Red Wings Rebuild: A Recap of the 2018-2020 Drafts

filip zadina moritz seider lucas raymond detroit red wings draft picks
By Jeff Watters

October 23, 2020

As we enter year four of the Red Wings rebuild, it’s safe to say Steve Yzerman and co. have a long way to go. The team has, however, added some serious talent over the past three years. Red Wings prospects from the 2018-2020 drafts will play a huge part in determining exactly when the team returns to contention.

We’re four years removed from the Red Wings’ last playoff appearance, and let’s be honest — the rebuild should’ve started long before that.

As I wanted to make this a positive, optimistic look at the rebuild, I’ve kindly omitted the disaster that was the 2017 draft. 


More on that to come, but for today, let’s keep things upbeat and take a look back at who the Wings have added to the system via the draft from 2018-2020.

For each draft class, I’ll start with those who I believe to be legitimate NHL prospects, followed by ‘The Rest’ — a section dedicated to players who, to varying degrees are still prospects, but will be far less likely to become NHLers and contribute to the Red Wings’ rebuild.

I’ll also include each player’s current team and/or where you can expect to find them when the NHL/AHL season resumes. Note: Players on loan to SHL clubs will not be eligible to return to North America until they finish the season with their SHL club.

Let’s start with the big additions from what could turn out to be one of the best draft classes for the Red Wings since the famous class of ‘89:

2018 Draft Additions:

Filip Zadina Halifax Mooseheads 2018 NHL draft

Filip Zadina, LW (HC Ocelari Trinec, Czech/Detroit Red Wings)
1st Round, 6th Overall

During the 2017-18 season, Zadina was in the conversation for 2nd overall along with Andrei Svechnikov of the Hurricanes. He absolutely lit up the 2018 World Juniors, and at the time was almost a lock to go in the top 4.

In the days leading up to the draft, however, there was buzz that Zadina was slipping on some draft boards and was no longer a guarantee to even go in the top 5. 

He didn’t, and Ken Holland pounced. 

While almost everyone, myself included, was expecting an Evan Bouchard, Quinn Hughes, or Noah Dobson at pick 6, the best player on Detroit’s board fell to them and they went with the Czech sniper.

Zadina’s first season in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins was underwhelming to some. Many expected Filip to make the transition from the QMJHL to the AHL seamlessly and dominate as he did with the Halifax Mooseheads.

When he didn’t, many claimed he was a bust, he didn’t think the game fast enough, he was one dimensional, etc.

Patience, folks. Patience.

Zadina notched 16 goals and 35 points in 56 games during his first season with the Griffins as a 19 year- old. The AHL is a MUCH tougher league than the Q, so this was a perfectly fine first pro season for the Czech winger.

This past (shortened) season saw Zadina start the season in Grand Rapids and put up 9 goals and 16 points in just 21 games for the Griffins. Zadina was pushing for a spot with the big club and made his season debut on November 24 vs. the Hurricanes.

Zadina was one of the best players for the Red Wings during a historically bad season for the franchise. He was a line driver, and that’s honestly not something I expected from the 20-year-old this early.

Zadina plays a great two-way game, is a relentless forechecker, and possesses an elite shot. His playmaking skills are extremely underrated as well.

He has already made significant adjustments to his game. After a respectable cup of coffee with the Wings in the spring of 2019, he looked downright dominant at points this past season.

All in all, Zadina put up 9 goals and 15 points in 28 games for Detroit in 2019-20 and I am expecting big things from him. I think Zadina can be a 65 to 70 point guy in the NHL.

Zadina is currently on loan with Ocelari Trinec (Czech Extraliga) and has been out of action since late September due to an upper-body injury. He is slated to begin the 2021 NHL season with Detroit and will be a huge part of the Red Wings rebuild.

Future Projection: Top-6 forward

Joe Veleno Drummondville Detroit Red Wings 2018 draft
Photo: Ghyslain Bergeron

Joe Veleno, C (
Malmö Redhawks, SHL/Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL)
1st Round, 30th Overall

At the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, Detroit sent Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights for a 1st rounder in 2018, 2nd rounder in 2019, and third-rounder in 2021.

With that 2018 1st round pick, the Wings selected Joe Veleno out of Drummondville in the QMJHL.

