The 2017 NHL Entry Draft has been widely regarded as a bit thin on talent, especially compared to last year. One of the teams that really needed to bolster their roster was the Detroit Red Wings, making this draft all the more important. Here we’ll take a quick look at the players drafted by Detroit, followed by some fans’ thoughts.
You can read Kyle’s full article on Rasmussen here, but 9th overall pick looks like a promising addition to the Red Wings and the addition of a tall, strong power forward should give Wings fans something to get excited about. Has a great finish and will likely be the first to make the Wings’ roster.
I wouldn’t put past Ken Holland to draft a D-man purely becuase his name sounds like ‘Lidstrom’. Originally ranked 25th, there would have been a few teams kicking the tyres on Lindstrom but it looks on paper like the Wings have drafted well. Lindstrom already has some international experience, having represented Sweden’s U20 team. His skating ability has been called into question a little in the scouting reports.
The Wings went third round crazy! Finn Kasper Kotkansalo has been playing his hockey in Sioux Falls for the last year where he tallied 12 points in 47 games. He’s also averaged nearly a penalty minute per game which is a bit of a worry. Right Winger Lane Zablocki compares his style of play to Brad Marchand. Oh boy. Anyway Zablocki scores for fun and according to his scouting reports, is a jack-of-all-trades but master of none. That’s not always a bad thing and if his two-way game is strong, we might see him Zablocking some shots soon. He’s an agitator but will also be a fan-favourite.
In 60 games with the Pete-Petes Zach Gallant scored 21 regular seasons goals and notched eight assists in the playoffs, he also notched up 1.23 penalties minutes per game. Still, he’s a fast, left shooting centre which brings options to any roster. OHL coaches voted Gallant te bet defensive forward in the league. Goalie Keith Petruzzelli has had his fair share of tournament experience and has delivered some great numbers. He’s big and athletic but drafting goalies is a bit of a crapshoot so expectations are low.
Not much is known about the big Danish blue liner, but he’s 6’4″ and is physically strong. Something that Detroit could really do with. Scored 12 points in his last season with Malmo.
Another big defenseman; Fraser isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. Nicklas Kronwall was one of Fraser’s role-models when growing up, and if he can emulate the Swede’s style then he has the ability to become a fan favourite. An absolute stay-at-home defenseman.
John ‘Jack’ Adams has really started to find his feet recently with the USHL’s Fargo Force and was the league’s leading goal scorer last season. Having an out-and-out goalscorer is something the Wings desperately need. Reilly Webb seems like an odd choice. The kid has potential but has missed a lot of games through injury.
The final pick of the Red Wings’ draft was Brady Gilmour and his drafting took a few by surprise, not least Gilmour himself who was playing golf when he got the call. The Saginaw Spirit’s alternate captain is promising but as a smaller guy needs to work on building his physical strength.
Mike – So have the Red Wings drafted well? Yeah. As well as can be expected with a draft class this average. Rasmussen is clearly the most exciting of the lot. Conversely I don’t expect to see Webb get ice-time in the NHL. Setkov is an absolute unknown quantity so the jury is out on that. The rest of the picks are safe but I don’t think there was any really gambles worth taking with the picks that the team had.
Kyle – I like this draft, going into it everyone knew the talent was meek. The Wings drafted what they needed and played it safe. The size of almost every player is what makes me give them a passing grade. For years I’ve been saying they need to get bigger and more physical. For once they finally heard me. I’m not sure how many of these players will ever make it to the starting lineup but this is a good start.
Gwen – Am I happy? No. Detroit passed on Timothy Liljegren and I feel a little disappointed with this decision. They let the Toronto Maple Leafs add another good player to their already stacked roster. Detroit needs defense and Ken Holland passed on one of the better players in that position. I’d like to use a bunch of swear words, but this is a family friendly site.
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