Losing has its advantages in the NHL. The Red Wings’ latest struggles have lowered them into 25th place in the standings.
If they stay there, and no team jumps ahead of them in the draft lottery, they would own the eighth pick in this summer’s NHL draft. They had the eighth pick in last season’s draft and claimed Marco Kasper. This season’s draft class is said to be stronger than last season’s class.
If Detroit stays at 25th, they would also have a 6% chance of winning the lottery moving up to the No. 1 pick and a 6.4% chance of drafting at No. 2. They would have a 54.4% chance of staying at No. 8 and and 30% chance of falling to No. 9. As Red Wings fans know, the franchise historically hasn’t had any luck in the lottery.
Plus, the final standings are far from settled. The Red Wings have 10 games left, and are only three points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers and four ahead of the Arizona Coyotes. Both of those teams are playing better than the Red Wings. Detroit’s draft status could improve even more.
Carter Mazur Watch
Several reports say the Detroit Red Wings are moving toward the signing of 2021 draft pick Carter Mazur. He’s coming off 22-goal sophomore season at Denver. He plays with belligerence, and has been compared to Tyler Bertuzzi.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
William Wallinder will help his development by playing some games for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season.
It’s still unclear how long Ville Husso will be sidelined with an injury.
Can Marco Kasper make the Red Wings’ roster next season? He seems to believe he has a shot.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (31-32-9) play the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena . The Red Wings have lost 12 out of their last 15 games.
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Boston: Jake DeBrusk adds a wink to his shootout routine. Boston Bruins.
Colorado: Avalanche can control their own destiny if they beat the Minnesota Wild Wednesday in an important Central Division matchup. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Panthers suffer costly loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Panthers’ playoff hopes are sliding downward. The Senators’ win does help Detroit’s draft status. Florida Panthers.
Montreal: The Denis Gurianov gamble is paying off the Montreal Canadiens.
Philadelphia: The Flyers youth movement is gaining momentum as they signed another prospect defenseman. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Detroit area native Jeff Petry will be a game-time decision when the Penguins play in Detroit Tuesday night.
San Jose: Former Harvard player Henry Thrun set to make his NHL debut. San Jose Sharks.