Veleno had applied for, and received exceptional status back in 2015, making him eligible to play in the CHL as a 15-year-old. Because of this, he had been on scouts’ radars for years and may have experienced some ‘prospect fatigue’ heading into the draft.

Just as Zadina dropped to the Red Wings at 6, Veleno fell all the way to pick 30 after being projected to come off the board midway through the first round. I still don’t understand how he fell to 30th overall, but I am glad he did.

Veleno, as expected, lit up the Q in his D+1 year, racking up 104 points in 59 games. He dominated, as he should have.

This past season, Veleno turned pro and it took some time for him to adjust to life as an AHLer. Veleno played 54 games for the Griffins, put up 23 points, and was a -25.

Things are trending up for Veleno, however, as he was noticeably more comfortable and effective after winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic this past January.

Veleno is an exceptional skater and plays a very good 200-foot game. He’s an absolute workhorse. He’s also a centre, which is a huge position of need for the Red Wings. The ultimate question with Veleno is this:

How much offense can he produce at the NHL level?

Veleno is not an elite playmaker, he doesn’t have an elite shot or elite hands, and he’s not going to quarterback a powerplay. He is a solid two-way forward who you hope turns into a 2nd line centre, with the most likely outcome being a 3rd line centre. His offensive output will dictate this.

Veleno has been playing with Malmö in the SHL and will not be eligible to return to North America until their season wraps up in March 2021 (with playoffs to follow). This will give him the opportunity to crack the roster in 2021-2022.

Future Projection: Middle-6 forward

Jonatan Berggren Team Sweden 2018 draft
Photo: Getty Images

Jonatan Berggren, RW (
Skellefteå AIK, SHL)
2nd Round, 33rd Overall

Having acquired an extra 2nd round pick in the trade that sent Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers, Detroit was well-positioned to add 2 more first-round talents to their draft haul with picks 33 and 36.

The pick at 33 was Swede Jonatan Berggren, an undersized winger with big-time talent. Many projected Berggren to be selected on Day 1, and the Wings were ecstatic to snatch him up here.

Prior to the draft, Ken Holland had made it very clear they would be looking to add on the backend, but with the way the board fell they felt Zadina, Veleno, and Berggren were just too good to pass up. 

Berggren does have an injury history (back, shoulder), but has really established his game in the SHL this season and has nearly cemented himself as a guy who you can project as a top-6 forward.

Berggren has excellent vision with elite playmaking skills and offensive awareness. Some of his detractors have labeled him as a ‘perimeter player,’ and this tends to have a negative connotation.

Berggren, however, is very effective from the perimeter, luring defenders in and opening up passing lanes to generate high-quality scoring chances.

For the record, Berggren does use the middle of the ice and crashes the net plenty.

As mentioned, Berggren is having himself a helluva start to the SHL season with 11 pts in his first 8 games. He just turned 20 in July. That’s really good.

I’m really excited about Berggren.

Future Projection: Top-6 forward

Jared McIsaac Detroit Red Wings tenth ranked prospect
Photo: Getty Images

Jared McIsaac, D (HPK, Liiga/Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL)
2nd Round, 36th Overall

Yes, the Red Wings had FOUR picks in the top 36 in 2018. 

With their own 2nd rounder, Holland finally snatched up a defenseman in Truro, Nova Scotia’s own, Jared McIssac.

McIsaac, at the time of the draft, projected as a top 4 defenseman. As we sit here in October 2020, it is safe to say his star has faded a bit, but this could be due to the fact that he, like Berggren, has been bit by the injury bug (shoulder surgery in 2019).

In McIsaac’s draft year, he played in all situations for the Halifax Mooseheads and was seen to have some untapped offensive potential as well. He’s a strong skater with good puck-handling skills but will need to work on his defensive decision-making in order to take the next step.

I love McIsaac’s physical play but would like to see him try to generate more offensively.

Ultimately, If he ends up being a solid 4 or 5 on Detroit’s blueline Red Wings fans should be thrilled.

McIsaac will be making the jump to Grand Rapids, whenever that may be, and is currently playing with HPK Hameenlinna (SM-liiga) in Finland.

Future Projection: Top-6 defenseman

The rest:

Alec Regula, D (Rockford Ice Hogs, AHL)
3rd Round, 67th Overall

Regula was traded to Chicago for Brendan Perlini, who was not tendered a contract for the 2021 season.

