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https://www.nhl.com/redwings/news/red-wings-get-their-man-filip-zadina-at-no-6/c-299196806

I love Zadina already:

"It feels awesome. I feel so happy right now. I don't get it still that I am in Detroit, so maybe tomorrow when I wake up I will just say, 'OK I am in Detroit.' I am so happy. It's gone so quick that I can't even realize it that I am in Detroit."

"Everybody else was probably expecting that I'm going to be in Montreal but it's a draft, anything can happen. "I was projected third, I'm going six. I don't really care about numbers. I'm just glad I can be in Detroit. It's an awesome team and hope it's going to fit me well."

However, Zadina did note that Montreal and Ottawa are both in the Atlantic Division with Detroit and he would likely be seeing them a lot.

"I told my agent if they will pass on me I'm going to fill up their net with pucks," Zadina said. "I just want to prove to them they did a bad decision. I'm so glad I'm in Detroit. I just want to prove to Detroit they made a good decision."

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Bob Mackenzie's final pre-draft top 93 ranking:

4. Zadina - Wings picked him at #6

14. Veleno - Wings picked him at #30. Thanks Tatar!

1st round is over. Still available to the Wings, who have the 2nd pick tomorrow are Bob's #25, Wilde, D and Bob's #26, McIsaac, D.

 

 

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The Wings still have a long way to go, but this coming season could be the last one of the Wings' rock-bottom stage. Should trending upwards in 2019-20, at what pace remains to be seen. With now some hope for the future, now more than ever am I willing to bite the bullet and be dismal this coming season, sell off any non-core for picks and have another nice draft next year.

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Another good morning for the Wings. Forward Berrgren at 33, defenseman McIsaac at 36. Both had been projected 1st rounders. Great year to stock up on picks. Wilde dropped to 41 to the Islanders. Apparently issues came up with Wilde in due diligence - his intelligence on and off the ice, sounds like. Still, you don't expect a player like that at 41 and NYI and Detroit are the considered the consensus winners of the draft so far. Hope that's still the view 5 years from now.

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2 hours ago, lordstanley said:

Another good morning for the Wings. Forward Berrgren at 33, defenseman McIsaac at 36. Both had been projected 1st rounders. Great year to stock up on picks. Wilde dropped to 41 to the Islanders. Apparently issues came up with Wilde in due diligence - his intelligence on and off the ice, sounds like. Still, you don't expect a player like that at 41 and NYI and Detroit are the considered the consensus winners of the draft so far. Hope that's still the view 5 years from now.

I read Wilde also came into the combine out of shape, which especially for the Wings I imagine is a fairly big red flag (Drapers eye probably started twitching at a guy not working out).  I saw Berrgren mocked to the wings at 30 and McIsaac has a lot of praise coming into the draft. I dig.

 

Wings got another goalie too.  Drafted Ryan O’Reilly...don’t let him drive near Tim Hortons just in case.

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50 minutes ago, drownwithyou said:

I read Wilde also came into the combine out of shape, which especially for the Wings I imagine is a fairly big red flag (Drapers eye probably started twitching at a guy not working out).  I saw Berrgren mocked to the wings at 30 and McIsaac has a lot of praise coming into the draft. I dig.

 

Wings got another goalie too.  Drafted Ryan O’Reilly...don’t let him drive near Tim Hortons just in case.

Eliasson was the goalie they drafted in the third.  They drafted another in the 6th round.

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13 minutes ago, cruzer1 said:

Eliasson was the goalie they drafted in the third.  They drafted another in the 6th round.

Ya the 6th rounder is a 21 year old from Sweden, so he was passed over in other drafts.  He put up .919 SV% in Sweden's second tier and is slated to be in the top league this year.  Hoping this was a Hakan pick of a later bloomer.

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I think the Wings did quite well for themselves - for the most part - but it's hard to tell.    Could be that other teams really helped them do quite well for themselves. 

This should start to show right around the same time all the Tiger prospects are starting to come up.

 

I have a feeling the philosophy of letting guys stay in the minors forever will probably change soon.   We'll probably see Rasmussen this year and a couple of these forwards next year (2019/20).  

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1 hour ago, Motor City Sonics said:

I think the Wings did quite well for themselves - for the most part - but it's hard to tell.    Could be that other teams really helped them do quite well for themselves. 

A little of both I would say, no panic trades (they mentioned they discussed trading up for Veleno but waited instead) and let guys fall due to other teams drafting for needs.  Smart for a rebuild, but also helped by the others.

 

I would be shocked if Zadina isn't in the NHL next season.

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