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The After-Draft

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings are seeking that level of leadership.

"We're looking for kids that have good character, that's important," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We want them to be driven and be good people in the organization.

"We want to draft kids that are good solid kids, who have enough ability in some form or another that have a chance to play in the league and are real driven and motivated."

Yzerman and Kris Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting, were both key pieces of the team's leadership structure through three Stanley Cups and multiple years of success.

They understand how significant character is to winning, and want to implement those qualities into the future rosters.

"Any time you can add prospects who have been captains, 17- or 18-year-old prospects, it's important for the Detroit Red Wings, important for Steve," Draper said. "We feel we've drafted good people, good prospects and character individuals.

"A lot of the guys will do what they can to find ways to play. They know they have a lot of work to do."


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We put our list together of not so much gut but the eye test,” Yzerman said. “Do you like the player? Do you like the way he plays? Do you like the attributes that he has? Do you think he’s going to be an NHLer?

“But we also look at it analytically. It’s everything from height and weight to what country they’re from, points they put up vs. other players. There’s a lot that goes into it and you take all the information and put your list together and decide.”

Here is a look at the Red Wings’ 2021 draft picks with comments from Yzerman and director of amateur scouting Kris Draper:


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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

After an eventful two days and multiple trades up the board, the Red Wings exited the 2021 NHL Draft with eight new prospects in their system. Here are 15 thoughts about the players, the class and the trends that emerged from the weekend.

1. It’s interesting to wind back the Red Wings’ draft trades and see the previous moves that made them possible. The picks Detroit sent Dallas in the Sebastian Cossa trade-up (Nos. 23, 48 and 138) were all acquired in the last calendar year: Pick 23 came from Washington in the Anthony Mantha trade, 48 came from the Rangers in the Marc Staal deal and 138 came from Montreal (though it originally belonged to the Senators) in the Jon Merrill swap.

Those three moves added up to bring the Red Wings their goalie of the future.

Meanwhile early in the second round Saturday, when Detroit traded up from No. 38 to pick LHD Shai Buium at 36, the sweetener that made it happen was the Tampa Bay fourth-rounder Detroit obtained by acting as an intermediary in the David Savard trade this spring. That deal, in particular, looked like a small move at the time it was made, but it allowed the Red Wings to make another aggressive move up when they wanted to Saturday.

2. That said, trading those picks wasn’t necessarily the plan all along.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/25/21 at 08:20 AM ET

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from Jim Parker of the Windsor Star,

After getting 6-foot-4 Swedish defenceman Simon Edvinsson with the sixth overall pick, Yzerman traded his second first-round pick, at No. 23, along with a second-round pick and fifth-round pick to move up eight spots and get 6-foot-6 goalie Sebastian Coassa with the 15th overall pick.

“We didn’t feel at 23 Sebastian would be there,” Yzerman said.

He flipped picks in the second round and gave up the final pick of the fourth round to move up two spots to take 6-foot-3 defenceman Shai Buium, who plays in the USHL.

The club then added forward Carter Mazur, who also plays in the USHL, in the third round.

Yzerman went back to Vegas in the fourth round in a trade to move back 12 picks to take centre Redmond Savage, who captained the United States at the World Under-18 championship. In that deal, he acquired an extra fifth-round pick and used it to take defenceman Oscar Plandowski after getting Swedish centre Liam Dower Nilsson earlier in the round.

The club closed out its picks by taking Windsor Spitfires forward Pasquale Zito in the sixth round.

“We definitely wanted to address some needs, especially on left defence, in our prospect pool,” Yzerman said. “We feel now we’ve stabilized our goal in Detroit (with Nedeljkovic) and with a good prospect (Cossa) in the system.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/25/21 at 09:12 AM ET

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Draper’s notes on Zito:
Draper: “He wants to be a hard player to play against. He wants to compete against the other team’s top players. He wants to make a tough net-front presence. Those are the things you like.”

Here’s hoping Zito and Ras make up the net front presence they believe they can be on the PP.  If Zito becomes the next Holmstrom, then the Wings will probably have completely stolen the 2021 draft.

So I’m cheering on Pasquale Zito to make the team.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/25/21 at 05:23 PM ET

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