Regardless of whether the Red Wings land a top-three pick in tomorrow’s draft lottery (7:30 PM EDT on NBCSN/Sportsnet for picks 15-4, 2nd intermission of Vegas-San Jose game for picks 3-1), the Red Wings’ representatives at said lottery told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that the team will have the opportunity to significantly improve their stead…
Wherever the Red Wings wind up picking, it’ll be an interesting and busy weekend July 22-23 when the NHL Entry Draft takes place. The Red Wings have 11 draft picks overall, including seven in the first three rounds — two in the first round (including Las Vegas’ toward the bottom), two in the second round (including Ottawa’s) and three in the third round (including Philadelphia’s and Pittsburgh’s).
This draft, Holland said, can be considered two drafts built into one for the Red Wings, given the multiple picks in the first three rounds.
“Every draft is important, but this is an important draft for the future of the Detroit Red Wings,” Holland said.
While Dahlin is the prize catch, there are numerous prospects who could either move immediately into the NHL, or are projected to be impact players soon. Forwards Filip Zadina, Andrei Svechnikov (brother of current Wings’ prospect Evgeny Svechnikov) and Brady Tkachuk, and defensemen Adam Boqvist, Evan Bouchard and Quinn Hughes (Michigan) are some of the top players available.
Many scouts have called this one of the deepest classes in recent memory.
“There are a lot of players who could be able to step in soon and help teams,” Cleary said. “There are a lot of talented players available. This will be an exciting day for the Red Wings, and Red Wings fans. Everyone should be real excited.”
And the Free Press’s Helene St. James penned a list of some of the top prospects available in June’s draft:
D Adam Boqvist
Size: 5-foot-11, 168 pounds.
2017-18 stats: 14 goals, 10 assists for 24 points in 25 games in Sweden’s junior league and played 15 games (one point) in the top Swedish league.
Buzz: Shoots right. Skilled and creative with great vision.
D Evan Bouchard
Size: 6-foot-2, 193 pounds.
2017-18 stats: 25 goals, 62 assists for 87 points in 67 games with London (Ontario Hockey League).
Buzz: Shoots right. Reads plays well, has tremendous offensive instincts. Excellent passer. Wings are very high on this guy, if they pick second or third overall, he could be the choice.