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Updated 6x at 8:50 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have picked Todd Bertuzzi's nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, with the 58th overall pick. And Bob McKenzie stated, "He makes David Bolland look like a Lady Byng Trophy winner."
Updated 5x at 8:42 PM: The Red Wings' first second-round pick is an intriguing one:
Via Paul, here are some highlights of Nastasiuk:
Mr. Hockey is attending the draft in New Jersey this Sunday, and the Free Press states that Michiganders have decided that "Mr. Hockey" is the best sports nickname out there:
Detroit sports fans have been having this debate for years now: Howe or Yzerman.We helped settle at least one aspect of the discussion.
The finals of our latest online voting tournament for the best nickname in Detroit sports history featured No. 9 vs. No. 19. While some may think the Internet is for the "young kid," everyone still respects the 85-year-old legend.
Mr. Hockey won with 68% of nearly 2,800 votes.
Updated 15x at 8:24 PM:The Detroit Red Wings picked Anthony Mantha with their 1st round draft pick, 20th overall, after making a swap with the Sharks.
With a wise man looking on...
Very interesting rules and regulations for drafting teams, per the NHL's PR department on Twitter:
Updated 5x at 4:33 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings did meet with Vincent Lecavalier this morning, and now they'll wait to find out where Lecavalier wants to land:
The Wings are among about a dozen NHL teams who think Lecavalier would be a good addition, which will lead to eager bidding for his services. Holland described his meeting with Lecavalier as a sort of “feeling out” situation.
“I talked to him about our organization, where he’d fit in,” Holland told the Free Press. “If he’s interested in us, we’ll talk later.”
St. James says that the Wings probably aren't willing to give Lecavalier a long-term deal, which may be a show-stopper...
You can add yet another team to the long list of Vincent Lecavalier's suitors...
But he did meet with the Red Wings today, we think...
And, as Wings GM Ken Holland and director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell told the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, the Wings believe that drafting and player development, even as an educated guessing game, is in fact what separates attractive destinations from also-rans, so today's draft (airing on NBCSN and TSN from 3-8 PM and then the NHL Network in the U.S. thereafter) is really when the team will get down to team-building business:
The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to make the most of their 7 picks during today's draft in Newark, NJ (TSN and NBCSN will air it from 3-9 PM, and it may drag on for a longer period of time, with the NHL Network picking up the rest of the coverage; the Wings pick 18th, 38th, 79th, 109th, 139th, 179th and 199th), and Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell told RedWingsTV that the Wings are prepared for a very long day due to all the trade scuttlebutt, as well as having to re-set if the Wings do make any draft-day trades:
The Wings' website has posted a dedicated blog page for the draft, but they weren't necessarily allowed to be the fly on the wall when the team's management met on Saturday afternoon:
Pleiness talks to Red Wings’ director of amateur scouting McDonnell, GM Holland about draft strategy
This topic's been covered in the overnight report and past entries, but I think it's time that we let Red Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell earn his own entry. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke to McDonnell, who's running the draft now that Jim Nill's departed for Dallas, and McDonnell told Pleiness that the Wings will at least lean toward taking a forward when they head to the podium to make the 18th overall selection:
“The only difference this year is we’d really like to get a forward, unless there’s a defenseman that’s too good to pass up,” said Joe McDonnell, the team’s director of amateur scouting. “When it comes to our pick, if we feel there’s two players that are even we’ll lean toward the forward.”
As Pleiness suggests, oodles of mock drafts have the Wings picking defensemen, but the Wings aren't necessarily leaning that way...
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