Unlike past years, Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings changed philosophies so-to-speak when approaching this year’s draft class.
Instead of taking smaller skill players, the Red Wings opted to stock their minor league talent pool with bigger bodies.
After not having a pick in the first round the Wings selected six players on the second day of the NHL Draft from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
“I’d say the last two years have been the biggest drafts we’ve had (size of players),” said assistant general manager Jim Nill, who calls the shots at the draft. “We know we got to get bigger. It’s the new wave of the game.
“If there’s a high skill guy there, you’re always going to take him. You come to a point, too, where you need to add some size.”
Here’s an overall look at what the Wings did at the Draft on Saturday…
Position: Center/right wing
Last season: Halifax (Quebec League); 34 games, 16 goals, 13 assists