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Updated 4x at 4:57 PM: I'm going to place my second-day Red Wings draft summary articles in here, and we may as well lead things off with the Wings' second-day press release:
RED WINGS ADD SIX PLAYERS ON SECOND DAY OF 2016 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
… Detroit Drafts Three Defensemen, Two Forwards and One Goaltender in Buffalo, N.Y. …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today made six selections during the second day of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Red Wings held a pair of second-round picks, adding right wing Givani Smith (46th overall) and defenseman Filip Hronek (53rd overall) and later selected defenseman Alfons Malmstrom (fourth round/107th overall), defenseman Jordan Sambrook (fifth round/137th overall), goaltender Filip Larsson (sixth round/167th overall) and left wing Mattias Elfstrom (seventh round/197th overall).
Smith spent the 2015-16 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm, ranking second on the team in goals (23) and points (42) while pacing the OHL with 146 penalty minutes. He also tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals and placed second with 185 shots on goal. Smith also registered 15 points (7-8-15) in 30 regular-season games and five points (2-3-5) in nine postseason games with Guelph in 2014-15 after a midseason trade from the Barrie Colts. In 126 OHL games over the past two seasons, the 6-foot-2, 204-lb., native of Thornhill, Ontario, has logged 61 points (30-31-61) and 222 penalty minutes. The 18-year-old also represented his country at the 2015 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
With their final pick at the NHL Draft, the Wings picked Mattias Elfstrom 197th overall:
With the 167th overall pick, the Red Wings took goalie Filip Larsson:
Larsson was ranked 10th overall in European goalie rankings by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, and he plays for Djurgardens IF's junior team.
From TSN's Frank Seravalli...
Ken Holland did not mention Steven Stamkos by name, but that wasn’t exactly necessary anyway. The Detroit Red Wings will unequivocally be among the handful of teams making a significant play for hockey’s youngest superstar ever to hit the market, if he makes it there on July 1.
Holland cleared the salary cap space required to enter the Stamkos Sweepstakes on Friday night when he flipped retired forward Pavel Datsyuk’s $7.5 million-contract to Arizona.
“We’re going to go into free agency,” Holland said. “We’ve got a goalie. We’ve got six NHL defencemen. I’m sure we’re going to exploring the forward market. I don’t know what that means until the dust settles.”
Stamkos and his representatives the Newport Sports Group could begin meeting with potential suitors just hours after the first round of the NHL draft wrapped up at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
Detroit is expected to join at least a half dozen teams, including the Maple Leafs, Sabres, Rangers, Canucks and Canadiens, to size up the prospect of signing Stamkos. The courting period, which can include visits to prospective cities, lasts five days until Thursday.
For now, Stamkos remains Tampa Bay property. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman still seemed optimistic about his chances to retain his captain.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Yzerman said Friday night.
And Sportsnet's Luke Fox:
With the 137th overall pick, the Red Wings picked Erie Otters defenseman Jordan Sambrook:
With the 107th overall pick, the Red Wings have selected defenseman Alfons Malmstrom:
Updated 3x at 11:55 AM: The Red Wings have selected defenseman Filip Hronek with the 53rd overall pick:
Updated 4x at 12:05 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have selected Givani Smith with the 46th overall pick.
Sovetsky Sport's Elena Korsun quotes the TASS News Agency, which spoke with Pavel Datsyuk's agent regarding the Wings' trading of Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes:
"Before leaving, Pavel signed the document in his contract [approving] a trade to another team. He always wanted to help Detroit," said [agent Dan Milstein] to TASS. "He also signed his retirement papers before his departure, and tomorrow we'll send those out to Arizona, and after tomorrow he can sign a contract with a KHL team."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have several selling points to Stamkos:
-- He could be their franchise player, filling their No. 1 center spot for the foreseeable future.
-- Stamkos can form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with soon-to-be 20-year-old Dylan Larkin, who they have talked about moving to center.
-- He would be playing in a new building in 2017-18 when Little Caesars Arena opens.
-- He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight of Canada's largest city.
-- The franchise has qualified for the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons.
-- The club is committed to spending to the cap every year.
-- They have young talent in the pipeline.
-- He could be their next captain after Henrik Zetterberg retires.
If Stamkos leaves the Lightning he'll have other suitors. The Maple Leafs are expected to make a big pitch. Some reports say the Buffalo Sabres could offer as much as $12 million a season. The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks also have been mentioned as possible suitors.
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