Interesting isn’t it, that the man charged with selecting the players who will be the future of the Detroit Red Wings is in fact the gold standard when it comes to players drafted by the Detroit Red Wings.
No draft pick has ever turned out better for the team than the fourth overall selection of center Steve Yzerman, today the club’s general manager. Wings fans are hopeful that Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider, Yzerman’s initial first-round picks, will be the Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom for the next generation of Red Wings teams.
However, the fact of the matter is that seven-time Norris Trophy winner Lidstrom wasn’t a first-round pick. Neither were Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg. In fact, the majority of home-grown talent that’s excelled while wearing the Winged Wheel came up aces for Detroit long after the first round concluded on draft day.
What once made the Wings the gold standard of NHL teams is that they managed to mine the later rounds of the NHL entry draft for both all-star and frequently, even Hall of Fame talent.
These are the top-10 scoring Red Wings who were drafted by the team.