The Detroit Red Wings have done some amazing things in the draft over the course of its history. So many stars have been selected on draft day and evolved into memorable talents, immortalized throughout the game.
From the 1989 draft with Nick Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov to last year’s first-round pick, Anthony Mantha, Detroit has a knack for getting the players it covets. As there are so many, it was very difficult to narrow down to just five.
This list was composed recognizing three criteria that determined their position—the round in which the player was selected, the significance of their production, and the impact they left on Hockeytown.
Not every top pick pans out at the professional level, and players taken in late rounds can develop into legends. The Red Wings have had experience with both, and they appear here as the five smartest draft picks in team history.