The NHL draft is here, and each club’s front office is finalizing its strategy with hopes, wants and needs. Each team has certain talent in mind, but will also keep its options and phone lines open.
The Detroit Red Wings have the 15th overall pick, their highest since taking Martin Lapointe with the 10th choice in 1991. However, if history is any indication, trading down is a more likely scenario.
In seven of the last eight seasons the Red Wings have had a first-round pick, they have traded down, often acquiring an additional pick in the process.
It’s a tough decision to make, but Detroit traded out of the 18th spot in 2013, selecting Anthony Mantha at No. 20 and Tyler Bertuzzi with the additional pick acquired (58th overall).
Detroit has made some quality decisions in the first round, as well. Only one of its last five opening-round selections has yet to reach the NHL, four of which have an opportunity to crack the roster for the 2014-15 campaign.
These are the new grades for Detroit’s last five first-round draft picks.