Allen finds praise for Shai Buium

Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen found that EP Rinkside’s Russ Cohen believes that the Red Wings’ decision to trade up to draft defenseman Shai Buium was a wise move:

Draft expert Russ Cohen, a regular on NHL Network Radio, also thinks the Red Wings’ second rounder Shai Buium should be viewed as a first rounder. He was taken early in the second round (36th overall) by the Red Wings.

“Buium moved up the charts and he has late first round talent,” said Cohen, owner of the Sportsology website and a contributor to EP Rinkside. “Buium’s offense has been emerging. His passing is a strength. He has a knack for seeing plays develop. Finding those spaces is very important, especially if you have creative forwards to work with. ”

California-born defenseman Buium (6-foot-3, 210) posted 26 points in 50 games for Sioux City in the United States Hockey League last season. He will play college hockey at Denver this season.

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