Reading through this thread, I am wondering if Ken Holland was the one who was, shall we say, 'not smart' with the picks.
@yave1964 mentioned some guys who would fit in and benefit the Wings...Timothy Liljegren and Callan Foote.
BOTH those guys were available to the Wings at #9 because Tampa Bay got Foote at #11 and the Leafs got Liljegren at #17.
Hell, the OTHER guy Yave talked about, Vaalimaki, was available to Calgary.......at friggin #16.
The lottery was not kind to the Wings who slipped from 7th to 9th in the draft, a draft that has no real superstars but a lot of solid players.
I am hoping they go defense, we actually have some decent defensive prospects in the pipeline, Cholowski could be a top pair guy but at worst is a middle pair puck mover, Hicketts looks to be a Rafalski clone, a puck mover but a bit smallish but can play and will be in the NHL next season he also has a nasty streak. Filip Hronek came over f
I'm still going to hope against hope that Heiskanen somehow falls to us. But it looks like he'll be gone within the first 4 picks. Maybe Glass will still be available. If neither of those guys are there at 9, I don't really care what they do with the pick. Cal Foote does seem interesting, not sure why he isn't rated higher given his offense and size.
Jeff Blashill will be the next Red Wing leader on the chopping block, not Holland. That is NOT to say that Holland should not be on the block, but rather that I think there is ZERO chance that Holland is fired before Blashill is.
Not that I am unhappy with Rasmussen, he is a fine prospect and center is our second need behind defense and while a lot of folk are saying we should have went Tippett or Vilardi players who play on the wing are a lot easier to get than a true center and he is a big boy.
The two problems that I see: while I believe that he will indeed be a capable NHLer IMHO he could be another Riley Sheahan (worst case) and we already have one of those. Nobody needs two Riley Sheahan's on the sam
I was not a big fan of Nosek, he strikes me as a AHL player, the type of guy who we talk about who is a alf a second slower than it takes to make the NHL. He was brilliant with the Griffs on their run and I tentatively listed him as the third best prospect among the forwards behind the brilliant Svechnikov and the pesky talented Bertuzzi. His age has been a concern, it kind of reminded me of when Ville Leino and Fabian Brunnstrom came into the league or Damien Brunner. I am