Drafting Skills: Detroit Red Wings

Recent Draft History – Evaluating the first 3 rounds of the last 5 Drafts for each team. I’ve left out 2016, as it’s way too early to tell on 95% of the picks. Instead, this will be examining drafts from 2011 to 2015.

Detroit Red Wings

2011 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Pick was traded to Ottawa for the two 2nd round picks in this draft used on Jurco and Ouellet. The Sens picked Matt Puempel here, who hasn’t become anything significant.

Round 2 – Tomas Jurco (LW) 35th overall – Jurco didn’t pan out as expected, but has become a reliable 3rd/4th line winger. He’s now in Chicago, after being traded for a 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft. He was dominant in junior, but played alongside Jonathan Huberdeau. Comparing him to others from the 2nd round, Jurco was a smart pick here by the Wings.

Round 2 – Xavier Ouellet (D) 48th overall – Ouellet played his first full season in the NHL this year, but did so poorly. He had tough a poor possession rating, mind you it was on a weak Detroit team. That being said, he has yet to eclipse the 100 game mark, 6 years after being drafted. The Wings were hoping for more with this selection.

Round 2 – Ryan Sproul (D) 55th overall – Sproul is shaping up to be a bad pick as well, as he’s only suited up for 28 games since being drafted. In those 28 games, he had 6 points and finished on the bottom pairing of a weak Detroit team. Not a great draft for the Wings.

Round 3 – Alan Quine (C) 85th overall – The Wings didn’t sign Quine after drafting him, and he instead was then selected by the Islanders in 2013. He played in 61 games this past year, scoring 18 points. Another bad pick by the Wings, as they essentially threw this pick away.

Notes: Alexey Marchenko drafted in 7th round (205th overall). Marchenko has played in 121 NHL games, another good find in the 7th round for Detroit, who often seem to pull these out of nowhere.

2012 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Pick was traded to Tampa Bay for Kyle Quincey. This pick became Andrei Vasilevski, who has blossomed into the starting role for Tampa Bay. Quincey played 4 seasons in Detroit, before leaving in free agency. One would have to assume they would much rather have Vasilevski on their current roster than having made this trade, looking back now.

Round 2 – Martin Frk (RW) 49th overall – Frk essentially flopped after coming out of junior, where he dominated his final year with 84 points in 56 games. He was claimed off waivers this past season by Carolina, and has only seen action in 2 NHL games. He had a good year at the AHL level, with 50 points in 65 games, but this coming training camp could be his last shot to make an NHL roster as a permanent fixture. Right now, it looks like a poor pick by Detroit, especially with Colton Sissons being taken immediately after him, and having reached 100 games played already.

Round 3 – Jake Paterson (G) 80th overall – Swing and a miss again, as Paterson played this season in the ECHL. He had OK numbers, but looks more and more like he won’t develop into an NHL goalie of any means, even a depth call-up.

Notes: Andreas Athanasiou drafted 4th round (110th overall). He’s the one bright spot from this draft, as he shows blaring speed and his hands are starting to catch up with him. He isn’t a top-6 player yet, but could be before long if he continues to improve.

2013 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Anthony Mantha (RW) 20th overall – Mantha had a great year for Detroit, scoring 17 goals and 36 points in 60 games. He’s part of the future in Detroit, and looks like he’ll be a force in the top-6 forward group for the foreseeable future for Detroit. Great find here, moving down 2 spots and ending up with the better player than who San Jose chose to take.

Round 2 – Zach Nastasiuk (RW) 48th overall – Not a great pick here, as Nastasiuk played the majority of the year in the ECHL, and has yet to establish himself as an AHL player, let alone a legit NHL prospect. Grand Rapids has a great team, but not being able to make it at 22 years old is generally a bad sign.

Round 2 – Tyler Bertuzzi (LW) 58th overall – Received this pick from San Jose to move down from 18th to 20th in round 1, so that San Jose could select Mirco Mueller. Bertuzzi had a good year, finishing with a Calder Cup win with 19 points in 19 games; he even saw 7 games at the NHL level. With Detroit hoping to continue their winning ways, he’ll likely need to have a good camp to make the team. He should be able to force his way into the bottom-6 early next year, and looks like a good pick late in round 2 back in 2013.

Round 3 – Mattias Janmark-Nylen (C) 79th overall – Janmark was traded to Dallas as part of the package that brought in Erik Cole. Janmark missed this past season after breaking his leg, but put up great numbers as a rookie, with 15 goals and 29 points in 73 games in 2015-2016. He looks to have a bright future with Dallas, while Cole played all of 11 games for Detroit.

2014 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Dylan Larkin (C) 15th overall – Larkin looks like a big steal at 15th overall in 2014, after scoring 23 goals and 45 points in his rookie campaign 2 seasons ago. He took a bit of a step back this year, putting up only 32 points, but it was a down year in general for Detroit. He has high-end speed and skill that should make him a nightmare to play against for the foreseeable future, Detroit would be more than happy with this pick.

Round 2 – Pick was traded to Nashville for David Legwand, along with Patrick Eaves and Calle Jarnkrok. Baaaad trade for Detroit, as Eaves and Jarnkrok both had great years this past season, while Legwand played in only 21 games for Detroit before leaving for Ottawa. It’s trades like this, where Detroit was pushing to stay competitive that are currently hurting them.

Round 3 – Dominic Turgeon (C) 63rd overall – Bad pick, as he only made his AHL debut this year, scoring only 18 points in 71 games. He likely won’t develop into anything more than an emergency call-up, if that.

2015 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Evgeny Svechnikov (RW) 19th overall – Svechnikov looks like the real-deal, scoring 51 points in 74 AHL games, his first professional season. He has great speed, and quick hands that should continue to improve as he gets used to playing against tougher competition. He should challenge for an NHL spot next year, with the Wings looking to add more offense, and having a weak prospect pool.

Round 2 – Pick was traded to Dallas for Erik Cole. The pick became Roope Hintz, who had 30 points in 40 games in Switzerland this season. As I said above, I don’t like this trade for Cole, especially the further out it gets, the worse it looks.

Round 3 – Vili Saarijarvi (D) 73rd overall – He finished what is likely his last junior year with 31 points in 34 games. He’s a smaller d-man, but has great upside. Detroit is trying to avoid going full, but should almost with the very few bright spots they have such as Saarijarvi. He should slot into the AHL next year, where he can learn the pro-game. Good pick here by Detroit.

Detroit has always been known for their impressive drafting ability, but have struggled a bit early in this article in my opinion. They’ve made some good picks in recent years, but their poor trading has hurt them. They’re not stock-piled with prospects, and judging by recent comments, they have no interest in going full-rebuild. It’ll be interesting to see what happens over the next few months, as their recent trades have NOT worked out in their favor.


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