Petrella has a great rundown of the Wings’ picks at the Draft this weekend.
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I’m no good with prospects, so I’m deferring to Kyle on this. He’s got a review of the Wings’ draft choices here. Sounds like the Wings did pretty well, all things considered.
Since I usually avoid posting too much about draft picks (because I know next to nothing about them), I’ll refer you to a couple bloggers who have posted roundups: George Malik and Christy Hammond. They did a great job of covering the Wings’ picks in a number of posts, so scroll down and check them out, if you haven’t already.
I will say one thing about one of the picks: Joakim Andersson. I like the comparisons being made about him (Keith Primeau, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Samuel Pahlsson) and like his enthusiasm at having been drafted by the Wings. It’ll be interesting to see if he turns out to be another stud.
Christy Hammond has the details, as does James Gunner. Apparently, the Wings lobbied for the new system, which would help them get higher picks if they do end up getting eliminated in the first round. However, the condition that says regular season division title winners won’t get low placement kind of negates any advantage the team might have, if their history is any indication. Maybe they see a change in fortunes coming.
The Wings took 18-year-old Cory Emmerton 41st overall as their first pick of the draft. Emmerton scored 90 points (26G, 64A) in 66 games for the Kingston Frontenacs this past season, had an assist in the OHL All-Star Game and scored two goals in six games in the postseason.
Hockey’s Future has this to say about him:
A talented playmaker with offensive flair and a nose for the net, Emmerton is the type of forward that makes those around him better. He has a knack for finding the open man, or hitting a teammate in full-stride for an offensive chance.He has elite playmaking and passing skills and is solid on his skates. He could benefit from some extra attention on the defensive side of the game, but he projects to challenge for the OHL scoring title should he remain in the league next season, and could be a solid point-producer for years to come no matter what level he plays at.
He’s 5’11”, 177 pounds, shoots left, and plays center. A playmaker, evidentally, not a goal-scorer, and yet another center in the system.
The Wings’ second pick was Shawn Matthias, another 18-year-old center. Matthias played 67 games for the Belleville Bulls, notching just 13 goals and 21 assists over that span. He scored three goals in the first round of the OHL playoffs in six games.
Hockey’s Future has this to say about him:
He can skate and handle the puck, but he still needs to work on his two-way play. Never one to shy away from hard work, Matthias is considered to have NHL potential.
At 6’3″, 211 lbs., Matthias definitely has some size so he brings something the Wings could use if he really is NHL material.
For their third pick, the Wings took the 19-year-old Swede Dick Axelsson 62nd overall. Axelsson split his time between the Huddinge J20 team and the Huddinge main roster, scoring 19 goals and 34 points in 28 games with the former and 17 goals and 19 points in 23 games with the latter.
Elite Prospects has this to say about him (translated from Swedish):
Axelsson has great size and is an aggressive and physical player. He has good timing in his hits. His skating, the intensity he plays with and his forechecking is quite good. Axelsson’s main asset is his hockey sense and he is good at finding passing openings. At the same time he is a good scorer. Technical skills and hands are good. There is room for improvement when it comes to his defensive game and his acceleration.
Axelsson, at 6’2″, 176 lbs, has some good size as well. He’s listed as a forward so maybe he’s not a center.
That’s all I have on these guys for now but I’ll post more as I see it.
Three picks, three forwards. So much for bolstering the defensive depth of the system.
Update (11:11 PM): Christy has more here.
Just after the 28th pick, the Wings completed a trade with Phoenix, handing the Coyotes the 29th and 152nd picks in exchange for the 41st and 47th. So, although they’ve only had two first rounders in the last 7 years, the Wings traded it away for two second-round selections. They now have three picks in the second round (41st, 47th, and 62nd).
Pretty disappointing the Wings only did such a minor deal. I’ll be honest: visions of Shane Doan in the Winged Wheel went through my head when they mentioned the Wings were talking a trade over with Phoenix. Paul Kukla says the Wings are uncomfortable drafting in the first round. It sure seems like it!
Guess we’ll have to wait and see who they pick with what they got. Since OLN is no longer broadcasting the draft, if you’re in the States, you’ll have to watch it online with NHL Network’s live stream (via. Kukla’s Korner). If you’re like me and on a slow connection, try refreshing Mirtle’s liveblog or NHL Draft Net’s tracker.
Update (10:04 PM): The second round picks are in:
41st – Cory Emmerton – C/LW
47th – Shawn Matthias – C
62nd – Dick Axelsson – W
More to come.