The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan penned an article discussing the Red Wings’ dearth of development on their blueline over the past half-decade (or more). Kulfan points out that the Wings rather desperately need to hit a couple of “solid singles” (if not a home run or two) at this year’s draft:
With four picks in the first two rounds of next month’s NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings will likely concentrate on defense, whenever possible.
“I would anticipate some of those four picks, and three third-round (picks), some of those picks will be used on defense,” [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said.
How vital a deep and talented defense is to any NHL team was shown last summer during the expansion process as the Vegas Golden Knights were entering the league.
Holland noted how teams that possessed depth on defense worked side deals with Vegas in hopes of retaining defensive depth.
“In the end of the day most of them paid a price in order to hang onto their defense,” Holland said. “Defensemen are coveted in this league, and those defensemen (elite top-pairing) that can play in the league, a defenseman that can make a difference, we have to draft and develop them.”
Kulfan continues at length, assessing the state of the Wings’ defense…