Duff: Wings’ Draper acknowledges that this Day 2 of the NHL Draft is a guessing game

The Detroit Red Wings have six more draft picks with which to add to their stable of prospects on Day 2 of the NHL Draft…

Day 2 of the NHL Draft begins in 35 minutes. As of now, Red Wings have six picks remaining

2nd round – 38
3rd round – 70
4th round – 102
4th round – 128
5th round – 134
6th round – 166— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 24, 2021

And Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff spoke with Red Wings director of amateur scouting Kris Draper regarding the unpredictability inherent during the draft’s second day:

“For the most part, we’ve seen the majority of the players but there’s certainly some players that we have to rely on our area scouts and the belief that they have in the prospects on some of the names that are going to be called,” Draper said. “We have a body of work on them for sure. Is it as much as a normal draft? Absolutely not.

“Especially some of the Ontario players. They didn’t play nearly as much. Even going to the Western Hockey League, some only played 25 games.”

Scouts will be required in some instances to rely upon reports filed on players from their underage seasons. Draper admitted that many of those players have undergone significant physical changes over the past year.

“Obviously on some of them you have to go back on video to watch how they played last year,” Draper said. “I’ve got to be honest. There’s some prospects we talked to that didn’t play this year that put on anywhere from 16 to 22 to 23 pounds. All they’ve done is train. They’ve been home, they’re eating properly, they’re getting to the gym.

“It’s intriguing when you start talking to these prospects. You see how they were in their underage year as 16-year-old players. Now all of a sudden they’re 18, putting on that much weight and getting that much stronger.”

Duff continues

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