Well, we filled you in on the Detroit Red Wing’s first-round pick, as that was the player most fans were anticipating. But in case you weren’t following along last night in Jersey, here’s how the Wing’s draft shaped up over the evening.
- F. Anthony Mantha
– Round: First (20th overall)
– Size: 6’4″, 210 lbs.
– Age: 18 (September 16, 1994)
– Team: Val-d’Or of QMJHL
– Recent Stats: 67 GP, 50 G, 39 A, 89 P
Tackling their two biggest needs with one stone in a sizable, scoring-forward, Mantha looks to be the whole package. With a sweet wrist shot and the ability to find the open-ice, Mantha is just the type of sniping scorer the Red Wings have been hurting for recently. His only real stated downside is his preference to play the perimeter of the zone. Getting in front of the net is a big need at the NHL level and he’ll probably need a bit of development before he’s ready for NHL ice-time.
- F. Zach Nastasiuk
– Round: Second (48th overall)
– Size: 6’1″, 190 lbs.
– Age: 18 (March 30, 1995)
– Team: Owen Sound of OHL
– Recent Stats: 62 GP, 20 G, 20 A, 40 P
Another decently sized kid, Nastasiuk is a much more of a defensively responsible forward, noted for his 2-way play in the OHL. Projected to be a good-scoring bottom-6 forward, it’s been noted that his skating needs a little bit of work. His good hands and responsible play will allow him to fit right in with the Red Wings organization.
- F. Tyler Bertuzzi
– Round: Second (58th overall)
– Size: 6’0″, 178 lbs.
– Age: 18 (February 24, 1995)
– Team: Guelph of OHL
– Recent Stats: 43 GP, 13 G, 9 A, 22 P
Here’s a name we in Detroit all know and love. The nephew of our very own Todd Bertuzzi was drafted with the 2nd-round pick the Wings acquired from the San Jose Sharks, trading away our 18th 1st-round pick for their 20th first-round and 58th 2nd-round picks. Doing right by the name on his sweater, he’s a very aggressive, scrappy player and an agitator much like his uncle, though his size and hands aren’t quite at that level yet. Compared slightly to a younger Andrew Shaw, he knows how to get under the skin of opposing players and is a hell of a guy to play against.
- F. Mattias Janmark-Nylen
– Round: Third (79th overall)
– Size: 6’1″, 189 lbs.
– Age: 20 (December 8, 1992)
– Team: AIK of Swedish Elite League
– Recent Stats: 55 GP, 14 G, 17 A, 31 P
After setting a Swedish junior scoring record in 2011-2012 with 61 points in 40 games, he was promoted to the Elite league and played a handful of games with the national team as a 20-year old. Though still skimpy in size, he’s got great vision and sense on the ice, and still possesses a great scoring touch. A season or two with the Griffins to get acclimated to the North American playing style and to bulk up, and he could fight for a 2nd or 3rd line Center position.
- F. David Pope
– Round: Fourth (109th overall)
– Size: 6’2″, 187 lbs.
– Age: 18 (September 27, 1994)
– Team: West Kelowna of BCHL
– Recent Stats: 42 GP, 17 G, 22 A, 39 P
While still needing to bulk up, as most kids do coming out of the draft, he’s slated to already have an NHL-caliber shot and release. He’s versatile in the sense he can play Center or either wing when needed, and could easily fill in a 3rd-line position when ready to take the ice at the NHL level.
- D. Mitchell Wheaton
– Round: Fifth (139th overall)
– Size: 6’4″, 230 lbs.
– Age: 18 (February 6, 1995)
– Team: Kelowna of WHL
– Recent Stats: 39 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 P
The first defenseman drafted by the Red Wings this year, this boy is big. At 18 years old, he’s a beefy 230 pounds and has a tall frame to hold it all. Your prototypical defensive-defenseman, Wheaton likes to stay at home on the ice and hold the blue line. While he’s got great sense and reach, his biggest problem is mobility. While he’s strong and not afraid to use it, he’s not as quick as he should be. Look for him to find a place amongst the Grand Rapids Griffins fairly soon.
- D. Marc McNulty
– Round: Sixth (169th overall)
– Size: 6’6″, 185 lbs.
– Age: 18 (April 5, 1995)
– Team: Prince George of WHL
– Recent Stats: 52 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 P
Another crazy-tall player and the only other defenseman drafted by the Wings this season, the boy is a little on the lean side. He’s got great reach and mobility for his size, but needs to be much stronger at his height to make it in the NHL circuit. He’s a project, but one that could pay out big if he lives up to his potential.
- F. Hampus Melen
– Round: Seventh (199th overall)
– Size: 6’2″, 165 lbs.
– Age: 18 (February 28, 1995)
– Team: Tingsryd of Swedish Juniors
– Recent Stats: 24 GP, 18 G, 22 A, 40 P
While a very small player at this point, there’s no doubt the kid has a scoring touch. Piling up 40 points in just 24 games played, his size remains his biggest obstacle at this point. Though after meeting with Red Wing’s scout Hakan Andersson, Melen hired a personal trainer and has started to put on the weight needed to compete in North American hockey. Look for him to be another possible late-round steal by the Wings organization. (See, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, etc..)
There you have it, the crop of the Red Wings 2013 draft. Look for a lot of these kids to be fighting for positions in the coming years, some to even be down in Grand Rapids with the Griffins very soon. Players arrive for the Red Wings Development camp on July 9 for the first day of camp the next day. And Free Agency starts this week. Keep your eyes peeled on us for updates! See you then, Nation.