The Detroit Red Wings will draft 6th in the 2018 draft. No lottery win for the Wings.
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Update: Ken Holland spoke briefly with the Free Press’s Helene St. James regarding the news:
“You’re hoping to get into top three, but you know the odds,” general manager Ken Holland said Saturday. “We’re disappointed not to get a lottery pick, but it’s a good draft. We’ll get a good player for our organization.”
Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin is the prize of the draft, the sort of generational player who will immediately improve a team. Instead the Wings could be looking at defensemen Evan Bouchard or Noah Dobson, or perhaps forward Oliver Wahlstrom.
The Wings will gather their scouts for final pre-draft meetings May 5-10. The draft is June 22-23 in Dallas.
While Dahlin is NHL-ready as soon as next season, the Wings might still get a player who can come right in and contribute.
“Let’s get to training camp and see them on the ice,” Holland said. “But it would not surprise me if three or four or five players out of this draft start out in the NHL next season.”