Ryan Leonard was Team USA’s hero at the World U18 championship on the weekend, which just might be of interest to Detroit Red Wings fans. Leonard scored 2:20 into overtime as the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team came back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 win over Sweden and capture the gold medal in Basel, Switzerland.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) April 30, 2023
If Detroit’s usual draft lottery luck holds up – meaning the Red Wings will have no luck at all – they’ll be picking ninth in the first round of the NHL entry draft. Last week, Kevin Allen detailed the list of players who are projecting to be in the wheelhouse at No. 9 and Leonard is a prominent figure among that group. He scored 50 goals in 55 games this season for the USNTDP U18 squad.
Another member of that USA Hockey championship club was defenseman Zeev Buium. He’s the younger brother of 2021 Red Wings draftee Shai Buium, currently playing college hockey at Denver and isn’t draft-eligible until 2024.
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- Detroit figures to be in the market this offseason for a right-shot defenseman
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Whipping the New York Rangers 4-0 in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup first-round series, one of the scorers for the New Jersey Devils was former Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar. It was his first goal of the postseason.
This place is on FIRE🔥🔥 TOMAS TATAR!!! pic.twitter.com/rhpVbFO0Zz
— x – Devils on MSG (@DevilsMSGN) May 2, 2023
On April 17, 2016, Tatar drew an assist in a 2-0 Detroit victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in what remains the most recent playoff victory by a Red Wings team. Just eight players who suited up for Detroit in that game are still active in the NBHL – Tatar, Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou, Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Petr Mrazek and Dylan Larkin.
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Florida: Canadians may be nice, polite folks but that doesn’t mean the Florida Panthers want to see any of them in their rink as they battle the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the playoffs.
Vegas: Defenseman Brayden McNabb was an absentee from Monday’s Vegas Golden Knights practice and is uncertain for Game 1 of the second round against the Edmonton Oilers.
Boston: There are reports that Boston Bruins netminder Linus Ullmark was playing hurt during the playoffs.
Colorado: It was painfully evident as the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Seattle Kraken in the opening playoff round. This team is in need of a second-line center.
Montreal: Big decisions loom on the horizon for the Montreal Canadiens regarding their restricted free agents.
Pittsburgh: Would the Pittsburgh Penguins consider a reunion with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury?
Calgary: Opting for a fresh start, the Calgary Flames dismissed coach Darryl Sutter.
San Jose: Should the San Jose Sharks look to trade forward Kevin Labanc?
Los Angeles: Coach Todd McLellan discusses his future after the Los Angeles Kings bowed out of the playoffs.