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The After-Draft

07/25/2021 at 7:16am EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings are seeking that level of leadership.

"We're looking for kids that have good character, that's important," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We want them to be driven and be good people in the organization.

"We want to draft kids that are good solid kids, who have enough ability in some form or another that have a chance to play in the league and are real driven and motivated."

Yzerman and Kris Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting, were both key pieces of the team's leadership structure through three Stanley Cups and multiple years of success.

They understand how significant character is to winning, and want to implement those qualities into the future rosters.

"Any time you can add prospects who have been captains, 17- or 18-year-old prospects, it's important for the Detroit Red Wings, important for Steve," Draper said. "We feel we've drafted good people, good prospects and character individuals.

"A lot of the guys will do what they can to find ways to play. They know they have a lot of work to do."

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We put our list together of not so much gut but the eye test,” Yzerman said. “Do you like the player? Do you like the way he plays? Do you like the attributes that he has? Do you think he’s going to be an NHLer?

“But we also look at it analytically. It’s everything from height and weight to what country they’re from, points they put up vs. other players. There’s a lot that goes into it and you take all the information and put your list together and decide.”

Here is a look at the Red Wings’ 2021 draft picks with comments from Yzerman and director of amateur scouting Kris Draper:

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