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Draft Pundit Believes Red Wings Landed Third First Rounder in 2021 Draft



The Red Wings drafted future Denver college player Shai Buium
NHL Radio Network draft pundit Russ Cohen says Red Wings landed three players with first round talent in 2021 NHL draft.

Detroit Red Wings fans are eager to see Moritz Seider in a Winged Wheel jersey this season. They are intrigued by Lucas Raymond’s potential, hoping he will have the same impact Henrik Zetterberg did.

The addition of first round picks Simon Edvinsson, a defenseman, and Sebastian Cossa, a goalie, also have fans’ attention.

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.

Cohen is also bullish on 2020 second rounder Theodor Niederbach. “Good skater, scoring touch at times, smart player who has defensive awareness,” Cohen wrote.