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Depending On Yzeramn

07/06/2022 at 7:47pm EDT

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

It’s a good thing Steve Yzerman knows what he’s doing, and is adept at not letting anyone else know what he’s doing. For instance, he was asked, if the talent were equal, would he prefer to grab a goalie, a defenseman or a forward at No. 8?

“That’s a really good question,” Yzerman responded to Wings broadcaster/writer Art Regner. “I’m trying to answer that without answering it. I don’t have an answer for you, so I’m not gonna answer it.”

In other words, the Wings need help everywhere and there’s no sense dropping clues. In fewer words, Yzerman plays the coy game as well as anyone. The NHL draft with all its world-wide prospects can be a mysterious endeavor, unlike the NFL and NBA, where talent pools are full of recognizable names. And when it gets mysterious, few are better to trust than Yzerman, whose drafting prowess is well-documented.

Many stars on the two-time Stanley Cup champion Lightning were selected by Yzerman during his tenure. In his fourth season back here, he’s drafted under-the-radar Moritz Seider at No. 6 in 2019 and Lucas Raymond No. 4 in 2020. Seider was the best rookie in the league last season and Raymond wasn’t far behind. Also not far behind: 2021 first-rounder (No. 6 overall) Simon Edvinsson, a big defenseman who’s close to being ready for the big club.

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