The Athletic’s Craig Custance examines some of the Red Wings’ draft options with their 3 picks “in the 30’s”:
At this point, the Red Wings feel like they have a pretty good idea how the top five picks in front of their first draft choice are going to play out. Sure, there are always wild cards. There are trades and surprises. But they feel really good about their ability to land a top player at No. 6.
That may be the easy part. The area that makes or breaks Detroit’s draft are the picks that come after that. The cluster of three picks — No. 30 overall (assuming the Capitals win the Stanley Cup) acquired from Vegas in the Tomas Tatar deal, No. 33 and No. 36.
This is where they have to win this draft.
Detroit likes the talent available in that range. Director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright said he believes we’ll look back at the 2018 draft as one that was deep and full of impact NHL players.
“We really believe as an organization that this draft is deep in the Top 50,” Wright told The Athletic on Wednesday. “It’s not going to surprise anybody that someone who goes 28, 29, 30 might be better than someone who goes at 10 or 12.”
Custance continues (paywall)…