Found June 23, 2012 on The Majors Detroit:
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… Martin Frk Round/pick: 2/49 Position: Center/right wing Height/weight: 6-0/198 Last season: Halifax (Quebec League); 34 games, 16 goals, 13 assists Bottom line: Not th

Red Wings overnight report: Parise and Suter speculation trumps news about the Wings’ draft haul

The Detroit Red Wings drafted six players during rounds 2-7 of the 2012 Draft on Saturday, and thanks to an incredibly industrious MSM and RedWingsCentral’s Matthew Wuest, my initial background entries about Martin Frk, Jake Paterson, Andreas Athanasiou, Mike McKee, James De Haas and Rasmus Bodin gave way to a central repository of stories that was updated 17 times over the course...

Red Wings hoping for splashy summer in free agency

Ken Holland didn't expect to get lucky enough in the NHL draft to select an instant-impact player. In free agency, though, the Detroit general manager wants to add at least a couple standouts with enough talent and experience to help the franchise right away. ''We're going to be active and very involved in free agency because we have cap space and holes we'd...

Red Wings pick Martin Frk with 49th overall pick in the 2nd round

The Detroit Red Wings have picked Halifax Mooseheads forward Martin Frk with the 49th overall pick in the NHL Draft. The Red Wings confirm: With the 49th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, your @DetroitRedWings select Martin Frk (RW), Halifax Mooseheads. The Hockey News had the 6’0,” 204-lb right winger from Bochov, Czech Republic ranked 45h overall. Here’s their assessment of...

Red Wings 2012 draft day hub-roundup-type post

I will continue to update the Red Wings’ individual player draft threads for the next couple of hours, and then shift to the MSM’s takes on said picks, but here’s how Detroit drafted today in Pittsburgh: • The Red Wings picked Halifax Mooseheads winger Martin Frk with the 49th overall pick; • They then selected Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson with the 80th overall...

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Red Wings pick Rasmus Bodin with 200th overall pick, wrapping up their 2012 draft haul

According to, the Red Wings picked Rasmus Bodin, a 6’6,” 207-lb LW from Sweden. He’s not listed on That’s it for the Wings.

Detroit Red Wings 2012 NHL Draft Tracker

The Detroit Red Wings do not have a pick in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft after trading their selection away in the Kyle Quincey deal. Continue reading →

Red Wings News at 11: Hudler’s gone, update on Wings’ wait for Day 2

Aside from whatever the hell is happening between the Penguins and Coyotes that sprouted from Ray Shero’s unsuccessful attempt to pry Ryan Suter’s signing rights from the Predators (Suter’s bound and determined to test free agency on July 1st, so his rights are worthless)—-though the Michalek and Staal trades do mean that the Penguins want to compete for Suter and Zach Parise...

Red Wings pick Michael McKee with 140th overall pick

Via the Red Wings: With the 140th overall selection in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Michael McKee (D) from the Lincoln Stars.

Detroit Red Wings Links: Could Keith Yandle Be a Trade Option?

Holland has already said that he would consider a trade, and one name that surfaced in rumored trade talks during the draft is that of Keith Yandle. Continue reading →

Red Wings pick James De Haas with 170th overall pick

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Detroit Red Wings Free Agency Roundtable: Jaromir Jagr

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St. James: Wings Land The Swiss Kid

Interesting start to the day by the Wings. Helene St. James The Detroit Red Wings appear to have reeled in Damien Brunner, a sought-after European unrestricted free agent. Swiss media is reporting Brunner will sign with the Wings. Attempts to reach general manager Ken Holland by the Free Press were not immediately successful. Brunner can reach a deal any time, as he’s not associated...

Wings Land Euro-Star

Well this is a pretty cool story.  Damien Brunner, a sought after undrafted free-agent from Europe (no, not Brunnstrum or Lieno) is apparently going to sign with the Wings, provided that everything can be figured out regarding his contract.  The Detroit Red Wings appear to have reeled in Damien Brunner, a sought-after European unrestricted free agent. Swiss media is reporting...
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