NASHVILLE — The Detroit Red Wings drafted Dylan Larkin 15th overall. Filip Zadina went sixth. Pavel Datsyuk was selected 171st overall in 1998. The Red Wings drafted offensive star Fred Williams fourth overall in 1976 and he scored two goals in 44 games in his NHL career.
The NHL draft can be a mixed bag.
But under Steve Yzerman, it has been productive (Moritz Seider, Lucas Raymond, Simon Edvinsson, etc.) and always intriguing. The Red Wings have not been among the handful of NHL teams that have made deals in the run-up to the tonight’s first round (ESPN at 7 p.m. ET). But it’s not been for a lack of desire.
Rival general managers say Yzerman is trying to land a scoring forward. He has been connected to negotiations for Ottawa’s Alex DeBrincat and Philadelphia’ Travis Konecny.
This is a deep draft, and Yzerman has five picks in the top 43. He is unlikely to move the No. 9 pick tonight because it will land him another important piece in the rebuild. But he probably would move the No. 17 and one of his second rounders for a proven offensive player like either of those forwards.
Friedman on Sportnet talking DeBrincat/Detroit: “I believe DeBrincat will end up in Detroit, but that’s not a guarantee, I might turn out to be wrong on that one, but I think that’s been a real challenge with those two teams trying to get it to the finish line”
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 28, 2023
Red Wings Offseason
The Red Wings have three second round picks for this draft. Fans can only hope the scenario goes better than it did in 2011 when three second round picks and chose Tomas Jurko (35th), Xavier Ouelllet (48th), Ryan Sproul (55th). They passed on Nikita Kucherov three times, plus John Gibson, William Karlsson and Brandon Saad.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Red Wings fans may get a chance to see Connor Bedard very early in his NHL career. One of Detroit’s preseason games at Little Caesars Arena will feature the Blackhawks.
- The Red Wings released their 2023-24 NHL schedule. They open against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That’s alwmaays fun for ex-Lightning employees Steve Yzerman and Derek Lalonde. Detroit’s
- Could the Red Wings be interested in Colby Barlow with pick No. 9? Tim Robinson looks his potential.
- Dominik Kubalik said he wants to be more consistent for the Red Wings next season.
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Boston: Jimmy Murphy questions whether the Boston Bruins are starting to prepare more for a retooling of the roster. Salary cap issues may force that. Boston Bruins
Buffalo: Potential UFA Erik Johnson might be a good fallback option on defense for the Buffalo Sabres.
Chicago: Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Happy Connor Bedard Day! Writer Nate Brown says it was a franchise-changing event when the Blackhawks won the lottery. Chicago Blackhawks.
Colorado: Evan Rawal writes that the Alex Newhook deal has to be the first step of a larger plan. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Anton Lundell had a breakthrough this postseason. Will this launch him toward more success? Florida Panthers.
Philadelphia: Chuck Bausman provides updates on the proposed St. Louis-Philadelphia trade. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Do the Penguins have a shot at landing Zach Benson at No. 14? He seems like a low risk, high reward prospect. Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington: Ryan Leonard might be a perfect fit for the Capitals’ mindset. Washington Capitals.
Vegas: Goalie Adin Hill may be the biggest winner of them all. Because he played so impressively well in the postseason, the Golden Knights are close to giving him a two-year deal worth $9.8 million. Vegas Golden Knights.