The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/25/11 at 06:55 AM ET
Your friendly neighborhood blogger got pretty darn ill during the draft—my apologies—but I had a feeling that the Red Wings would trade down before I went down, and as DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose confirms, the Wings swapped out their 24th overall pick for two second-rounders, giving the team nine total draft picks:
As Friday’s first round of the NHL draft neared the halfway point, the Red Wings decided to seek a trade to acquire more picks in Saturday’s final six rounds at Xcel Energy Center.
“It’s just like playing the lottery,” said, Jim Nill, the Red Wings assistant general manager. “The more times you buy a ticket, the better chance you’ve got. We think we can get two players out of what we have left.”
The Wings traded the No. 24 pick to Ottawa for a pair of second-rounders – the Senators’ selections at 35 and 48. It will be the first time since 2005, that the Wings will select nine amateur players in a single draft year. The year they selected defenseman Jakub Kindl (first round), and forward Justin Abdelkader (second round) and Darren Helm (fifth round). It is the ninth time that the Wings haven’t had a first-round pick since 1997.
“There are quite a few guys still available, so we just wanted to get more picks,” Nill said. “We think they’ll be more players that fall down to us.”
Nill and the rest of the Wings’ front office believe the players that they covet will still be there for them when they make three times in the second-round Saturday morning. Detroit also has the No. 55 pick in the second round.
“We initiated (the trade),” Nill said. “We were about halfway down. We have a cutoff list of guys that you just have to take because they’re so good, and once the last guy went, then we knew that we had to step up and try to get extra picks. We’re still thinking that two of the guys that we have sitting up high will still be there. … Now there’s no guarantee.”
Nill said that at some point in the draft, the remaining talent becomes very similar. “They all have something good. They all have something bad,” Nill said. “The more you can get the better you chance you have of getting lucky and hitting a home run.”
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