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.