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A Look At Detroit's Draft

06/24/2019 at 8:35am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings’ previous four draft classes feature five players who have played a combined 185 NHL games thus far.

Several more are certain to enter the league in the next few years, but it takes time.

So it will be a while before Steve Yzerman’s first draft as Red Wings general manager can be evaluated.

“The danger is we all want our draft picks playing as soon as possible; it helps justify the picks a little bit,” Yzerman told media at the draft. “Ultimately, you really have to make sure you’re doing what’s right for these kids, that they’re playing at a level that they can be competitive and improve and excel at.

“There is stress. Very few 18-year-olds play in the NHL today. Now that they’re in the fold, we’ll try to set them up as best as we can, educate them and provide them with resources to develop and then we’ll see. If it’s one year, two years, three years … some of these kids will be five years. It doesn’t mean they’re not going to be good players. But it’s going to take five years for some of them.”

Here is a look at the 11 players the Red Wings selected over the weekend at Rogers Arena in Vancouver:


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Here are takeaways from the weekend in Vancouver.

The Right stuff

In 2008, the St. Louis Blues drafted a big defenseman who shoots right at fourth overall. Eleven years later Alex Pietrangelo was a key reason they succeeded in winning the Stanley Cup, producing 19 points in 26 playoff games this spring. Right-shot defensemen are gold in the NHL, and that’s why Moritz Seider appealed to the Wings as they made their selection at sixth overall this weekend, and why they followed up with Antti Tuomisto at 35th. They added a third right-shot defenseman in the sixth round in Gustav Berglund.

Does Seider warrant being picked that high when the Wings could have had any one of highly ranked forwards Trevor Zegras, Dylan Cozens, Vasili Podkolzin or Cole Caufield? Time will answer that. But the Wings scouted Seider heavily and big, talented defensemen who shoot right are a rare commodity.


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