Detroit Red Wings 2012 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

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Detroit Red Wings 2012 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

No, the above picture is not of a young Rick Springfield and John Travolta, it's 1983 first-round draft pick Steve Yzerman and then-Head Coach Nick Polano. The Red Wings hit a home run that year, even if they stopped drafting after the first round.

However, they went on to draft Bob Probert in the third round, Petr Klima and Joey Kocur in the fifth round and Stu Grimson in the 10th round.

This year's draft certainly doesn't offer the promise and hope of 1983, but it does feel like a rebirth of sorts with the retirement of longtime defenseman and captain Nick Lidstrom. The Red Wings will most likely make the biggest adjustments to their roster via free agency and potentially trades.

That doesn't mean that the scouts haven't been hard at work trying to find the next late-round steal. After all, Pavel Datsyuk was quite a find in the sixth round of 1998 at pick 171. "Eurotwin" Henrik Zetterberg was taken a year later and a round later at pick number 210.

Detroit has six picks in this year's NHL draft and will certainly be looking to build on a storied tradition of finding greatness in the later rounds. They gave up their first-round pick to Tampa for Kyle Quincey in a trade last spring, so Ken Holland will have to wait until day two of the draft before he flexes his brain cells.

The first round of the draft is Friday, and Rounds 2 through 7 are Saturday. So much for looking for the second coming of Stu Grimson in this year's 10th round.

Here is the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings draft 2012:

Round 2 - 49th overall

Round 3 - 80th overall

Round 4 - 110th overall

Round 5 - 140th overall

Round 6 - 170th overall

Round 7 - 200th overall

Barring any trading of spots, the front office in Motown will be hard at work looking for another diamond (or two) in the rough.

Post Draft- Now that the draft has ended, here are the 2012 Detroit Red Wings draft picks.

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