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Via the Red Wings:
With the 140th overall selection in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Michael McKee (D) from the Lincoln Stars.
McKee has committed to Western Michigan University. He is listed at 6’4” and 230 lbs.
You can follow DRW fifth round pick Mike McKee on Twitter at @mikemckee23.
McKee is huge—6’4” and 225 pounds—and NHL.com had him unranked and listed his stats only:
SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM
2010-2011 KENT SCHOOL HIGH-CT 27 8 15 23 50
2011-2012 LINCOLN USHL 59 2 17 19 237
First, no, I don’t believe Tim Panaccio’s suggstion that the Penguins will land Ryan Suter’s rights—the Predators want him to circle back to them on July 1st—and the Wings would be fleeced and then some regarding Keith Yandle, especially if they want an “impact center.” Horsepucky until reality tells us otherwise.
And the Red Wings selected a risky pick in forward Andreas Athanasiou with the110th pick:
With the 110th pick in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Andreas Athanasiou (LW) from the London Knights.
Athanasiou is nicknamed ‘Double A’ and was on skates by 24 months. He started playing hockey as a four year old.
You can follow Andreas Athanasiou on Twitter at @AndreasA86.
The Hockey News had Athanasiou ranked 32nd overall. The 6’0,” 179-lb winger was described as follows:
The Red Wings have picked Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson with the 80th overall pick.
The Wings confirm:
With the 80th selection in the 2012 @NHL Draft, your @DetroitRedWings select Jake Paterson from the Saginaw Spirit.
Here’s NHL.com on the 6’2,” 183-lb native of Mississauga, Ontario:
The Detroit Red Wings have picked Halifax Mooseheads forward Martin Frk with the 49th overall pick in the NHL Draft.
The Red Wings confirm:
With the 49th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, your @DetroitRedWings select Martin Frk (RW), Halifax Mooseheads.
The Hockey News had the 6’0,” 204-lb right winger from Bochov, Czech Republic ranked 45h overall. Here’s their assessment of Frk:
With the Red Wings having chosen to neither engage in any first-round-day trades at the draft, nor having chosen to deviate from their plans to engage in the art and science of attempting to snag 1 or 2 serviceable future Wings from today’s portion of the draft—the Wings possess the 49th overall pick in the 2nd round and then picks 80, 110, 140, 170 and 200 when the draft resumes at 10 AM EDT this morning (aired on TSN in Canada, the NHL Network in the U.S., and streamed on NHL.com as well)...
News came in fits and spurts over the course of Friday, from the high likelihood of the Wings’ signing of Damien Brunner to news about the prospects attending this summer’s development camp honoring Bryan Rufenach’s memory on July 10th, Wings assistant GM Jim Nill explaining the philosophy of waiting from the draft floor, the Penguins’ machinations to, if we are to believe the Penguin-friendly MSM, find the cap space to encourage Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to play with Malkin and Crosby on July 1st (Detroit? Chopped liver!), to, as the first round wrapped up (at just over four hours in duration), confirmation that Jiri Hudler’s heading elsewhere.
Updated 2x at 11:48 PM: Aside from whatever the hell is happening between the Penguins and Coyotes that sprouted from Ray Shero’s unsuccessful attempt to pry Ryan Suter’s signing rights from the Predators (Suter’s bound and determined to test free agency on July 1st, so his rights are worthless)—-though the Michalek and Staal trades do mean that the Penguins want to compete for Suter and Zach Parise come July 1st—and the Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor’s gloom and doom about the NHL possibly locking out players over a cap floor-less NHL with a 50-50 revenue sharing split, the Wings’ website did a fantastic job of posting videos and stories from Day 1 of the NHL Entry Draft…
And some news broke toward the end, after the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted a player Kyle Quincey will have to out-play in the 1st round pick surrendered for him, goaltender Andrei Vasilevski.
