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Wings May Focus On A Center For Their First Round Pick Tonight

06/21/2019 at 7:59am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Steve Yzerman’s first draft as Detroit Red Wings general manager could have a profound effect on the franchise’s rebuild.

The Red Wings figure to get an impactful player with the sixth pick and they have a good opportunity to find solid contributors in second round, where they have three selections (Nos. 35, 54 and 60).

Overall, Detroit has 10 picks....

“Ideally, we’d hit on all of these prospects and have players that turn out for us, but there’s no guarantee of that,” Yzerman said during his pre-draft media address last week. “When you look back at the histories of drafts and the percentage of players playing for us, it’s more difficult than it seems. The more players you get out of each draft, it speeds up the process.”

Center Jack Hughes of the U.S. National Team Development Program and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko are certain to be the first two players taken, by New Jersey and the New York Rangers.

It is difficult to predict the order of the next 10 to 12 picks, but defenseman Bo Byram of Vancouver (WHL) is highly unlikely to be available for the Red Wings at No. 6.

That’s why Detroit will probably take one of several highly rated centers, one or two of whom will probably be off the board: Alex Turcotte and Trevor Zegras of the USNTDP, Kirby Dach of Saskatoon (WHL) and Dylan Cozens of Lethbridge (WHL).

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added 8:21am, As Yzerman said 8 days ago, "we need the best player available", watch below.

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