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Detroit’s Draft Needs

Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com looks at the Wings...


Top priority: Offensive defenseman

The situation: The Red Wings have 11 picks in the draft, including six in the first three rounds, so they will look to load up at the skill positions. They had their streak of 25 straight seasons qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs end this season and will have a top-10 choice in the first round for the first time since 1991, when they picked forward Martin Lapointe at No. 10. The Red Wings, who pick No. 9 in the first round, likely will target puck-movers on defense. The Red Wings selected four defensemen among its first five selections in 2016, including Dennis Cholowski in the first round (No. 20). Cholowski had 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 36 games for St. Cloud State University as a freshman this season. Their top forward prospect is Evgeny Svechnikov (2015, No. 19) and their top goalie prospect is Jared Coreau (2013, free agent).

Possible fits: Timothy Liljegren, D, Rogle (SWE); Juuso Valimaki, D, Tri-City (WHL); Erik Brannstrom, D, HV 71 (SWE)

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Holland could have the top 15 picks and still fail.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/18/17 at 02:23 PM ET

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