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Drafting Mason MacTavish With The #6 Pick

06/17/2021 at 8:35am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

So, rather than predict the entire top 10, we'll take a look at some leading candidates for the Wings to take at No. 6 as part of an ongoing series. First up ...

Mason McTavish

The buzz: McTavish, 18, recorded 29 goals and 13 assists in 57 games in 2019-20 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes. (The Petes’ alumni include Yzerman, who recorded 91 points in 56 games in 1982-83, his draft season.) McTavish was placed in Switzerland’s second-highest professional league this season because of the pandemic....

Why he makes sense: McTavish is a left-shooting center who can also play wing. The Wings’ future depth down the middle includes Dylan Larkin, Joe Veleno and Michael Rasmussen. Yzerman has noted multiple times the Wings need help at every position, but they are particularly short on centers in the farm system. If the Wings see McTavish as someone who can become a high-end NHL center, he’s a logical choice.

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