Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. MLive’s Ansar Khan answered reader questions in a mailbag article, and Khan answered a couple of draft-related questions:
Q: Do the Wings plan to look for a lot of trade-up opportunities at the draft and use extra picks to move up? – Tom
A: They will try. They would like to move up to No. 3 for a shot at right wing Filip Zadina or No. 4 or 5 to get defenseman Evan Bouchard. If they do trade up or down it would happen during the draft on June 21 and of course depend on what transpires ahead of them.
What would it take to move up? At minimum, in addition to swapping the No. 6 pick, the Red Wings surely would need to relinquish their other first-round selection (30 or 31, depending on whether Vegas wins the Stanley Cup) or one of their second-round picks (No. 33 or 36).
Khan continues, and this is a situation where Ken Holland will have to do his due diligence to determine whether the teams ahead of the #6 pick will go for Bouchard. I hope that the Wings stand pat and draft whoever’s available at #6, but I could easily see the team moving up to 4th or 5th.
2. DetroitRedWings.com’s Arthur J. Regner penned a “By the Numbers” examination of Xavier Ouellet’s 2017-18 season, and Regner was particularly candid regarding Ouellet’s future:
Once the year concluded, he requested a trade and Detroit is seeking to accommodate his request. It has long been speculated the Red Wings have been trying to move Ouellet since the middle of last season but received lukewarm interest.
Whether the Wings can deal Ouellet is iffy. He is in the second year of a two-year, $2.5 million contract and most teams may feel a cap hit of $1.25 million is too high for a player who has been relegated to spot duty.
A likely scenario could be Ouellet getting optioned to Grand Rapids. He will go through waivers and if he isn’t claimed, he will begin next season as a Griffin.
If Ouellet is in Grand Rapids, only $225,000 will count against the Wings salary cap.
Regner continues, and Ouellet’s always been a good soldier, so I hope that the Wings can find him another home.