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Detroit's Draft Picks

07/08/2022 at 2:53pm EDT

After selecting center Marco Kasper in the first round on Thursday, the Wings began the second day of the draft on Friday by grabbing a pair of forwards, Dylan James and Dmitri Buchelnikov, in the second round.

A 6-foot, 181-pound left wing, James was the rookie of the year in the United States Hockey League and was taken with the No. 40 overall pick.

Red Wings' second-round draft pick Dylan James of the Sioux City Musketeers lifts the Clark Cup after winning the USHL title this year.
James had 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 points in 62 games. He's described as a competitive player who has skill but likes to play a physical game, and is viewed as a leader on his teams. He is effective along the boards, likes to go the net and projects to be more of a bottom-six, gritty type of player and is headed to play collegiately at North Dakota.

Buchelnikov, a Russian who played junior hockey in St. Petersburg (MHL), was drafted 12 spots later with the No. 52 pick.

There was speculation heading into the draft that many teams would be leery about drafting Russians, not knowing about the availability of players because of the current political climate.

But general manager Steve Yzerman and his staff couldn't resist with Buchelnikov, a 5-10, 168-pound winger who scored 41 goals in 56 games last season.

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