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With The #6 Pick In The NHL Draft

Now what?  I would need an extra 2 hours per day to properly start naming names the Wings could pick at #6.

So let's turn to you for your opinions.

I know names have been mentioned in recent posts but maybe we can gather all the information here.

So your suggestions are welcomed on what the Wings do with pick 6.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

To help get things started, here are a few sites that have mock drafts. Most, though not all, have Hughes, Kakko, and Podkolzin as their top three picks. Some also have links to stats on each of the players.

Or you can look up individual players at HockeyDB.com.

In no particular order:







My personal choice would be Bo Byram if he’s still available at #6. Or maybe Podkolzin will still be on the board at #6 because he’s committed to play in the KHL for the next two years. Other than that, it seems like a crap shoot among the various centers.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/10/19 at 12:00 PM ET


I think Hughes is going to drop to six and the Wings are going to get him.

It’s just a feeling.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/10/19 at 12:38 PM ET


I reckon Byram is about the same level of the forwards Red Wings can pick twith the #6. So he should be the priority unless by some miracle Podkolzin is still there.
I don’t really have any strong opinion on who to pick between the forwards. Dach, Cozens, Turcotte…
I’m pretty much against trading down though. It seems like there’s a top 3 (even with some doubts about Podkolzin future) and then another group of 6 or 7 players and then it falls. So I don’t see the point in picking from a worse group or even the last one of those (which is to say let the other teams decide and get what’s left there…). Hope they scout and make up their minds on what’s the best choice at 6.

Posted by Dseven on 04/10/19 at 12:51 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

FWIW, Sean “Down Goes Brown” McIndoe reports that the Wings would be picking #1 under the Gold Plan…

Posted by Steeb on 04/10/19 at 02:32 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Addendum: There’s a good discussion of the Gold Plan at the end of the Puck Soup podcast.


Posted by Steeb on 04/10/19 at 02:45 PM ET


Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/10/19 at 02:32 PM ET

Just further proof of the Gold Plan’s superiority.

Posted by Manthanasiou87 on 04/10/19 at 02:46 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

My guess is the Wings have planned on having a top 7 pick since about November and have scouted accordingly.  They probably already have a good idea who they will take, and will use the combine to interview and make sure the kid’s heart is in the right place. 

They’ve got, what, 10 picks this draft?  I think 3 picks in the 2nd round?  Lots of opportunity to get three solid NHL players out of the 2019 draft.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/10/19 at 02:47 PM ET

d ca's avatar

I don’t see Vasili Podkolzin making it past 4 because of KHL/Russia worries. But if Chicago goes brain-dead handing in a card and does pass then the Wings will get Bowen Byram (they don’t if Chicago takes the Russian as the Avs will then grab Byram). The Avs have Cale Makar (2017 R1 4) and Conor Timmins (2017 R2 32), but Duncan Siemens (2011 R1 11) and Nicolas Meloche (2015 R2 40) aren’t panning out as hoped plus they are already loaded with young forwards: Rantanen, MacKinnon, Landeskog, and Jost so I see them going for a d-man unless the 3rd best player drop as they can be the most patient among the teams drafting in the top 10.

The Hawks don’t need a d-man as they recently drafted: Nicolas Beaudin (2018 R1 27), Adam Boqvist (2018 R1 8), and Henri Jokiharju (2017 R1 29) and Ian Mitchell (2017 R2 57). They also took centers on the Plymouth Whalers—sorry make that USNDT Jake Wise (2018 R3 69) and Evan Barratt (2017 R3 90). They took wingers Niklas Nordgren a Fin (2018 R3 74) and a Russian (2017 R3 70) so I don’t think they will shy away from a foreign player. I think this all adds up to Chicago grabbing Podkolzin. Which means:

Devils- Hughes
Rangers- Kakko
Hawks- Podkolzin
Avs- Byram
Kings- Dach
Wings- Cozens

I can see Dach, Turcotte, Zegras, and Cozens being interchangeable though.

Maybe Holland uses the extra draft capital to move up and grab Spencer Knight the goalie. They appear to have a decent NCAA goalie (Filip Larsson) and a prospect Keith Petruzzelli.

Just sad when the best part of the Wings season is the same as the best part of the Lions season: their draft. But they can’t keep grabbing forwards even if they are best available as they appear set (Larkin, AA, Veleno, Rasmussen, Nielsen, and Helm).

Posted by d ca on 04/10/19 at 02:57 PM ET

d ca's avatar

(Larkin, AA, Veleno, Rasmussen, Nielsen, and Helm)

Posted by d ca on 04/10/19 at 02:59 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/10/19 at 12:00 PM ET


“Player Rankings updated 4 days ago | Draft Order updated after every game
Team needs are factored into the mock and simulations.”

Posted by Primis on 04/10/19 at 07:51 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I reckon Byram is about the same level of the forwards Red Wings can pick twith the #6. So he should be the priority unless by some miracle Podkolzin is still there.

I agree on both, but the Red Wings most urgent position is still on defense.  grin

Posted by bigfrog on 04/10/19 at 08:00 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Pick the best he best player available, less thinking for KH

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/11/19 at 12:19 AM ET

Primis's avatar

So let’s get down to the real question here:  How risky are the Wings willing to be with the #6 pick?

Are they willing to nab a guy with tremendous upside but a low potential floor?  Are they willing to take a guy a ways “too early” because of positional need?  Are they willing to trade the pick away for a Now player instead?

Posted by Primis on 04/11/19 at 07:28 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

So let’s get down to the real question here:  How risky are the Wings willing to be with the #6 pick?

Maybe who are the players that would be a mistake pick.

So far, Lil, Bert and late picks seem, to be playing better.

They are still very Young!!! But older Svech GR for life, Ras doesn’t disappoint me because in Western Canada I saw him play alot, but very soft, no emotions, Zadina will ee when he makes the NHL, Thank god KH didn’t listen to HSJ, Mantha QMJHL (no defence Leegaue , Great Goalies)  shoot and no D (Bald One Coach) probably will ruin even that??,,,KH is sort of an ex goalie but can’t draft goalies (Jimmy not more than C+ but varies from Great to Ugly) ,,Goose (Fancy Goose) no points unless there is a BIG cheque Looming, Wings Defence(bottom 4) ( I will pass on that),

I am sort of negative (here on the CANADIAN West Coast.  (Nucks have the light weight Swede) VERY impressive, Fun to watch.

I like Veleno BUT again QMJHL No Defence ( Bald One must have freaked with that pick,LOL).  Pick from the OHL and WHL (bruisers in the WHL).

Again a slower rebuild IMO. (Forgot Hronek and Cholo GOOD picks).  Trade ALL bottom 4 D for a 3rd round pick and throw a dart at the players not projected in the 7 Rounds But the the reduced Cap,love it.  Hope for a 1st round Pick in the future just once!!

Have some very good players in top 4/5 lines. Does Larkin have any Brothers??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/12/19 at 01:08 PM ET


I’m hoping Byram is still available at #6, but won’t be surprised if he isn’t. Maybe Turcotte otherwise? Sounds like he’s been a bit under the radar thanks to playing on the same team as Jack Hughes.

Posted by RyanVM on 04/12/19 at 02:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I’d give up AA, Rasmussen, and that 6th pick for Hughes at #1.

[eats popcorn]

Posted by SYF from a deja vu of the 85-86 season on 04/12/19 at 03:30 PM ET

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