agrees, the unique opportunity for a young player to give himself a second chance to move himself up in the draft.

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It is most likely that the worst team in the league will be assigned the fourth pick in the draft, compared to picking first, second, and third COMBINED.  That is NHL, Inc.

Posted by RWBill on 07/05/20 at 01:06 PM ET

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Worked for Toronto and Edmonton

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/05/20 at 01:53 PM ET

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