The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan has filed a subscriber-only article in which he examines the Red Wings’ last 10 NHL Drafts–which have been spotty in terms of drafting (and developing) talent–and I suppose we should accentuate the positive:
Picks: (1st) Moritz Seider (D); (2nd) Antti Tuomisto (D); (2nd) Robert Mastrosimone (LW); (2nd) Albert Johansson (D); (3rd) Albin Grewe (LW); (4th) Ethan Phillips (C); (5th) Cooper Moore (D); (6th) Elmer Soderblom (LW); (6th) Gustav Berglund (D); (7th) Kirill Tyutyayev (LW); (7th) Carter Gylander (G).
Analysis: Steve Yzerman surprised everyone by drafting Seider sixth overall, but the pick looks shrewd today. Seider had a good season in Grand Rapids and could be in the NHL next season. All the others are years away, but Tuomisto, Johansson Soderblom and Berglund offer promise.
Continued (paywall); all drafts are hit-and-miss to some extent, but the Red Wings’ GM overhauled the amateur scouting staff for a reason, and I do think that the Red Wings are doing a better job of developing the players they’ve drafted, which is essential going forward.