Seth Barton, D (UMass-Lowell, NCAA)
3rd Round, 81st Overall

The right-shot defenseman put up 15 points in 30 games for UMass-Lowell last season.

Jesper Eliasson, G (EC Salzburg, ICEHL/Färjestad BK, SHL)
3rd Round, 84th Overall

Eliasson was to be loaned to EC Salzburg of the Austrian league this year, but with the Champions Hockey League cancelling the 2020-21 season, there isn’t yet word on Eliasson’s immediate future. The big Swede put up a 0.887 save pct for Almtuna IS (Allsvenskan) last year.

Ryan O’Reilly, RW (Arizona State, NCAA)
4th Round, 98th Overall

O’Reilly will suit up for Arizona State whenever the NCAA season is announced.

Victor Brattstrom, G (Kookoo Kouvola, Liiga)
6th Round, 160th Overall

Brattstrom is now 23 and signed his entry-level deal with Detroit. The 6’4” netminder is currently playing for Kookoo-Kuovola in the SM-liiga.

Otto Kivenmäki, C (Ässät, Liiga)
7th Round, 191st Overall

Otto is back on the ice for Assat Pori (Liiga) after suffering a really scary injury last year. I know he’s a personal favorite of a lot of Wings fans, but the slightly-built forward will have to make it as a top 6 player if he is going to make it all – and that’s going to be tough.

I’m just glad he’s healthy. 

2019 Draft Additions:

Moritz Seider Mannheim DEL 2019 draft
Photo: Adler Mannheim, Soerli Binder/AS Sportfoto

Moritz Seider, D (
Rögle BK, SHL/Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL)
1st Round, 6th Overall

My, oh my. What a shocker this pick was. 

When Steve Yzerman approached the podium to make the Wings’ first pick of the 2019 draft, Red Wings nation held their collective breath.

Would it be Trevor Zegras? Dylan Cozens? Vasily Podkolzin?

When Stevie uttered the words, “From Mannheim…” I was already in shock. The big German defenseman, projected to go mid-to-late first round, had become the newest Red WIng. At 6th overall.

Even after his fantastic first season with the Griffins, many still say he was drafted too high.

After seeing Seider in action in North America and captaining a surprisingly good German junior team at the 2020 World Juniors, I absolutely love the pick.

He’s composed, physical, a strong skater, and rarely makes the wrong play. He is someone I can see as a #2 defenseman for Detroit and a pillar of the Red Wings rebuild.

Seider isn’t going to put up 60 pts every year, but he is a right-shot, 2-way defender that every team in the league would covet. Players like Seider are difficult to find/acquire, and that’s why the Red Wings couldn’t pass on ‘Mo’ at 6th overall.

Future Projection: No. 2 defenseman

Antti Tuomisto U20 Assat Liiga Detroit Red Wings 2019 draft

Antti Tuomisto, D (University of Denver, NCAA)
Round 2, 35th Overall

Tuomisto was seen as a bit of a reach this early on Day 2 of the draft but really showed out this past season in Liiga’s U20 league.

The big, mobile defenseman put up 49 pts in 48 games and was simply dominant. Tuomisto absolutely should’ve been playing against men last season, but in order to preserve his eligibility to play in the NCAA this season, had to remain in the junior ranks.

Tuomisto, like Seider, has the size and skill you want on the back end. He sees the ice well and has a heavy shot from the point. 

Tuomisto isn’t quite as physical as Seider, but does have some bite to his game and is not afraid to throw his weight around. At 6-4, 194 lbs, Tuomisto will add more weight and hopefully continue to refine his defensive game.

I’ll be eager to see how he transitions to the smaller ice in North America. Tuomisto will face much stronger competition when he suits up for The University of Denver when the 2020-21 NCAA commences. 

Future Projection: Top-6 defenseman

Robert Mastrosimone Chicago Steel 2019 draft
Photo: Hickling Images

Robert Mastrosimone, LW (Boston University, NCAA)
Round 2, 54th Overall

Mastrosimione is the type of player you want to be targeting in the 2nd round. 

