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The Wings Will Have The #6 And #22 Picks In The First Round Of The NHL Draft

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Now that the Stanley Cup playoffs are down to the final four teams, the draft order for the first 27 spots has been finalized.

The Wings sat steady in the June 2 draft lottery, getting the sixth pick. But they have a second first-round pick thanks to general manager Steve Yzerman’s trade-deadline deal with the Washington Capitals, and that will be at 22nd.

The first round is July 23.

The spot would have been at 23rd had the Arizona Coyotes not violated combine testing policy in 2019-20; part of the penalty for that was forfeiture of what would have been the 11th pick this year.


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from Kevin Allen of DetroitHockeyNow,

The No. 6 pick is their own and the No. 22 pick was acquired from Washington in the Anthony Mantha-Jakub Varana swap. The Red Wings have three second-round picks, with the extra picks coming from the New York Rangers (Marc Staal trade) and Edmonton Oilers (Andreas Athanasiou swap).

Early mock drafts have the Red Wings selecting Swedish goalie Jesper Wallstedt because he is believed to be on par with last year’s highly-touted goalie prospect Jaroslav Askarov….

The Red Wings are likely to draft a goalie first two rounds because they need one. They could draft 6-foot-6 goalie Sebastian Cossa at No. 22. He plays for Edmonton in the WHL. Some scouts believe Cossa is almost as desirable as Wallstedt..

Other potential second round picks: Sarnia goalie Benjamin Gaudreau or Toronto Marlies goalie Tristan Lennox.



Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/11/21 at 04:21 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

It should be interesting, but doubtful Yzerman picks a goal tender with the sixth pick. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/11/21 at 08:03 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The Wings need a French Canadian keeper.  Roy, Brodeur, and Fleury are all from Belle Province, Quebec.

Yes, meet me halfway. 

tongue wink

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/11/21 at 08:33 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The Wings need a French Canadian keeper.

Well it won’t be either Wallstedt or Cossa. Wallstedt is from Västerås, Sweden. And Cossa is from Fort McMurray, Alberta.

...doubtful Yzerman picks a goal tender with the sixth pick.

If he doesn’t take Wallstedt at #6, I’m not sure Cossa will still be around at #22. But he has some 2nd-round picks to play with. So maybe he could entice someone who has a pick in the #15-#20 range to take the #22 pick plus either the Rangers 2nd-rounder in order to move up.

I just hate the fact that we have to wait six weeks to find out what Yzerman is going to do.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/11/21 at 11:40 PM ET

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A solution would be to take both goal tenders to keep them off other teams. Think about it….  Lol

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/12/21 at 12:34 AM ET


I’ll meet you halfway at La Belle Tire, where we can kneecap Roy with a tire iron.

Seriously, I’m glad to got to see that jerk play in his prime.
Couldn’t stand him but absolute ice water in his veins when he was on.
Better than Brodeur, IMO, as was Hasek.

It’ll be cool to see this goalie duel.
The world needs great Québécois goalies
- and great but not quite as great Finnish goalies.

Boy could the Wings use a true blue chip goalie prospect to get excited about.
Petruzelli isn’t even that and I’m still having to resist wondering every other day:
any news? Did he sign yet?

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/12/21 at 08:42 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I’m still having to resist wondering every other day: any news? Did he sign yet?

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/12/21 at 08:42 AM ET

I’m with you. I find it strange that there’s been no word about the negotiations at all. That’s probably not a good sign.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/12/21 at 11:49 AM ET


KP is weighing whether to return to school for another year.
Nothing to worry about.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 06/12/21 at 09:06 PM ET

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I think you need to look at Wings history and goalie history.  Goalies are very seldom picked in the first or second round.  Developing a good goalie is really costly and when you develop him you will probably lose him.  When your team is on the verge of a Stanley Cup you go out and use that money you saved in the development stage and go out and sign a good one like the Wings did with Mike Vernon, Hasek, Chris Osgoode,  now you will say we drafted Osgoode, yes and after we developed him, it was senionara,. We developed Jimmy Howard, was he a good goaltender, did we win a cup with him?  Anyways bottom line, don’t waste draft picks on goalies until late rounds.  Their talent t 21 cannot be evaluated and their are too few of them to keep shuffling, ask the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/12/21 at 10:47 PM ET

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Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/12/21 at 10:47 PM ET

Agree.  Patrick Roy came from the third round (51st) in the 1985 draft, but he eventually won his first Cup as a rookie in the ‘85-‘86 season.

However, Martin Brodeur IS a first round pick of NJD and is extremely successful as well.

Dominik Hasek was drafted 10th round, 199th in the 1983 NHL draft by the Cawks.

Fleury was drafted FIRST overall in 2003 by the Pens, which would have been FLA’s pick had the Panthers kept their pick.  Wings didn’t have a first round pick that year and guess who they picked in the second round:  James Dong Tiberius Howard.

Carey Price was drafted fifth overall in the 2005 draft by the Habs.

It is the most uncertain position to draft in hockey.  History’s on no one’s side in drafting goalies.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/13/21 at 12:15 AM ET

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Its not really Howard’s fault that he never got a cup. Team was on the down swing his entire career.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/13/21 at 12:20 AM ET

WingDingy's avatar

How do you not go with a goalie at #22?  If the Wings are going to continue to improve, they can’t keep bringing in retreads.  Should they get lucky and find another Fleury, they’d be in high cotton for the next ten years.

Posted by WingDingy on 06/13/21 at 05:39 PM ET

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