DETRIOT, Mich – The Detroit Red Wings did the one thing they do best, which is make the playoffs. To no one’s surprise, the Wings went past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs after dispatching the Anaheim Ducks in seven games and almost took out the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games after blowing a two game lead 3-1. Still, the Wings had to eke out the Columbus Blue Jackets to make it as the 7th seed.
Detroit now looks towards the future after having signed Pavel Datsyuk to a new 3 year extension. The NHL Entry Draft is the Red Wings bread and butter in terms of building their team. The Wings have some solid prospects at all positions so there is no one need that Detroit has from a prospects perspective.
The Wings were 20th in offense, which is almost unheard of for Detroit, but was 5th in defense, 12th on the penalty kill, and 15th on the power play. Despite the poor offensive totals, the Wings had five players in double digits goals and two players had 9. Still, you can bet no one in Detroit is panicking about the team’s future on offense. Goaltending and defense is solid but some much needed depth will be a priority come draft day.
Speaking of draft day, look for the Red Wings to take the best player available. Detroit always knows that good players will always fall into your lap if your patient enough. Very rarely will Detroit make a trade come draft day. Don’t expect them to do much moving up or down. That is not their style.
In our mock draft, if the Wings deem defense to be the key to their success, Chris Bigras and Shea Theodore, and Mirco Mueller are still on the board. On offense, Kirby Rychel, Curtis Lazer, and Zach Nastasiuk are also on the board. If the Wings decide to go European, which they are never afraid to do, Alexander Wennberg and Artturi Lehkonen will definitely get a look by the Wings.
Still, the Red Wings love to build a solid blueline and so we are thinking either Theodore or Mueller will be the pick. If its offense they want Lazer or Wennberg will get the call. This is a tough call but Detriot will focus like a Lazer on offense come draft day.
“The Detroit Red Wings proudly select, from the Edmonton Oil Kings, forward Curtis Lazer.”
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