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Wings aren’t going to make any moves, but Jiri Hudler will—away from Detroit, to earn a free agent payday:
Updated 2x at 11:15 PM: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi scared the s*** out of Wings fans. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero apparently attempted to acquire the signing rights to Ryan Suter, but Predators GM David Poile informed Shero that the Preds want to hold onto Suter, let him test the UFA waters and circle back to Nashville:
Told #pens are looking into rights to Ryan Suter. They tried similar with Hamhuis 2 years ago #nhldraft
No on Suter for #pens ... He would not sign before July 1. Shero wants a top 2 pairing, been talking with #coyotes GM #nhldraft
#pens have deal close with #coyotes #nhldraft
#pens and #coyotes have a deal
#pens were talkin Michalek and player for Yandle #coyotes #nhldraft
This story is in progress and I will update it as necessary.
Update 11 PM: Bob McKenzie, on TSN’s live feed: “It’s totally false, I talked to Ray [Shero].”
Update #2: And here’s what really happened, per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
Pitt has dealt Z. Michalek to Phx in exchange for prospect Harrison Ruopp plus a 3rd-round pick this year (81st) and goalie Marc Cheverie.”
This does mean that the Pens, who traded
Jordan Staal away, will now be players for Suter and Zach Parise come July 1, but until then…
Updated 5x with Brunner news at 9:18 PM: Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill told Red Wings TV (and Will Posthumus) that he’ll continue to work the phones, but at the present moment, the Wings don’t expect to get into the 1st round, and then will go for the “best player available” with picks 49, 80, 110, 140, 170 and 200 at the NHL Draft—with those picks coming into play from rounds 2-7 tomorrow, starting at 10 AM EDT (on TSN, the NHL Network and NHL.com—and international Wings fans, you will be able to see the stream as it’s not “geoblocked”):
After the NHLPA’s executive board meets from June 25-27 in Chicago, the PA will officially be ready to put the pedal to the CBA negotiating medal. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told the Canadian Press that the meetings, which are supposed to draw upwards of 50 players, will serve as a springboard to negotiations that the PA’s already prepared to begin:
“We’ll be prepared and have been prepared to start bargaining with the owners,” Fehr told The Canadian Press on Friday ahead of the NHL draft. “I think those (talks) will start — although not announcing the precise date yet — very quickly after the end of our meeting.”
The NHLPA’s approach to CBA negotiations will borrow heavily from the lessons Fehr learned while spending more than three decades with the Major League Baseball Players Association. During the last round of NHL negotiations — when a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season — the union had just seven players on the committee tasked with hammering out the agreement under former leader Bob Goodenow. Fehr was hired in 2010 and thinks it’s important to have a wider cross-section of his membership participating in the process.
“It’s very important for players to be involved — it’s their futures, it’s their contracts — and they understand that,” he said. “And so I’ve always operated under the general philosophy that if a player wants to come to a bargaining meeting then he should be encouraged to. It doesn’t matter whether he’s on the executive board, the negotiating committee or he got to the league three days ago. It really doesn’t matter. He has a right to come, he has a right to be involved, he has a right to know what the issues are.”
Updated 2x at 2:55 PM: Amongst this afternoon’s relatively sparse crop of Red Wings news:
• First and foremost, I dig the probable signing of Damien Brunner. Yes, he’s an undersized 26-year-old who’s been playing in Switzerland, but the Swiss league has become one of Europe’s best over the past couple of seasons, and this is an ultimate no-risk deal for a classically undersized but speedy sniper (if it happens, which it probably will); the player wants to come to Detroit, and if he shows his stuff in training camp, awesome, and if not, he heads to Grand Rapids to adjust to the North American game, hopefully earning a call-up at some point. If he can’t adapt, he goes back to Switzerland with that, “Well, I tried to make it happen in North America” feather in his cap.
• In more serious news, via RedWingsFeed, the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau reports that the Red Wings will pay tribute to fallen prospect Bryan Rufenach at this summer’s prospect camp in Traverse City:
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