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The Red Wings picked massive 6'5" but super-skinny 163-pound winger Julius Vahatalo, from TPS Turku's junior system, with the 166th overall pick. Vahalato was unlisted in draft rankings. [edit: EliteProspects has him listed at 191 pounds]
Updated 5x at 2:01 PM: The Red Wings have made four picks now, and after grabbing Dylan Larkin, Dominic Turgeon and Christoffer Ehn, three centers, the Wings picked goaltender Thomas "Chase" Perry. Perry was the 8th-ranked North American goaltender by NHL.com, and the 6'2," 176-pound goaltender played for Wentachee of the North American Hockey League this past season.
Updated 7x at 2:05 PM: The Red Wings made a trade to get a higher third-round pick...
And the Wings selected Pierre Turgeon's son Dominic:
Quoting the Hockey News regarding their 94th-overall ranked prospect: Dominic Turgeon, 6'1," 198, Portland (WHL): Pierre's kid is smart, skilled and plays a two-way game.
NHL.com ranked him 97th overall among North American skaters:
I'm going to be updating the Red Wings' pick-by-pick selections during day 2 of the NHL draft--the Wings pick 76th overall in the 3rd round, 106th in the 4th round, 136th in the 5th round, 166th in the 6th round, and 196th and 201st in the 7th round, and Paul's going to have a NHL Network stream link up shortly--but if you want to "live blog" the Wings' selections, here's a handy-dandy place to do so.
NHL.com, TSN, the Sports Forecaster and RedWingsCentral will all be following the draft on pick-by-pick bases, and the Wings have a special "Extended Coverage Blog" available for your enjoyment; Kukla's Korner's own Monica McAlister is also at the draft and she'll be Tweeting details.
Also, FYI from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The Wings' first-round pick will be paying his own way to go to Traverse City so that he can retain his NCAA eligibility. He will literally have to his skates, jerseys, sticks, gloves, helmet, etc. back to the Wings at the end of the summer camp.
Here's the live stream of NHL.com's coverage, from Paul:
Friday evening yielded an utter mess's worth of Red Wings-related stories regarding particularly disparate news categories--with the bulk of said news hitting just before the first round of the NHL Draft began (though the Wings made the Jonas Gustavsson signing official a little earlier in the day).
The Red Wings picked Waterford native Dylan Larkin with the 15th overall pick, and they'll be picking 6 more players in rounds 2-7 this morning (10 AM EDT on the NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada and streamed on NHL.com)--76th overall in the 3rd round, 106th in the 4th round, 136th in the 5th round, 166th in the 6th round, and 196th and 201st in the 7th round.
In attempting to make sense of Friday's news, however, I'd prefer to go in "alphabetical order," and the first item explains why Mike Babcock made those mysterious comments about Daniel Alfredsson's back at the NHL Awards.
Updated 10x at 10:28 PM: In a fast-paced first round, the Red Wings Tweeted this...
And then the Red Wings picked someone who will be playing for Babcock's pal, University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, next season:
The Wings have a draft-day blog rolling along...
Updated 8x at 7:37 PM:
Update: Here's more from the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
Holland confirmed via text message that they’ll wait until August before deciding on whether Alfredsson will return for another season in Detroit or retire.
However, Alfredsson and his family will remain in Detroit next season no matter what the final decision is on his career.
Update #2: Zing:
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery about 30 minutes ago, discussing the draft, possible trades and Mike Babcock's contract status (and the stupid-ass "ONOES HE'S GONE" talk will continue due to Holland's suggestion that they'll talk contract turkey later this summer):
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