Red Wings: Quinton Byfield or Tim Stützle falling to four is dream come true

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The Detroit Red Wings have the fourth overall pick, and it could be a dream come true if Quinton Byfield or Tim Stützle falls into Steve Yzerman’s lap.

The Detroit Red Wings have to have themselves a fantastic 2020 NHL Entry Draft, but what happens if one of the top three prospects falls into the lap of General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman.

The bottom line is, if Quinton Byfield or Tim Stützle are available to be selected at fourth overall, there is no reason not to pick either of them. Both of them have each been ranked as the second or third best prospects, but what if one of the preceding teams goes rogue?

It has been known for a while that Alexis Lafrenière is heading to the New York Rangers after phase two of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery was completed. But the Los Angeles Kings pick second, and the Ottawa Senators follow the Kings, picking third.

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The question is, will the Kings and Senators follow the predictions and mock drafts, taking Byfield and Stützle?

The hope is that one goes off script, selecting someone else leaving either for the Red Wings to scoop up at fourth.

Expectations point to the Red Wings grouping of names to choose from being defenseman Jamie Drysdale, forwards Cole Perfetti, Lucas Raymond, and Marco Rossi.

There is also the intriguing idea of selecting goaltender Yaroslav Askarov at fourth, shocking the fanbase once again.

Either way, the Red Wings should come away with a fantastic prospect to add the farm system and future of this organization.

It really would be amazing for one of these two prospects to fall into the lap of the Detroit Red Wings.

Byfield is a big, imposing threat in the offensive zone, and uses his size to his advantage. The 6-foot-4 centerman played his last two seasons for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

The attraction to Byfield is in his offense; in 2019-20, he registered 32 goals and 50 assists for 82 total points on the season. He is eighteen years old and still will grow into his frame; he makes things happen in the offensive zone that has scouts ranting and raving about him.

If Byfield falls to fourth overall, he could be a player to pull the trigger on based on the upside surrounding his offensive abilities. The odds of him falling to fourth seem too good to be true, but it could be quite the win for the Red Wings organization.

The other option is Stützle, who could be united with fellow German prospect Moritz Seider who the Red Wings selected sixth overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Stützle is a playmaking forward who also played his amateur hockey with Adler Mannheim of the DEL, similar to Seider.

In 2019-20, Stützle played in 41 games, where he scored seven games with 27 assists for 34 points on the season for Adler Mannheim. Stützle has been noted to be a fantastic playmaker who makes things happen all over the ice, finding the open man and creating scoring chances.

If the Red Wings could pair Stützle with the young forwards they have coming up, it could result in a very successful offensive core. On top of that, the cohesion that Seider and Stützle could bring to the table as two friends who had played some youth hockey together would be incredible.

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With some luck and other teams choosing to go rogue, the Detroit Red Wings could select one of these two top prospects if the opportunity presents itself.