ESPN’s Chris Peters posted a mock draft covering the 2020 edition of the “entry draft’s” first two rounds via an article for ESPN+. Because the Red Wings have 4 picks over the course of the draft’s first and second rounds, Peters lists four possible candidates that the Wings might draft:
4. Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw (OHL)
32. Justin Barron, D, Halifax (QMJHL)
45. Martin Chromiak, RW, Kingston (OHL)
56. Theodor Niederbach, C, Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
For me, the players who sit at Nos. 4-12 on my board don’t have a ton of separation. If GM Steve Yzerman went defense, forward or even took a swing on the goaltender at No. 4, I wouldn’t bat an eye. But Perfetti is going to be the best player available in this range and offers a dynamic skill set the Red Wings desperately need.
In the second round, Detroit could definitely package things to trade back up into the first round if there’s a player it really likes — but there is still value to be had. Barron might not slip to the second round, but I think he’s a talented all-around blueliner. Chromiak and Niederbach are longer-term prospects who are going to need some nurturing, but their ceilings are quite high.
Continued (paywall); once again, Cole Perfetti is linked to the Wings…