Detroit Red Wings: 2019 NHL Draft Chatter, TV Schedule, Draft Order

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For the third straight year, the Detroit Red Wings will have a top-ten pick in the NHL Draft.  For the second straight season, the organization will make their selection with the sixth overall pick. It’s another tremendous opportunity to pick an impact player, perhaps a franchise player.

While most of the attention has been surrounding forward Jack Hughes who’s expected to be another generational type talent, Kaapo Kakko is no slouch.  Although he’s projected to go second, Kakko is more NHL ready than Hughes as he’s already played a season overseas against grown men. During 45 games this past season playing in the Swedish Elite League he recorded 38 points that included 22 goals.  The Detroit Red Wings won’t have a shot at either player tonight, but it doesn’t precisely limit their options picking at six.

Jack Hughes is expected to end up in New Jersey; he played a combined 50 games this year with the U.S National Team, he recorded 100 points.  He’s more of a playmaking center scoring 25 goals to go with 75 assists.

The immediate hope for Detroit Red Wings fans is that somehow Bowen Byram falls past the L.A Kings who pick fifth and fall into their lap similarily to how the Wings landed Filip Zadina at six last year.  Zadina by all accounts was expected to go third overall, but like so many times, unexpected choices occur. At the moment forward Alex Turcotte is slated to be picked third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.  He’d be my second choice after Byram for the Detroit Red Wings to nab.

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There is a very good chance that those four players we’ve just talked about will be gone.  There are plenty of other top players in this draft.  Center Dylan Cozens would fit in perfectly with the Detroit Red Wings.  A bigger version and less skilled than Hughes. Cozens is more of a playmaker, and he displays blazing speed to go along with his willingness to play a 200-foot game; something the Red Wings something admirable to the Red Wings organization.

There are plenty of other options, but as you can see, it’s very forward friendly.  Cole Caufield while he’s a bit undersized (that doesn’t matter much anymore) he’s the purest sniper in the draft, something the Red Wings desperately need. A product from Russia in Vasily Podkolzin or Trevor Zegras from the U.S Development team, or possibly Kirby Dach.

Steve Yzerman is a great poker player; he never tips his hand.  Recently with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he traded away plenty of his first-round picks before the trade deadline as he’s been trying to contend for a Stanley Cup.  This is a bit different; he’s locked in with a top-ten pick; I expect Yzerman to use the best player available approach as he hopes to land a franchise player to compliment Dylan Larkin & company.

First-Round NHL Draft Order:

1. New Jersey Devils

2. New York Rangers

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Colorado Avalanche (from Senators)

5. Los Angeles Kings

6. Detroit Red Wings

7. Buffalo Sabres

8. Edmonton Oilers

9. Anaheim Ducks

10. Vancouver Canucks

11. Philadelphia Flyers

12. Minnesota Wild

13. Florida Panthers

14. Arizona Coyotes

15. Montreal Canadiens

16. Colorado Avalanche

17. Vegas Golden Knights

18. Dallas Stars

19. Ottawa Senators (from Blue Jackets)

20. Winnipeg Jets (from Rangers)

21. Pittsburgh Penguins

22. Los Angeles Kings (from Maple Leafs)

23. New York Islanders

24. Nashville Predators

25. Washington Capitals

26. Calgary Flames

27. Tampa Bay Lightning

28. Carolina Hurricanes

29. Anaheim Ducks (from Sharks via Sabres)

30. Boston Bruins

31. Buffalo Sabres (from Blues)

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NHL draft details:

  • Where: Rodgers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • When:  (First round) Friday, June 21, 2019, (rounds 2-7) Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • Time:  Round One begins on Friday at 8 pm EST & Rounds 2-7 resume on Saturday at 11 am EST
  • TV: NBCSN or NHL Network
  • Stream: ESPN+
  • Social Media: Detroit Jock City