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With The #2 Pick In The First Round, The Detroit Red Wings Select…

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

If the Red Wings wind up with the second pick, however, they probably will have a decision to make. Do they take big center Quinton Byfield of Sudbury (OHL) or flashy winger Tim Stuetzle of Mannheim (Germany)?

Either one would complete for a roster spot in training camp at age 18 for a talent-thin team desperate for offense.

The 6-4, 215-pound Byfield tallied 32 goals and 82 points in 45 OHL games this past season.

“A player with his size and strength, and I think there’s more size and strength to come, but to able to have soft hands and vision and make plays and when players try to eliminate him, he can beat you with power or he can beat you with hands and hockey sense,” David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting said. “It makes him very tough to contain and a very attractive prospect.”

Byfield described himself as a two-way forward who plays a 200-foot game.

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TreKronor's avatar

I could see Yzerman going with the flashy winger or someone not even on the radar.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/09/20 at 09:28 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Byfield.  In my opinion the other options fall off quick.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 04/09/20 at 12:29 PM ET


LaFreniere is the obvious first choice, then for me it’s Stuetzle or disappointment.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 04/09/20 at 12:49 PM ET

0neoftheWings's avatar

Is Byfield clear #2?  I think Stuetzle is a very good #2.

My hesitations with Byfield

1. Is Byfield just another Mantha? 

2. Big very skilled players coming from junior leagues take much longer time to adjust to the pros.  Remember the growing pains with Mantha. I’m not ready to wait especially with the current Wings roster.  I want someone who has high skill, intelligence and a good motor @ #2.  That can come in after a year exp in GR to play with Zadina, Veleno, Fabbri

Posted by 0neoftheWings on 04/09/20 at 02:54 PM ET

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