Red Wings fans will anxiously await the results of this upcoming Saturday’s draft lottery, and ahead of the big event (which takes place at 8 PM EDT on NBC on Saturday the 28th), even though the Wings only have an 8.5% chance of earning the top pick and a 26.1% chance of earning a top-three pick.
DetroitRedWings.com’s Arthur J. Regner penned a list of potential draft picks in addition to Rasmus Dahlin that the Wings might pick as they draft somewhere between 1st and 8th place this June. I’m paying the most attention to the following pair of defensemen:
5. Evan Bouchard: Defenseman, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds. Shoots: Right Team: London (OHL) Stats: GP-67 G-25 Pts-87
An extremely intelligent player, Bouchard is a natural as a puck-moving defenseman. His strong passing ability is a boon to the transition game and he is exceptional at quarterbacking the power play.
6. Adam Boqvist: Defenseman, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. Shoots: Right Team: Brynas (SWE J20) Stats: GP-25 G-14 Pts-24
Playing in the shadow of Dahlin, Boqvist is also a skilled blueliner who possesses outstanding vision and playmaking ability. He plays bigger than his size and many scouts feel he is just beginning to tap into his lofty talent level.
Regner continues, and he offers a link to the NHL Central Scouting list of the top North American skaters; the top European skaters, North American and European goaltenders are also ranked and profiled on NHL.com.