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Past Drafts

07/15/2019 at 7:57am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The success or failure of the draft class won't be known for some time — it generally takes at least two years to judge a draft — but we do have the benefit of hindsight when looking at the Wings' best and worst selections from 2008-17:...

The Misses
1. G Tom McCollum

Age: 29.

Drafted: 30th, 2008

He played three NHL games with the Wings. Meanwhile. at 93rd in that draft, the Washington Capitals drafted Braden Holtby, their franchise goalie and a Stanley Cup champion.

2. F Tomas Jurco, D Xavier Ouellet, D Ryan Sproul
Ages: 26; 25; 26.

Drafted: 35th, 2011; 48th, 2011; 55th, 2011

None are in the organization anymore and all spent last season in the AHL. They’re grouped together because they were drafted ahead of Nikita Kucherov (58th, Lightning). Kucherov is the leading scorer (462 points) from this draft class and the Wings had three shots at him in the second round and whiffed.

3. F Riley Sheahan
Age: 27.

Drafted: 21st, 2010.

Sheahan carved out a serviceable NHL career (149 points, 447 games), but he pales against the first-round picks the Wings could have landed: Evgeny Kuznetsov (26th, Washington) has 337 points in 416 games. Brock Nelson (30th, Islanders) has 124 goals among 241 points in 480 games; Charlie Coyle (28th, San Jose) has 248 points in 500 games....

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