Regner discusses top prospects ahead of Saturday’s draft lottery

Red Wings fans will anxiously await the results of this upcoming Saturday’s draft lottery, and ahead of the big event (which takes place at 8 PM EDT on NBC on Saturday the 28th), even though the Wings only have an 8.5% chance of earning the top pick and a 26.1% chance of earning a top-three pick.’s Arthur J. Regner penned a list of potential draft picks in addition to Rasmus Dahlin that the Wings might pick as they draft somewhere between 1st and 8th place this June. I’m paying the most attention to the following pair of defensemen:

5. Evan Bouchard: Defenseman, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds. Shoots: Right Team: London (OHL) Stats: GP-67 G-25 Pts-87

An extremely intelligent player, Bouchard is a natural as a puck-moving defenseman. His strong passing ability is a boon to the transition game and he is exceptional at quarterbacking the power play.

6. Adam Boqvist: Defenseman, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. Shoots: Right Team: Brynas (SWE J20) Stats: GP-25 G-14 Pts-24

Playing in the shadow of Dahlin, Boqvist is also a skilled blueliner who possesses outstanding vision and playmaking ability. He plays bigger than his size and many scouts feel he is just beginning to tap into his lofty talent level.

Regner continues, and he offers a link to the NHL Central Scouting list of the top North American skaters; the top European skaters, North American and European goaltenders are also ranked and profiled on

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3 thoughts on “Regner discusses top prospects ahead of Saturday’s draft lottery”

  1. I know we are all focused on the Wing’s first pick and rightfully so, however with Vegas’ first pick and Ottawa’s second pick in a deep draft we may also get two more decent prospects. Focusing in on the 4th tier prospects (1-4)(5-11) 12-20)(21-35) will be fun to look at in the near future. The Hockey News does a great job with their Draft Preview issue. When I get it, I will share some rankings in the 4th tier.

    1. Beery,
      Awesome! I too love all the possibilities this draft holds. I look forward to your report.

  2. Cool.

    That second round pick of Ottawa’s ended up being potentially
    one of the best return’s for value the Wings have gotten in a trade
    in a while.

    It could be quite close to Vegas’ #1

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