The Boston University sophomore has quick hands, good vision, and plays a high-intensity game. Mastrosimone is an exciting prospect to watch. He loves to shoot the puck, and that’s a trait not enough players have (surprisingly) as many prefer to defer and think ‘pass first.’ Mastrosimone certainly won’t defer to teammates but does also have excellent playmaking ability.  

He just plays the game with so much intensity and excitement. He’s just the type of player I want to see wearing the winged wheel.

So, you’re asking, if this kid is so good why wasn’t he a 1st rounder?

Well, Mastrosimone is another undersized forward at 5-10 and about 170 lbs. This alone obviously wouldn’t hold a first-round talent back in the modern-day NHL, but he also isn’t the strongest skater, he has to work on his game away from the puck, and he hasn’t been the most consistent. 

Mastrosimone is at least a few years away, but I can see a reality where he fills a top 9 role with the Red Wings as a high energy guy with a scoring touch. 

Future Projection: Top-9 forward

Albert Johansson

Albert Johansson, D (
Färjestad BK, SHL)
Round 2, 60th Overall

Johansson was another guy some had a bit lower on their draft boards, but I’ve been intrigued from day one. When longtime European Scouting Director, Hakaan Andersson, mentioned that he and another scout saw Johansson as having the potential to be the very best of their picks in the 2019 draft (at pick 60, no less), he got my attention.

That’s some seriously high praise.

Johansson is 6 feet tall and weighs in at just 170 lbs. The skill, however, is undeniable.

Scouts love Johansson’s hockey IQ; a trait we’ve seen Yzerman and the scouting department place an emphasis on in both of his drafts. Johansson is a very good, mobile, two-way defenseman who handles the puck with poise and is not afraid to carry the puck through the neutral zone himself.

He eludes forecheckers in his own zone and defenders in the offensive zone with fantastic edgework, an explosive first step, and the ability to quickly change direction. 

Johansson will have to continue to work on his defensive game and focus on being harder to play against in his own zone, but he’s another guy I’m really excited about. He’s a guy I see as having a relatively high floor and a definite high ceiling.

Albert has already signed his ELC with the Wings, so it’s safe to say the front office has been very pleased with his progress thus far.

Future Projection: Top-4 defenseman

The Rest:

Albin Grewe, RW (Djurgårdens IF, SHL)
3rd Round, 66th Overall

Grewe is an intense competitor who gets under the opposition’s skin (he has claimed to model is game after a Mr. Brad Marchand).

He didn’t have a great D+1 year, failing to produce any offense in the SHL, and had been set to join the Saginaw Spirit (a clear step down in competition) this season before the pandemic altered those plans.

Ethan Phillips, RW (Boston University)
4th Round, 97th Overall

Phillips’ eliteprospects page still has him at 5-9, 154 lbs. I’m sure he’s put on at least a few extra lbs of muscle in the year that has followed the Wings selecting him in the 4th round of the 2019 draft.

Phillips is a smart, skilled, forward and is the type of pick I really like in the 4th round. He’s a great skater with a good shot.

Cooper Moore, D (University of North Dakota, NCAA)
5th Round, 128th Overall

Great hockey name. Also a great skater. 

Moore finished up the 2019-20 season with 12 goals and 33 points for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL and has committed to North Dakota of the NCAA for 2020-21.

Moore is a guy to keep an eye on. He has made some big improvements to his defensive game during the second half of last season, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can build on this in the NCAA.

Elmer Soderblom, RW/LW (Frölunda J20, SHL)
6th Round, 159th Overall

Soderblom is quickly becoming a fan-favorite.

I mean, how often do you draft a 6-7, 230 lb winger with actual skill in the 6th round??

Soderblom dominated for Frölunda of the J20 league last season, and will now have to show he can perform against men in the SHL. Despite his giant frame, he isn’t a very physical player. , He’ll also need to improve his skating, but any time a 6th rounder performs like Soderblom did last season, you have to take notice.

Gustav Berglund, D (Västerås IK, Allsvenskan)
6th Round, 177th Overall

Berglund is another defenseman with offensive ability. He also has good size (6-2, 194). 

Kirill Tyutyayev, LW (Yunost Minsk, Belarus)
7th Round, 190th Overall

Tyutyayev, like Otto Kivenmaki the year before, was drafted as a very small, skilled forward. The Russian winger plays a skilled perimeter game, but his size and average skating ability will likely prevent him from ever seeing the NHL.

