NHL Draft 2012: 3 Defensemen Detroit Red Wings Should Look at in 2nd Round
The lack of a first-round pick hasn't seemed to thwart the Red Wings' success in the draft over the past two decades and more.
But Detroit's success only matters if it continues to "replenish the cupboards" so to speak.
Detroit has a fairly empty cupboard in a couple positions, one of them being on the blue line.
Brendan Smith will likely challenge for a roster spot this season and after Smith, hockeysfuture.com doesn't have anybody over a 7.0 for Detroit.
Detroit's first pick of the draft will be at 49th overall and here are three defensemen that they could select with that pick.
1. Jake McCabe
Roll the highlight reels!
Don't read the rest of this commentary until you watch that video.
In North America, Jake McCabe is ranked 47th, meaning that he could go either middle to late second round or early third round.
If Detroit is looking for a solid choice on the blue line, there is not a better defenseman that will likely still be on the board than when the 49th pick comes up in the second round.
McCabe (contrary to the move on the highlight above) is not a top offensive force, but was just a freshman at the University of Wisconsin this past season with three goals and 12 points.
He's a very solid player in his own zone, but despite the highlight above and his talent in his own zone, McCabe will not go any higher than middle to late second round.
This is not because of his ranking, but because of the severed tendon that he sustained when his teammate's skate sliced him.
Why is he worth the risk?
As a second-round pick, McCabe had 12 points in 26 games last year, missing just 11 games with that freak injury.
His offensive game is growing by leaps and bounds as he posted just 15 points in 38 games the previous year as a member of USA's U-18 team.
2. Damon Severson
Damon Severson might be the best offensive defenseman that won't go in the first round.
This past season with the Kelowna Rockets, Severson had seven goals and 37 assists in just 56 games.
That was far better than his 2010-11 season where he put up just 17 points in 64 games.
For Severson it would be a big drop to the 49th selection of the Detroit Red Wings as Andrew Eide from the Hockey Writers has him going in the high to middle second round.
The big right-handed defenseman is just 17 years old and wouldn't be in a Red Wings uniform for at least three or four seasons. However, he has a big time offensive upside and at 6'2", 200 pounds, Severson is in good shape as far as physical stature is concerned.
He would be a steal at 49th for Detroit and it would be a surprise to see him fall that far, but hey, stranger things have happened.
3. Trevor Carrick
Trevor Carrick is a work in progress.
Ranked as the 44th North American skater, Carrick put up six goals and 19 points in 68 OHL games this season with Mississauga.
He's only 17 years old and at 172 pounds he's got some weight to put on if he hopes to be an NHL defenseman someday.
From a Red Wings perspective, I look at Carrick as possibly falling to Detroit's selection at 49th, just because of his appearance and offensive output last season.
But Detroit has drafted some players that some teams passed over for unknown reasons and they have been "steals" in hindsight.
Perhaps Carrick will be the steal of the second round for the Red Wings this Draft.
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