HSJ reviews the 2013 draft

The Free Press’s Helene St. James makes an interesting argument, suggesting that the Red Wings have “held onto their picks” since 2013, and as such, essentially began the rebuilding process during the Bertuzzi-and-Mantha draft:

In 2013, the Detroit Red Wings began a change in direction.

After trading away first-round picks in three of the previous five seasons, Wings general manager Ken Holland held onto his first selection in the NHL entry draft. The Wings had qualified for the playoffs for a 22nd consecutive season that spring, but a side effect of that success was a farm system low on talent. A need to replenish was in order.

The draft has continued to grow in emphasis for the Wings, to the point they made 11 picks in 2017 and hold 11 picks again, including four in the top 36, in 2018.

Here is the first in a five-part series looking back at how Wings draft selections have panned out. In this edition: The class of 2013.

As St. James notes, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Mattias Janmark, who plays for Dallas, were the Wings’ swings-and-hits of the 2013 draft, with David Pope still a question mark…

But the fact that the Red Wings dumped Janmark and Calle Jarnkrok in separate trades in 2015, to acquire Erik Cole and David Legwand, still sticks in my craw. I would argue that the Wings didn’t “begin the rebuild” until after that trade was made.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

4 thoughts on “HSJ reviews the 2013 draft”

  1. I’m with you, George. Any type of rebuilding didnt start until the streak ended.

    The losses of janmark and jarnkrok still dont worry me too much, though.

  2. After reading through the article, it looks like a good draft year.

    Trade down, get a big scoring winger, and use that pick to get lil bert. Janmark is a “hit,” so obviously a good draft choice even if he didn’t stay in the system.

    Pope is a 4th round choice. For him getting to where he is – that’s good. Of course final grade cant be determined.

    1. Don’t you know that only picking elite players with non-first round picks has any meaning around here? JK.

      I’m with you. Based on the big picture, 2013 was a decent draft for Detroit. I’d like to see Pope gets some looks. He could be an improvement on Frk. He has a good shot and more mobility. Hopefully that progresses into a decent enough two way game for him to jump from A to NHL.

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