Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

Kulfan talks about the draft

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke to The Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy, Sportnset's Jeff Marek and one Ken Holland about the Red Wings' draft situation going into a year in which the Wings will pick 11 times:

“There’s a lower ceiling,” said Ryan Kennedy, draft guru at The Hockey News, talking about the draft pool. “There are a couple of players at the top (Nolan Patrick, Nico Hischier) who might step right in (to the NHL), but this is a draft where you only have several players playing in the NHL next season, maybe one or two.”

The Red Wings have a 6.7 percent chance to land the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft Lottery that takes place April 29 in Toronto (7:30 p.m./CBC ,NBC). Colorado (18 percent), Vancouver (12.1 percent), expansion Las Vegas (10.3 percent) and Arizona (10.3 percent) have the best odds of landing the top pick (probably either Patrick or Hischier).

How long has it been since the Red Wings have been in this sort of position? The Red Wings haven’t had a top-10 pick since selecting Martin lapointe 10th in 1991.

But they’ll have 11 selections overall in June, as general manager Ken Holland acquired extra picks at the trade deadline when he dealt defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Tomas Jurco, all of whom were potential unrestricted free agents (except Jurco) and the Red Wings sinking out of the playoff chase.

“That’s fine, in the spot they’re in right now, they need draft picks,” said Jeff Marek, Sportsnet (Canada) draft analyst. “I like the kids they have in their organization. They need more draft picks to add to what they already have.”

Kulfan continues, and he compiled a list of top draft prospects...

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink


w2j2's avatar

The Wings should take Cal Foote,  6’4”  212 pound Dman with their 1st round pick.
He is North American, and his father was Adam Foote.


Posted by w2j2 on 04/19/17 at 03:27 AM ET


Posted by w2j2 on 04/19/17 at 03:27 AM ET

...but it’d be more in character to take Gabe Vilardi (local ties and seeing the phrase “attributes to develop into a sturdy, two-way center” makes Holland have to call his doctor four hours later), Elias Pettersen (plays for Timra) or Eeli Tovanen (5’10, 170, going to college to overripen for a few years).

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/19/17 at 06:01 AM ET


Vilardi should not be available where we will be picking, but I am wondering if we can possibly trade up.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/19/17 at 09:05 AM ET


I have been following the draft prospects in various sources.  This article is consistent with a lot of what I have read.  Whoever the Wings pick, there is going to wailing and gnashing of teeth on this site.  I believe in the long run the Wings will get a good to very good player.  He won’t be a savior likely, so don’t count on one even if they pick first.  When the Wings were bad in the 80’s, the best day of the year was the draft.  It gave a lot of us hope.  This year will be the same.  Enjoy the process and chill.

Posted by Wisconsindale on 04/19/17 at 09:09 AM ET


This article is consistent with a lot of what I have read.

I think the one player who is all over the place in mock drafts is Liljegren.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/19/17 at 09:39 AM ET


Actually I should have explained a little better concerning consistency.  In reality there is no consistency with the draft order.  What is consistent here are the evaluations.  Liljegren has been slotted anywhere from 3-7.  Some have Cale Makar going from 5th-13.  Craig Button by the way had him going to the Wings 3 weeks ago.  The knock on him is he hasn’t played against top competition.  Of course neither had Tom Barrasso coming out of high school and he won the Calder Trophy at 18.  This whole draft will be possibly more of a crap shoot than other years. When all is said and done, who will know who the best player is for another 4 years.  1999 had the Sendins, Zetterberg in the 7th round and really no one else.

Posted by Wisconsindale on 04/19/17 at 11:54 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Whoever the Wings pick, there is going to wailing and gnashing of teeth on this site. 
Posted by Wisconsindale on 04/19/17 at 09:09 AM ET

When a red wing farts there is a whole lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth on this site, 1st top 10 draft pick since 1991, my god, we might eclipse the Dan Cleary contract days.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/19/17 at 03:26 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.