Detroit Red Wings: Brendan Smith and Detroit's 5 Most Well-Kept Secrets

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Detroit Red Wings: Brendan Smith and Detroit's 5 Most Well-Kept Secrets
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Something that a lot of people haven't quite figured out yet is that the Detroit Red Wings have a knack for drafting and developing players well.

A lot of people call it luck, but I'd say a team that drafts Pavel Datsyuk (sixth round), Henrik Zetterberg (seventh), Nicklas Lidstrom (third), Johan Franzen (third), Valtteri Filppula (third), Sergei Fedorov (third), Tomas Holmstrom (10th) and Darren Helm (fifth) is a little more than lucky.

Nonetheless, roughly a decade after people began chanting about how the Wings' door was closing with the aging of Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov, those same people have come back to do it again.

I guess it's true what they say—those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

With that, let's look at the top five prospects in the Red Wings system.

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