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Detroit’s Press Release On Filip Zadina

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Below, added a video of Zadina being selected by the Wings.


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today selected right wing Filip Zadina in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Zadina, 18, was a member of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2017-18, his first season playing in North America, leading the club with 44 goals and ranking among his team’s leaders with 38 assists (T3rd), 82 points (2nd), a plus-23 rating (2nd), eight power-play goals (T2nd), 20 power-play points (2nd), three shorthanded goals (2nd) and 234 shots on goal (2nd). He finished seventh overall in QMJHL scoring and led the league’s rookies to earn a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team and QMJHL All-Rookie Team. The 6-foot, 196-pound forward was also awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league’s best professional prospect. Zadina co-led the Mooseheads in playoff scoring, registering 12 points (5-7-12) in nine games.

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The Detroit Red Wings Select Filip Zadina With The 6th Pick In The 1st Round

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added 9:48pm, Two videos of Little Z below... 

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Washington Trades Brooks Orpik And Philipp Grubauer To Avs For A Pick

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Colorado release is below.

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Open Post- 2018 NHL Draft

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TV Coverage begins at 7:00pm ET on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

The NHL Draft starts just after 7:30pm and feel free to comment on the picks, trades, etc.

Rounds 2-7 will start at 11:00am ET on Saturday and televised on the NHL Network and Sportsnet.

This post is yours, feel free to comment away.

Sportsnet Draft Tracker and Signings and Trades.

TSN Draft Tracker, Trade Tracker and Free Agent Tracker.

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Let’s Call It A Live Blog For The NHL Draft

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A general open post will go up at 6:30pm ET in the KK Hockey section but I figured Detroit fans may want a specific one regarding the Wings.

The actual draft begins at 7:30pm on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

Feel free to discuss Detroit's picks tonight (#6 and #30) and anything else that could happen.

Rounds 2-7 start at 11:00am tomorrow on NHL Network and Sportsnet.

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Naming Names

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from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The NHL Awards are over, which means that the yelling could begin.

Every year, there are votes that boggle the mind, and this year was no exception. Some of them are egregious -- like Mathew Barzal getting anything less than a first- or second-place vote for the Calder Trophy -- and some of them are just curiously baffling, like putting Vladimir Tarasenko fifth on a Selke Trophy ballot in the hopes that he eventually plays defense, one assumes.

Fans see these votes, and start hurling bile at the voters for their malfeasance. For example: Who left Nathan MacKinnon off their Hart Trophy ballots completely, when the Colorado Avalanche center had one of the most rock-solid cases for either winning the award or finishing second?

Well, it turns out that Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle and Steve Zipay of Newsday did. None of them voted Taylor Hall of the Devils, who won the award, in first place either. Hickey had both Evgeni Malkin (first) and Sidney Crosby (fifth) on the same ballot.


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Time For The Question Of The Day

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Who will the Wings draft tonight?

As of this post they have two picks in the first round, the #6 selection and also the 30th.

The question again is who will they draft and if you want to also include who they should draft, that is fine with me.

Below, Bob McKenzie's Top 31 Final Prospect Ranking if you need help.

You can find Bob's Top 93 here.

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Ken Holland Thinking About The Future As The Draft Approaches

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from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

“We’re ready to go at pick six. We’ve heard lots of different things happening in front of us,” Holland told The Athletic. “I’ve talked to some teams, teams call (and) want to know if you’ll trade the pick. We’re ready for anything.”

He stressed, again, that any conversations he’s having now would be about building for the future. He wants a competitive team to open training camp, in large part to have a healthy environment to develop young players. But he also said he won’t be moving any future assets to bolster his roster.

What he didn’t rule out is a trade that would bring back a young player who could help now and help in the future, someone in the 23-to-25-year-old range.

“Yeah, that’s a good range. I think if you’re under 25,” Holland said. “It’s about the future, any trade talks I might be involved in.”

more (paid subscription) and the Wings are still talking with Green...

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Video- Remember These Goals?

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

A look back at iconic goals from all 31 NHL teams

Almost 14 minutes to watch.


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Dan Bylsma Is Now An Assistant Coach For The Detroit Red Wings

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added 11:12am, Press release is below.

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