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3rd round: Red Wings draft four players: Kotkansalo, Zablocki, Gallant, Petruzzelli

In the 3rd round, the Detroit Red Wings had 4 picks--71, 79, 83 and 88--and here are the players the Wings picked with their selections:

And then...

And then...

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2nd round: Red Wings draft Gustav Lindstrom 38th overall

With the 38th overall selection in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft, the Red Wings picked Gustav Lindstrom:

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Discontent bubbles as Wings get ‘their guy’ in the draft’s first round

Updated 2x at 9:22 AM: After two-plus hours spent "getting to know" the Red Wings' 9th overall draft pick, Michael Rasmussen, through blogging work and at least 20 updates to the Rasmussen entry...

I'm OK with the pick--Rasmussen is a 6'5" power center who goes to the front of the net and stays there--but I will readily acknowledge that there were players with more direct paths to the NHL "on the board" when the Red Wings made their pick.

The problem with getting attached to draft prospects is that there's a 1-in-31 chance that they're going to be picked by your team, and for the Red Wings, that was the case with the rest of the first round (at least after the 3rd or 4th pick), and many "fan favorites" were passed over by the Wings for a player whose skating and consistency are not expected to be NHL-ready come September.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa suggests that the Wings have had a bad week in terms of improving their fortunes (between the expansion draft and the first round of the "entry draft")...

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Red Wings draft Michael Rasmussen 9th overall

The Detroit Red Wings have drafted Michael Rasmussen 9th overall in the first round of the 2017 draft:

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TMR evening line: Tyler Wright on the draft’s second day

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright about the Wings scouts' job on the second day of the draft--Saturday, when the Wings have 10 picks in rounds 2-through-7 of the draft:

“There will be players coming out of this draft will become good NHL players for a long time,” Wright said. “There will be players coming out of the second and third rounds who’ll be NHL players. We just have to find them.

“We’re talking about 18-year-olds. There’s a lot of good players that are lumped together, so you just select them and develop their abilities. There’s parity in this draft.”

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Evening news: Draper and Wright on the draft; on Todd Nelson, Liljegren, Mrazek and Hamonic

Of Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

1. The Red Wings posted a video in which Kris Draper and Tyler Wright preview the draft:

2. In the rumor mill, from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson:

3. In the draft rumor mill, from the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy:

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Griffins post ‘Between the Benches’ video

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a very cool video that's much more than a 7-minute "Between the Benches" clip, taking fans behind the scenes and into the locker room as well:

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Detroit Showing Interest In Travis Hamonic

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Griffins coach Todd Nelson may be a candidate to replace Dave Tippett

I'm a little late with this one, but Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman posted a Tweet last night that caused Grand Rapids Griffins fans' ears to perk up:

On the ice after the Griffins won their Calder Cup, Nelson said that he feels he has nothing left to accomplish in the AHL save winning more championships. It will be interesting to see whether Nelson feels that he's comfortable with the Griffins, or whether he chases any coaching openings that appear in the NHL. It would be a shame for the Griffins and Red Wings to lose him, but I know that Nelson's ultimate goal is to reach the NHL.

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The Athletic talks Wings draft pick ‘fits’

The Athletic asked Future Considerations' Scott Wheeler to pick five prospects that represent "good fits" for the Red Wings' 9th overall draft pick, and one of the prospects is the one I believe is the best fit:

Elias Pettersson: LW, 6-foot-2, 164 Ibs, Timra IK (Allsvenskan)
FC Rank: 8

If [Owen] Tippett is one of the 2017 NHL Draft's most dynamic scorers, Pettersson is one of its most creative. He's an energetic, driven, light-on-his feet skater and creator (with and without the puck). Pettersson played in Sweden's second-tier pro league this season and was its best young player, posting 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games, finishing second on Timra in scoring to Jonathan Dahlen, good for first in league scoring among under-19 forwards by a wide margin (17 more than the next closest forward).

Pettersson excels most as a skater, with high-end top speed and quick acceleration to get there. With the puck, he cuts extremely well laterally, shifting directions one-on-one or easily navigating traffic. Pettersson makes up for a lack of puck strength and physicality with his elusiveness, navigating all three zones to create space for himself and make quick, decisive plays with the puck.

He's not shy either — Pettersson is aggressive with the puck and will take it to the net to make quick plays on net or corral and finish a rebound off with excellent stickhandling. Equally capable as a passer and shooter (though he scores with a quick release rather than an overpowering kick), Pettersson is one of the more versatile offensive players in the class.

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