The knock on the Detroit Red Wings over the past decade or so is the team's collective size. Sure, there are the outliers like Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi or Justin Abdelkader, but for the most part, the team is pretty small.
Now, don't be mistaken, it is still difficult as anything to knock a healthy Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk off of the puck, but the Red Wings need some size in their top-six forwards group sooner rather than later.
Which player would fill the role best from the 2014 NHL Draft?
Enter a player of Nicholas Ritchie's stature.
The 6'2" 226-pound power forward of the Peterborough Petes is the No. 7 player on NHL.com's North American skater rankings. While the Red Wings would have to move up substantially from their current No. 15 selection, taking Ritchie would greatly benefit the size component of the Red Wings top-six forwards group.
Ritchie knows how to get to the net, and his big frame allows him to dominate lesser opponents closer to the opposition's net. He had the five-goal night, as can be seen above, but his real impressiveness is his consistency in getting to the net and keeping the puck on his stick as he does so.
The real thing to like about Ritchie, though, is his ability and determination to get second-chance opportunities.
The Red Wings would do well to move up and take the behemoth left wing.