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Red Wings GM Ken Holland: the Wings will be ‘active,’ hope to make big additions via free agency

Updated 2x at 9:16 PM: If the Red Wings’ haul of prospects picked during the latter round of the 2012 Draft left you feeling less than enthused as the Wings approach free agency, especially given the moves made by Pittsburgh to supposedly make runs at “natural fits” in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, well…

GM Ken Holland wants you to know that Detroit will be very active and very aggressive on July 1st, as he told the Associated Press’s Larry Lage:

“We’re going to be active and very involved in free agency because we have cap space and holes we’d like to fill,” Holland said. “But to be successful, you have to draft and develop guys.”
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While the [Wings’] draft picks will have time to develop, Detroit will need some free agents to attempt to make up for the departures of defencemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart along with the potential loss of 50-point forward Jiri Hudler in free agency. The Red Wings have about $20 million in cap space and might be willing to use most of that to sign New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise and Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter if they aren’t re-signed by their teams and are available on the market July 1. Holland can’t talk about players he’s targeting, but knows the franchise will be in the spotlight when free agency begins.

“Everybody looks at the Red Wings and expects big splashes,” he said. “We have a lot of pieces in place and I like our team, but we need to make two or three moves through free agency or trades.”

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Red Wings 2012 draft day hub-roundup-type post: Wings’ brass weighs in, talks about Brunner

Updated 17x at 10:18 PM: To summarize and place all the Red Wings’ draft pick entries in the same place, here are the prospects the Wings drafted in rounds 2-7 of this year’s Entry Dra…I mean the 2012 Draft in Pittsburgh:


• The Red Wings picked Halifax Mooseheads winger Martin Frk with the 49th overall pick;

• They then selected Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson with the 80th overall pick;

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Red Wings pick Rasmus Bodin with 200th overall pick, wrapping up their 2012 draft haul

According to NHL.com, the Red Wings picked Rasmus Bodin, a 6’6,” 207-lb LW from Sweden. He’s not listed on NHL.com. That’s it for the Wings.

MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

Wings take Rasmus Bodin of Sweden, a 6-6, 207 pound center, with their last pick, 200th overall in 7th round.

The Wings confirm but get the pick wrong:

With the 210th pick in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Rasmus Bodin (C) from Sweden.

As you might expect, RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest has the scoop Bodin:

7-200. C/LW Rasmus Bodin, 6-6, 207, Ostersunds (Swe-J-18), 29-9-17-26-94. The Red Wings finally went to Europe with their last pick and took yet another Swedish sleeper, a six-foot-six forward who averaged close to a point per game and piled up 94 penalty minutes at the J-18 level last season. He’s joining the more high-profile HV-71 organization next season.

Update: From NHL.com’s Brian Hedger, here’s Eliteprospects’ take on Bodin:

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Red Wings pick James De Haas with 170th overall pick

From the Red Wings:

With the 170th pick in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select James De Haas (D) from Toronto Lakeshore.

NHL.com had De Haas listed as the 175th-ranked North American skater, and they only offer stats for the 6’2,” 194-lb defenseman….

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM
2010-2011 TORONTO MARLBOROS GTHL 52
2010-2011 TORONTO MARLBOROS GTHL 70 12 18 30 40
2011-2012 TORONTO LAKESHORE OJHL 45 10 19 29 32

But RWC’s Sarah Lindenau found a video @Jdehaas3 working out:

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Red Wings pick Michael McKee with 140th overall pick

Via the Red Wings:

With the 140th overall selection in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Michael McKee (D) from the Lincoln Stars.
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McKee has committed to Western Michigan University. He is listed at 6’4” and 230 lbs.
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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

Paul found that a search for McKee yields fights, fights and more fights, including this one from RWC’s Sarah Lindenau:

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On the Suter/Yandle rumor, and the Red Wings pick Andreas Athanasiou with 110th overall pick

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.
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Athanasiou is nicknamed ‘Double A’ and was on skates by 24 months. He started playing hockey as a four year old.
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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:

 

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Red Wings pick Jake Paterson with 80th overall pick in 3rd round

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:

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Red Wings pick Martin Frk with 49th overall pick in the 2nd round

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:

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Quickie Red Wings overnight report: scattershot news on the cusp of a long day

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.

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Red Wings News at 11: Hudler’s gone, update on Wings’ wait for Day 2

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:

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