The Detroit Red Wings completed the 2013 NHL draft on Sunday and chose players primarily from north of the border. Ken holland and the Red Wings selected 7 Canadian players and 2 swedish players.
The Canadian invasion started in the first round with the left-handed shooting left winger, Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings originally had the 18th pick in the first round but the San Jose Sharks wanted to leapfrog the Columbus Blue Jackets to select Micro Mueller. Ken Holland traded the 18th pick for the #20 and #56 pick. The Wings still got the player they targeted (Mantha) and were able to turn the #56 pick into Tyler Bertuzzi, nephew of Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi.
Here are the Detroit Red Wings Draft Results for the 2013 NHL Draft with brief descriptions by HockeysFurture.com
1st Round – #20 Anthony Mantha – LW – Canada
Pure and simple, Mantha is a goal scorer. He has a great frame that he uses to fight through traffic, solid puck awareness and offensive positioning, all topped off with a heavy wrister that he can fire off quickly and smoothly. He also skates extremely well, but his consistency on the ice and effort level has come into question. For a player of his size, he needs to keep his feet moving and work hard on both sides of the puck.
2nd Round -#48 Zach Natasiuk – RW – Canada
Nastasiuk is a solid winger but needs to improve his overall skating ability. He has a nose for the net (finishing the campaign with 20 goals), and could project to being a solid third-line player that brings an offensive touch to his game.
2nd Round – #56 Tyler Bertuzzi – LW – Canada
Nephew of Todd Bettuzzi 19 goals and 20 assists for Guelph of the OH
#79 Mattias Janmark-Nylen – C -Sweden
He has a lot of skill, good offensive instincts, decent body. Feet are a little heavy”
#109 David Pope – LW – Canada
Pope was the fourth-leading scorer for the Warriors despite missing 14 games due to injury and in December committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15. He scored 17 goals with 22 assists and had 20 penalty minutes in 42 games
#139 Mitchell Wheaten – D – Canada
Big body on Rockets blueline. Moves well laterally. Able to use long reach to stymie opponents. A stay-at-home defenseman. Seldom challenged by opponents. Hampered by serious shoulder injury this season.
#169 Marc McNulty – D -Canada
Big defenseman who you’re taking for size. Skating and decisions need work. Ok with the puck.
#199 Hampus Melen – RW – Sweden
6’2 148 pounds. This has to be one of the 4 year projects that Holland and Co. were talking about.