from Craig Custance of The Athletic.
A guy like Cole Caufield has been amazing but at 5-foot-7, there’s the question about his size. What are your impressions of him?
I’ve watched him all year. Every game he goes to, he just scores. He’s a phenomenal scorer. He’s fast. He’s really good. I just continue to see him score. He has great hands. He has the ability to change his angle, shoot the puck. Gets open for breakaways. He’s a really good scorer. He’s very similar to Alex DeBrincat in the way he plays. Alex’s skating, it really looks like he’s really increased his speed as he’s gotten older. He’s developed. They’re similar. Really good shooters, they know where to go and they know how to get their shot off.
Does the fact that you’re in your first year as a manager with this team give you the ability to be more patient with that pick and the player you get in that spot?
I think we want to be — there’s two, it looks like maybe two or three kids … that look like they’re going to play pretty soon. After that, you’re not really sure — is it one, two, three after that for them? We’re not really sure. We’re going to try. My goal is to pick a prospect that we expect to play in the NHL and fit into the style of the team that I envision, what the Red Wings have traditionally been. If he’s one, two, three years away, I’m not worried about that.