2011 NHL Draft: Comparing Detroit Red Wings Draft Prospects to NHL Talent

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2011 NHL Draft: Comparing Detroit Red Wings Draft Prospects to NHL Talent
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I watched live, with great anticipation as the 2011 NHL Entry Draft commenced last Friday. I was almost certain of how the Red Wings' draft would play out. I felt as if I could be part of the organization with my prophetic ignorance.

I sat patiently, watching as 2011’s elite prospects were selected by NHL teams not named Red Wings.

But I sat, sure that a marquee player would fall to Detroit.

I was positive that Detroit was going to select Vladislav Namestnikov with the 24th overall selection.  

Then it happened.

In a trade with the Ottawa Senators, the Detroit Red Wings would trade out of the first round, exchanging their 24th overall selection for two second round selections.

Initially I wasn’t very excited about the Detroit Red Wings trading out of the first round. Inappropriate verbiage on my part immediately followed the trade announcement.

But then following what Detroit was able to do in the second day of the draft, I had made a miraculous recovery.

Though the Red Wings traded out of the first round, they were still able to find first round talent in the second round. Tomas Jurco, and Xavier Ouellet could have easily been selected in the first round.

Ryan Sproul was a value pick with the 55th overall selection.

And to find Alan Quine in the third round is unbelievable, he’s about as solid a hockey player as young prospects come.

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