Detroit Red Wings: Draft Review

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJune 22, 2008

First Round, 30th Overall:

Thomas McCollum—G, Guelph (OHL). Catches: L. 6'2", 205 lbs.

Strengths: Very athletic goalie who fills a lot of the net. He's got a great glove hand and amazing rebound control. He is a butterfly-style goaltender with an abundance of confidence. He is also an above-average puck handler.

Weaknesses: Needs to work on his technique some more.

Potential: Number-one goaltender.


Third Round, 91st Overall:

Max Nicastro—D, Chicago Steel (USHL). 6'2", 189 lbs. 

Strengths: He plays a very good all-around game, but is first and foremost very responsible in his own end. He’s a good puckhandling blueliner, who can make a great first pass or join the rush when needed. He makes good reads at both ends of the ice.

Nicastro has showed that he is able to get on the right side of the opposing player and attack effectively, causing turnovers with his stickwork. He’s good at closing up lanes and stealing passes. He was used in all situations for the Steel, playing on the top power-play and penalty-kill units.

Nicastro has good offensive upside, plays the puck well, has good vision and big shot.

Weaknesses: A long way away from the NHL. Played in a weak league, which makes it hard to truly judge the talent he has.

Potential: Third- or fourth-line defenseman.


Fourth Round, 121st Overall:

Gustav Nyquist—C, Sweden (SEL). 5'10", 169 lbs. 

Strengths: A very speedy forward with impressive agility, acceleration, and top speed. Nyquist has also good hockey sense, good technical skills and plenty of creativity. An entertaining player to watch that likes to challenge his opponents.

All around, a good scorer and passer. Nyquisty will be playing with Maine (NCAA) for the '08-09 season.

Weaknesses: Needs to work on his defensive game.  Looks to be another long-term prospect.

Potential: Second-line center.


Fifth Round, 151st Overall:

Julien Cayer—C,  Northwood School (USHL). 6'4", 186 lbs. 

Strengths: Uses his big body to his advantage. Above-average skater.

Weaknesses: Doesn't play a great two-way game.  Played against weaker competition then most players who were drafted.

Potential: Third- or fourth-line center.


Sixth Round, 181st Overall:

Stephen Johnston—LW, Belleville (OHL). 6'1", 175 lbs. 

Strengths: Very aware defensively. He is a strong skater with an excellent hockey sense.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have much of an offensive game at all.

Potential: Fourth-line center.


Seventh Round, 211th Overall:

Jesper Samuelsson—C, Timra (SEL). 6'0", 179 lbs. 

Strengths: Fast skater, great passing skills. Good defensively.

Weaknesses: Skinny for his height. Needs to develop more upper-body strength.

Potential: Third-line center.