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Drafting Mason MacTavish With The #6 Pick

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

So, rather than predict the entire top 10, we'll take a look at some leading candidates for the Wings to take at No. 6 as part of an ongoing series. First up ...

Mason McTavish

The buzz: McTavish, 18, recorded 29 goals and 13 assists in 57 games in 2019-20 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes. (The Petes’ alumni include Yzerman, who recorded 91 points in 56 games in 1982-83, his draft season.) McTavish was placed in Switzerland’s second-highest professional league this season because of the pandemic....

Why he makes sense: McTavish is a left-shooting center who can also play wing. The Wings’ future depth down the middle includes Dylan Larkin, Joe Veleno and Michael Rasmussen. Yzerman has noted multiple times the Wings need help at every position, but they are particularly short on centers in the farm system. If the Wings see McTavish as someone who can become a high-end NHL center, he’s a logical choice.

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Makes the most sense if they feel he can be a true #1 center. The Wings future looks a lot brighter if they find some high-end talent at #6 than more depth players. As good as Larkin is I don’t think he’s an ideal #1 C.

Posted by evileye on 06/17/21 at 09:52 AM ET

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In the 11 mock drafts I looked at, McTavish was rated as high as #3 and as low as #29. That’s a huge range, but I guess this is a tough year for really getting a handle on a player’s true potential.

Here are some evaluations of McTavish at mynhldraft.com. At 18, his size (6’1” and 207 lbs) is pretty impressive and it looks like he’s a high-energy player.

But I still want Wallstedt, damn it.  grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/17/21 at 11:21 AM ET

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News with a mock draf ($$$)t for the 1st round,

6. Detroit Red Wings: William Eklund, LW, Djurgardens (Sweden). Eklund simply appears to be the type of player the Wings like. Plays bigger than his size (5-10, 176), is improving rapidly, and is has elite skills (No. 1-ranked international skater by NHL Central Scouting). Eklund compares favorably to Lucas Raymond, the Wings’ top pick last year.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/17/21 at 01:25 PM ET

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Seems like a physical goal scorer - both welcome.
The trick with these young guys is often: how many actually end
up handling all of the responsibilities of an NHL center from skating
to defensive responsibilities to face-offs.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/17/21 at 01:30 PM ET

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Yzerman likely will surprise again with his pick. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/17/21 at 07:42 PM ET

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