DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji penned a profile of Red Wings 2018 draft pick Seth Barton, a defenseman who played for the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters this past season:
When you look at defenseman Seth Barton, one thing stands out – he could definitely stand to put on a few pounds. At the Red Wings’ recent development camp, Barton was one of the taller defensemen at 6-foot-3 but he was by far the lightest at just 174 pounds.
The second lightest defenseman was Gustav Lindstrom at 187 pounds. Lindstrom was the Wings’ second-round pick, 38th overall, in the 2017 draft.
But Barton will have time to add weight when he attends the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
“I went down on a visit there,” Barton said. “Just very professional in the way they handled things there. Norm Bazin, the head coach, well-respected, and the facilities they have there are outstanding for development. So pretty easy choice.”
Barton was the Wings’ second third-round pick, 81st overall, in last month’s NHL Entry Draft in Dallas.
“It was pretty incredible,” Barton said. “I wasn’t sure if they were at the top of the list going into draft day so it was pretty incredible getting a call from Ken (Holland, Detroit’s general manager). Obviously seeing it on TV, seeing it with my family, that was pretty cool.”