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About Detroit’s Draft Philosophy

from Craig Custance of THE ATHLETIC,

The other concern that follows the Red Wings draft is that they tended to reach in selecting their draft picks. For instance, NHL scouts were telling the Swedish coach of Detroit’s second-round pick Gustav Lindstrom they expected him to go later than where Detroit grabbed him at No. 38.

“I talked to a number of other scouts on other teams, they said he could go late in the second and for sure in the third,” said Marcus Ragnarsson during a Saturday phone conversation from Sweden. “I think because his background, he hasn’t played on the junior teams… I think he’s a bit of a late bloomer.”

So the Red Wings grabbed him. No problem with that. They rightfully concluded he wasn’t going to be there at No. 71, which was where they were picking next, and made the pick. You like scouts who believe in their players, even if it means going off the board.

But when this happens consistently throughout the draft, it suggests a missed opportunity – mostly the chance to trade down and accumulate more picks. It takes a bit of a gambler’s mentality but the payoff, as the Red Wings have seen in the past with trading down, is often worth it.

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‘Playing GM’

Today is the last day in which NHL teams can submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents, and today also marks the first day of the "interview period" for unrestricted free agents-to-be.

The Red Wings have a fair amount of decisions to make as to which members of the Grand Rapids Griffins they wish to retain over the next six days, and the team has to qualify Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet today as well.

I don't like "playing GM," but if I were in charge (and I'm not), I wouldn't go after any unrestricted free agents; instead, I'd look to either repair the relationship between the team and Petr Mrazek. If that's not possible, I'd look to trade him. I'd also try to re-sign Andreas Athanasiou, Xavier Ouellet and Tomas Tatar as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Summarizing the Red Wings’ 2017 draft haul, with an emphasis on Day 2

Of Red Wings draft-related note, mostly from Day 2 of the 2017 NHL draft:

For starters, here's the Wings' official press release regarding the team's second-day-of-the-draft haul, a.k.a. Gustav Lindstrom, Kasper Kotkansalo, Lane Zablocki, Zach Gallant, Keith Petruzzelli, Malte Setkov, Cole Fraser, John "Jack" Adams, Reilly Webb and Brady Gilmour:

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UFAs The Wings Should Have Interest In

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The goal for the Wings next season is to make the playoffs. That won’t happen because of anything the Wings do via free agency. If the Wings make the playoffs, it will be because enough of the players who underperformed last season have bounce-back years.

That list includes Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar (he reached 25 goals, but had nine at the halfway point), Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

Petr Mrazek also is among the underachievers, though he may be the most bankable rebound candidate, as he is entering a contract year and surely was humbled after being exposed to the expansion draft and eliciting no interest.

What makes sense on July 1 is to bring back forward Thomas Vanek on a two-year deal averaging no more than $3 million a season.The Wings took a gamble on the skilled Austrian winger last summer, after he was bought out by Minnesota. He worked out better than expected: Vanek produced 15 goals and 38 points in 48 games, earning a .79 points-per-game average that was second on the team behind Henrik Zetterberg....

The Wings also should consider signing one of defensemen Dan Girardi or Trevor Daley for a year – two at most – to help the back end. Girardi recently was bought out by the New York Rangers, so he may come in as motivated as Vanek was last season.

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Jeff Blashill On Tyler Bertuzzi

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Bert to me is somebody that looks like he is on the verge of becoming a real good NHL player,” Blashill said. “He brings a lot of qualities that we don’t have – he’s hard and has skill. We’ve got a lot of guys with skill that might not be hard. We've got some guys that are hard that might not have as much skill. He's got a pretty good package in my opinion, as a fit on our team. I think the playoffs he had certainly puts him in position to grab a spot next year and make our team better.”

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Wings Go Big At The NHL Draft

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings, long criticized for being too small and having too many soft players, targeted big bodies in this year's draft, in some cases at the expense of good skaters.

That was evident with their first pick Friday, 6-foot-6 center Michael Rasmussen of Tri City (WHL) and it was apparent again on Saturday, when the Red Wings bulked up during the second day of the draft at the United Center in Chicago.

Of Detroit's 10 selections during Day 2, eight are 6-foot-1 or taller, including defensemen Gustav Lindstrom (6-2, 187) of Sweden and Kasper Kotkansalo (6-2, 196) of Finland, their top two picks.

"We put an emphasis on size, defense," Tyler Wright, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting, said. "I thought we filled a lot of holes."

Detroit drafted five defensemen, two more centers, two wingers and goaltender Keith Petruzelli, who played last season for USHL Muskegon. He was the last of their four third-round picks (88th). Prior to that selection, the Red Wings landed right wing Lane Zablocki of Red Deer (WHL) and center Zach Gallant of Peterborough (OHL).

"We wanted to get bigger and still kind of keep the identity of what we're known for and that's skill and sense," Wright said in a phone interview with MLive. "We wanted to become a harder team to play against."

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Recap Of Detroit’s Picks From Rounds 2-7

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today made 10 selections during the second day of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft at the United Center in Chicago. The Red Wings added defenseman Gustav Lindstrom in the second round (38th overall) before selecting four times in the third round, picking up defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo (71st overall), center Lane Zablocki (79th overall), center Zach Gallant (83rd overall) and goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (88th overall). In the fourth round, the Red Wings selected defenseman Malte Setkov (100th overall) and tabbed defenseman Cole Fraser in the fifth round (131st overall), right wing Jack Adams (162nd overall) and defenseman Reilly Webb (164th overall) in the sixth round and center Brady Gilmour in the seventh round (193rd overall).

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7th round: Red Wings wrap up draft with Brady Gilmour, drafted 193rd overall

The Red Wings drafted 11 players over the course of the 2017 draft, and the 10th player they picked on Day 2 was Brady Gilmour from the Saginaw Spirit, drafted 193rd overall.

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6th round: Red Wings pick Jack Adams 162nd, Reilly Webb 164th

With the 162nd and 164th picks in the 6th round of the NHL draft, the Red Wings picked Jack Adams and Reilly Webb:

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5th round: Red Wings pick Cole Fraser 131st overall

With the 131st pick in the NHL draft, the Red Wings picked defenseman Cole Fraser:

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