2020 Draft Additions:

Lucas Raymond Frolunda 2020 draft

Lucas Raymond, RW (
Frölunda, SHL)
1st Round, 4th Overall

Love, love, love this pick. If you’ve read my 2020 Draft Recap, you already know that I believe Lucas Raymond is the best Red Wings draft pick in decades.

A number of NHL comparisons have been thrown out there, but every time I watch Raymond play one name comes to mind:

Mitch Marner.

Now, am I saying Red Wings fans should expect Lucas Raymond to be the next Mitch Marner? 

Well, no. 

Would I be surprised? Also, no. I also think Raymond will score more goals than Marner at the NHL level. He’s got a great shot. When I see him on the power play, squaring up and assessing his options, the resemblance to Marner is uncanny.

Lucas Raymond is elite. He has elite hands, elite playmaking ability, elite hockey IQ, elite edgework, and can quarterback your first power play unit.

Raymond is also a dogged forechecker. He doesn’t wait for the play to come to him; he is always on the attack, and I love that part of his game.

Kris Draper obviously spoke very highly of Lucas after making him the newest Red Wing, and the Wings front office is convinced Raymond has the drive and commitment to do what it takes to be great. 

I’m buying. Raymond will be a huge part of the Red Wings rebuild.

Future Projection: Top-6 forward

William Wallinder Modo Hockey Detroit Red Wings 2020 draft
Photo: Nathalie Andersson

William Wallinder, D (MODO Hockey, Allsvenskan)
2nd Round, 32nd Overall

Stop if you’ve heard this before:

A big, skilled, smooth-skating, two-way defenseman with high upside.

That’s William Wallinder, and I think it’s safe to say the Wings have identified the type of defensemen they want to target early in the draft.

After selecting Seider and Tuomisto with their first two picks in the 2019 draft, Yzerman and company took a swing on Wallinder, a 6-4, 192 lb Swede out of Modo in the J20 SuperElit league.

As a 17-year-old, Wallinder notched 5 goals and had 24 points in 37 games for his J20 squad, and was a +4 in 18 games for the big club in Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second-tier league (behind the SHL).

Wallinder’s skating is his calling card. For a 6-4 defender, this kid is awfully smooth out there, and he’s impressive to watch. His ability to glide through the neutral zone may not be something that directly translates to the smaller North American ice, but it does show he has confidence with the puck on his stick.

There were times when Wallinder tried to do too much last season – trying to make a highlight play or force a play that wasn’t there – but he actually played a much more conservative game when called up to Allsvenskan. Hopefully, he can find a happy medium here, as you want him to make smart plays, but you never want to take away his creativity and ability to create offense.

The thing that excites me most is the thought of William filling out his 6-4 frame and adding strength to his game. 

The upside here is just ridiculous, and the Wallinder pick is the home-run swing I want my GM to be taking early in the draft. It will probably be 4-5 years before we can expect to see Wallinder in Detroit, but patience may pay off here.

Future Projection: Top-4 defenseman

Theodor Niederbach Frolunda U20 2020 draft

Theodor Niederbach, C (
Frölunda J20, SHL)
2nd Round, 51st Overall

The Red Wings traded back here, sending the 45th overall pick to the Kings in exchange for picks 51 and 97.

The Wings snagged yet another high-upside player with Niederbach at 51. This is a player who may have gone much higher had he not suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2018-19 season.

Niederbach is a highly-skilled, right-shot centre (when’s the last time we had one of those?) who sees the ice extremely well. He’s an incredibly smart playmaker and a great skater who excels on the power play.

His defensive game leaves much to be desired, and he will need to be more effective in his own end if he wants to remain a centre, but Niederbach will be given every opportunity to show he can remain down the middle.

Like Wallinder, Niederbach will be a project, and considering he lost a full year of development, will take time.

These are the types of picks that can take a rebuild to the next level, however. Drafting a high-end playmaking centre midway through the second round? If Detroit hits on Niederbach, this will be a huge steal.

Niederbach is back with Frolunda’s J20 team this season and has already put up 22 points in 13 games.

Keep it up Theo.

