The Red Wings wrapped up their ten-player haul in the second round of the 2020 NHL Draft by picking Kienan Draper 187th overall.
And the Red Wings’ 10th and final pick in the 2020 NHL Draft is…
GO DRAPES, GET YER KID!— George Malik (@georgemalik) October 7, 2020
Red Wings complete 2020 Draft Class:
4: Lucas Raymond (F)
32: William Wallinder (D)
51: Theodor Niederbach (C)
55: Cross Hanas (F)
63: Donovan Sebrango (D)
70: Eemil Viro (D)
97: Sam Stange (F)
107: Jan Bednar (G)
132: Alex Cotton (D)
156: Kyle Aucoin (D)
187: Kienan Draper (F)— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) October 7, 2020
#RedWings, with their final pick at 187 in the 7th round, take right wing Kienan Draper, son of Kris Draper, the team’s director of amateur scouting and a longtime Wing.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 7, 2020
Obviously pretty cool for Kienan Draper to get drafted into the organization he grew up around. Will be fun to hear from both him and his dad about the moment.
Kienan played at St. Andrew’s College last year, where he put up about a point per game. 6-foot-1 right wing.— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) October 7, 2020
There you go! Kienan Draper ’20 goes to the @DetroitRedWings in the 7th Round, this young man has all the intangibles to be a pro, bright future ahead. @MiamiOH_Hockey commit playing for @Chiefs_Hockey The streak continues….#WhosNext pic.twitter.com/Y0ffao2wky— St. Andrew’s College Hockey (@sachockey) October 7, 2020
Here’s WDIV’s David Bartkowiak Jr.:
Right wing Kienan Draper, the son of Red Wings director of amateur scouting Kris Draper, will hope to follow in his father’s quick strides in Detroit.
Kienan spent years in the Little Caesars youth hockey club before spending time in the USHL. This past season he was playing in his second campaign with St. Andrew’s College in Canada — he had 51 points in 56 games played. He is expected to play more college hockey at Miami University (Ohio). Take a look at his Elite Prospects page here.
His father Kris is now Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman’s righthand man. Kris, of course, is a legend in Detroit for his time as a Red Wing, centering the infamous Grind Line in the 1990s and helping the Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships before joining the front office. He played an impressive 1,157 career NHL games (161G, 203A) and another 222 playoff games (24G, 22A). He won the Selke Trophy in 2003-04.
Kris also has been a big part of helping foster talent in the Little Caesars club, where he coached for several seasons.
Steve Yzerman joked about Kris Draper drafting Kienan Draper: “He didn’t ask for my permission.”
Yzerman said a couple scouts pushed for Kienan, and he told Draper to do what was best for the Wings. pic.twitter.com/I5odyO60ud— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 7, 2020
Yzerman said there were multiple Red Wings amateur scouts pushing for Kienan Draper— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) October 7, 2020
Kris Draper on drafting son Kienan to the Red Wings:
“This is home. This is where he’s grown up. He’s watched some of the greatest Red Wings play. Knowing him, when you talk about inner-drive and compete, he has that.”— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 8, 2020