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Ryan Martin speaks with NHL.com regarding the Wings’ draft philosophy

NHL.com's Adam Kimelman spoke with Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the Wings' philosophy heading into a draft in which Detroit has 11 picks:

The Detroit Red Wings missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 27 years, and they have the ninth pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, the first time they have a top-10 pick since they selected Martin Lapointe No. 10 in 1991.

But the Red Wings have no intention of straying from their development model when it comes to their approach to the draft.

"Unless you're picking a superstar that can transition right to the NHL that can help teams can win games … you're not going to be able to rush things," assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "Just because you didn't have a very good year doesn't mean you can accelerate the development. That's important. I don't know that we're going to stray from our development philosophy. Are we optimistic that perhaps we'll have the opportunity to pick a higher-caliber player than normal because we're picking at nine? Sure, but that doesn't necessarily mean that'll happen."

The Red Wings interviewed 75 players at the NHL Scouting Combine, far more than usual. That's because they have the ninth pick in the first round and 11 in all, tied with the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers for the most in the League, but also because of the depth of talent available in this year's draft.

"For the most part, when you're picking in the latter half of the first round you can rule out a big chunk of players," Martin said. "… But picking at nine everyone's in the mix.

Kimelman continues, and as Paul noted, NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale examined the Atlantic Division teams' "draft needs" as well.

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I really hope Martin doesn’t take over from Kenny. They are basically clones of each other. Martin admitting that trading down for an extra pick is on the table. So watch our 2nd get flipped for two 3rds. Hey guys, want to know another way to get an extra 3rd…hmm, how about trading Sheahan rather than exposing him? There is your extra pick. Also don’t understand why Martin has showed his cards saying we’re leaning heavily towards a forward at #9. More leverage for the other GM in trade talks. Useless.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 11:25 AM ET

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Martin was once called our salary cap expert snake  .
I wouldn’t hire him to work a register at a dollar store.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 06/18/17 at 02:12 PM ET

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NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman spoke with Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the Wings’ philosophy heading into a draft in which Detroit has 11 picks:

Holland had to be under Martin’s desk.  Continued free fall until all these clowns are gone.  #GoVegas

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/18/17 at 02:30 PM ET

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[quoteHey guys, want to know another way to get an extra 3rd…hmm, how about trading Sheahan rather than exposing him?]

No way no how would a team offer a 3rd round pick for Sheahan. Maybe last summer. It’s why Sheahan wasn’t moved at the trade deadline. Everyone was likely lowballing Holland based on Sheahan’s miserable season.

Posted by evileye on 06/19/17 at 01:04 PM ET

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