By all accounts, it was a productive, prosperous two days for the Detroit Red Wings at the NHL entry draft in Montreal. However, much like a frustrated fisherman coming in off the lake at the end of the day, Detroit GM Steve Yzerman found himself lamenting about the ones that got away.
Stevie Y solidified the team’s goaltending at the NHL level. He did so with the addition of Ville Husso from St. Louis. Yzerman found the 200-foot center he was seeking by tabbing Marco Kasper eighth overall. Kasper and second-round pick Dylan James are both described by scouts as hard to play against. That’s an element the Red Wings are desperately needing.
Dream come true. Couldn’t be more excited to have been drafted by the @DetroitRedWings. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me reach this point in my career, and I am excited for the future in the motor city! pic.twitter.com/xCunFggLQ4
— Dylan James (@Dylan3james) July 9, 2022
“We’re chipping away at things,” Yzerman acknowledged. “Without elaborating, there was one or two more things I was hoping to accomplish that we weren’t able to do but overall, we’re all excited. We just finished the draft and hopefully some of these kids turn into players.”
Turning his lament into hopefulness, Yzerman was maintaining a belief that the book isn’t closed on those other moves he was seeking out.
“No,” he said. “We’ll just keep working at things.”
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- The Red Wings were filling out their coaching staf. They’re adding ex-NHL head coach Bob Boughner as an assistant to Derek Lalonde.
- The Red Wings are maintaining the belief that first-round pick Marco Kasper will be a scorer at the NHL level
- A look at the players Detroit selected from the fourth round onward at the NHL entry draft
- You won’t be seeing Manon Rheaume on Bally Sports broadcasts next season. The former goalie has taken a hockey ops role with the Los Angeles Kings
- Russian forward Dmitri Buchelnikov, Detroit’s second pick in the second round, is given the title of puck magician by NHL scouts
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Pittsburgh: Ron Hextall, GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is still seeking a method to keep potential UFA Evgeni Malkin in the Steel City.
Vancouver: Elias Pettersson, the sequel? Yes, the Vancouver Canucks drafted another Elias Pettersson. He’ll go with the one they already have on the roster.
Montreal: The trade buzz surrounding Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry is picking up again. And the Red Wings remain one of the teams being linked to Petry.
Boston: The lack of available picks and prospects is hurting the chances of the Boston Bruins making an offseason deal.
Philadelphia: Insisiting that they believe his troubles are behind him, the Philadelphia Flyers were trading for defenseman Tony DeAngelo.
Washington: The trading of goalie Vitek Vanecek to New Jersey is fueling speculation that UFA goalie Darcy Kuemper will be landing with the Washington Capitals.
New York Islanders: Was the trade with Montreal to get defenseman Alexander Romanov an overpay by the New York Islanders? Not if the deal ends up working out.
Florida: The Florida Panthers have re-signed restricted free agents Eetu Luostarinen and Lucas Carlsson.
San Jose: Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic doesn’t believe that the San Jose Sharks will be buying out his contract.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights traded up to acquire Jordan Gustafson in the third round of the draft.
Colorado: The Stanley cup champion Colorado Avalanche are close to signing soon ot be UFA forward Andrei Nichuskin.