Future Projection: Middle-6 forward

Cross Hanas Portland Winterhawks Detroit Red Wings draft 2020
Photo: Marissa Baecker/Getty Images

Cross Hanas, LW (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)
2nd Round, 55th Overall

Call him the Andrei Svechnikov of the WHL (not really).

Hanas pulled off “The Michigan”/the lacrosse goal a couple of times last season, so needless to say he is very skilled with the puck.

The Texas native is another Red Wings draft pick who thinks the game well. Hanas is lauded for his high hockey IQ and ability to read defenders and find passing lanes in the offensive zone. He also has a great shot that would already play at the NHL level. The kid can finish.

While Hanas isn’t the worst skater in the world, it’s something he’ll certainly have to work on. His heavy feet and choppy strides will make it difficult for him to get a step on defenders at the next level.

Other than his skating, the main knock on Hanas is his inconsistent play, and ultimately, this is the determining factor for all prospects. He’ll have to bring his ‘A’ game night in and night out moving forward, 

With all that being said, I’m fine with this pick. With Hanas, the Wings continued their trend of selecting smart, skilled, high upside players when there were safer picks available, and this is what a last-place team should be doing.

Future Projection: Top-9 forward

Donovan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers 2020 draft

Donovan Sebrango, D (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)
3rd Round, 63rd Overall

Sebrango is a dependable, 2-way defender who played in all situations with the Kitchener Rangers in 2019-20.

In Sebrango, the Wings added another smooth-skating, left-shot defenseman to their pipeline. Sebrango has some offensive potential and is an excellent passer with great vision. He walks the line well and can open up shooting lanes.

Overall, there are no real flaws in Sebrango’s game. This was a solid pick in the 3rd round. 

Sebrango does have 2nd pairing potential, but likely projects as a steady, bottom pair defenseman.

Future Projection: Top-6 defenseman

Eemil Viro drafted by Detroit Red WIngs
Photo: Pasi Mennander/Finnish Ice Hockey Association

Eemil Viro, D (TPS, Liiga)
3rd Round, 70th Overall

The 6-foot, 168 lb defenseman played in Liiga, Finland’s top league, in 2019-20 – and played well. Viro was the third smooth-skating left-shot defenceman Detroit drafted on Day 2, and also the smallest of the three.

There are concerns about Viro’s decision making and lack of physicality, but some have seen parallels between his game at that of Jets’ defenceman Ville Heinola.

Well, that would be a grand slam of a pick, wouldn’t it? 

Viro likely projects as a third pair defenceman if he puts it all together. 

Future Projection: Top-6 defenseman

The Rest:

 Sam Stange, F (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)
4th Round, 97th Overall

Stange, a two-sport athlete (baseball) will suit up for Wisconsin (NCAA) for the 2020-21 season.

Jan Bednar, G (Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL)
4th Round, 107th Overall

The 6-4 Czech netminder joins a group of Red Wings goalie prospects looking to establish themselves as the team’s future in goal. 

Alex Cotton, D (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL)
5th Round, 132nd Overall

Undrafted in 2019, Cotton saw a huge jump in offensive production as a nineteen-year-old for Lethbridge (WHL) last season.  

Kyle Aucoin, D (Tri-City Storm, USHL)
6th Round, 156th Overall

Son of Adrian, Kyle had 13 points in 48 games for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL in 2019-20.

Kienan Draper, F (Chilliwack Chiefs, BCHL)
7th Round, 187th Overall

Kienan (yes, Kris’s son) was taken in the 7th round. Really cool moment for the Draper family. It’s now up to Kienan to put the work in.

Chase Bradley, F (Sioux City Musketeers, USHL)
7th Round, 203rd Overall

The Wings traded back into the 7th round to nab Bradley here. Chase played in Omaha of the USHL last season, putting up 19 points and a whole lot of PIMS (77) in 34 games for the Lancers. 

Final Thoughts

Wow, that’s a lot of prospects. 

The Red Wings have really loaded up in the past three drafts. They have a lot of work to do and a lot more talent to add to be sure, but with 10 picks in the upcoming 2021 draft (and likely more to be added by the 2021 trade deadline), I believe Steve Yzerman the Red Wings have done a fantastic job restocking what was once a barren Red Wings system.

Shout out to Kenny Holland as well for acquiring picks and a successful 2018 draft.

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