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The Wings Could Have Had

09/08/2020 at 1:42pm EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Vegas advanced with a Game 7 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, a series that prompted reader Alex M.’s question to be the subject of this Detroit Red Wings mailbag: “What’s the bigger miss — Wings drafting Svechnikov instead of Boeser or Zadina instead of Hughes?”

The Wings selected forward Evgeny Svechnikov at 19th in the 2015 draft, four spots before the Canucks chose forward Brock Boeser at 23rd. Two years ago, the Wings drafted forward Fiiip Zadina at sixth, and the Canucks pounced on defenseman Quinn Hughes at seventh. The Wings’ picks were made by former general manager Ken Holland and Tyler Wright, who was the chief of amateur scouting. General manager Steve Yzerman holds the fourth pick in the 2020 draft, which is scheduled for Oct. 9-10.

Boeser and Hughes have established themselves as significant players for the Canucks.

Boeser, 23, has 75 goals among 161 points in 197 career games. He scored 29 goals as a rookie in 2017-28, 26 the following season, and was on pace to top 20 again when the season was paused March 12. Svechnikov, on the other hand, has appeared in just 20 NHL games (two goals, two assists) and has yet to show where he fits into the rebuild, if at all.

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