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Detroit Red Wings Lose defenseman Dennis Cholowski to Seattle in Expansion Draft



Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski is heading to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft

Sportsnet’s Mark Specter is reporting that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski will be announced as a selection in the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft.

Cholowski was the Red Wings’ first round pick in 2016 and hasn’t developed the way the Red Wings hoped he would. Many fans hoped the Kraken would take Cholowski over Troy Stecher who has become a modest fan favorite. Stecher plays with energy and likes to move up into the offensive flow.

The full team, along with trades, will be announced tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN2

Cholowski’s name was the last name revealed on the Kraken’s draft list. Specter reported the Kraken couldn’t reach him all day. Cholowski was the player chosen by Detroit after he traded spots with the Arizona Coyotes in the first round. The Red Wings agreed to that because the Coyotes were willing to take Datsyuk’s contract after he left the NHL.  The Coyotes used the Red Wings ‘ original draft spot to take Jakob Chychrun who has developed into a strong all-around defenseman.

Cholowski, 23, is an offensive defenseman and has demonstrated an offensive knack, but he has’t been assertive enough defensively to hold a job. Because the Cholowski is out of options, the Red Wings were going to give him a long look next season.

It was assumed the Red Wings were going to protect Cholowski, but that changed when the Red Wings acquired Nick Leddy. The Red Wings protected Filip Hronek, Leddy and Gustav Lindstrom on defense.

Here is Seattle’s team, based on media reports. T

  1. ANA: Haydn Fleury
  2. SJS: Alexander True
  3. COL: Joonas Donskoi
  4. CAR: Morgan Geekie
  5. WPG: Mason Appleton
  6. CGY: Mark Giordano
  7. OTT: Joey Daccord
  8. NYI: Jordan Eberle
  9. LAK: Kurtis MacDermid
  10. VAN: Kole Lind
  11. BOS: Jeremy Lauzon
  12. CBJ: Gavin Bayreuther
  13. MIN: Carson Soucy
  14. FLA: Chris Driedger
  15. WSH: Vitek Vanecek
  16. TOR: Jared McCann
  17. TBL: Yanni Gourde
  18. EDM: Adam Larsson
  19. DAL: Jamie Oleksiak
  20. NYR: Collin Blackwell
  21. AZ: Tyler Pitlick
  22. NJD: Nathan Bastian
  23. PHI: Carsen Twarynski
  24. NSH: Calle Järnkrok
  25. BUF: William Borgen
  26. DET:Dennis Cholowski
  27. CHI: John Quenneville
  28. STL: Vince Dunn
  29. MTL: Cale Fleury
  30. PIT: Brandon Tanev