DRW.com draft recap: for Wings’ prospects, the journey is only beginning

DetroitRedWings.com’s Josh Berenter filed a story about the Red Wings’ two-day draft haul this morning, duly noting that Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman and director of amateur scouting Kris Draper believe that the eight prospects they’ve drafted are at the start of their journey toward (hopefully, anyway) an NHL future:

“We’re trying to find good kids. Solid character kids that have drive and motivation,” Yzerman said to wrap up the draft. “Ultimately, we think they’re all competitive kids. We think they’re all motivated and driven, and time will tell.

“But I guess what would be in common, and we’re trying to do that every year, is draft kids that are good, solid kids that we think have a chance to play in the league and are really driven and motivated.”

Red Wings director of amateur scouting Kris Draper agreed with Yzerman in his optimism for Detroit’s 2021 Draft haul. Draper said he’s excited to see these players compete in the 2021 Prospects Tournament this fall and continue developing as they strive to don the Winged Wheel at Little Caesars Arena in the future.

“We feel good about today. We felt we drafted in a lot of areas that we needed,” Draper said. “You talk about the character of the prospects that we brought in, the talent of the prospects, and now they all know the work starts now, and that’s something that’s been always true. Once they’re named, selected and they’re part of the organization, away they go.”


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