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Questions Before The Draft

07/20/2020 at 8:26am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are some lingering questions about what the Red Wings might do with their highest pick since 1990:

Q. What are the chances that Byfield or Stuetzle is available at No. 4?

A. It would be a major surprise, much more so than in 2018 when Filip Zadina unexpectedly dropped to No. 6 for Detroit.

The Los Angeles Kings, selecting second, could have Byfield, who has been likened to Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Byfield (6-4, 215) is a two-way center with soft hands and good vision, able to play with power or finesse. He tallied 32 goals and 82 points in 45 OHL games this past season.

Or the Kings could take Stuetzle. At 6-foot, 187, he is described as possibly the fastest skater in the draft, someone who makes plays at top speed and is more of a facilitator than a shooter at this stage of his career.

The Ottawa Senators, who select third (a pick obtained from San Jose) and fifth, seem certain to select whoever is available between Byfield and Stuetzle.

If either falls through the cracks, the Red Wings surely would take that player.

Q. Will the Red Wings draft for a position to take best player available?

A. They are apt to select the best player on their board, whether it is a center, winger or defenseman. They need everything -- scoring, help on defense and a franchise goaltender. They are more likely to draft for a specific position in the second (they have three picks) or third (they have two picks) rounds.

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