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5 Potential targets for the Detroit Red Wings with the No. 6 pick

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If you haven’t yet heard, the Detroit Red Wings learned on Tuesday evening that they will be selecting sixth overall in this year’s NHL draft. This quite literally puts the dream of seeing Jack Hughes sport the winged wheel to sleep, and also seems to take Detroit out of the running for consensus number two player Kappo Kakko. Although this might not seem ideal, there will still be some very good choices on the board when Ken Holland and the Red Wings’ brass are due to submit their pick.

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There was plenty of hope that Detroit would find their “defenseman of the future” with the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft as well, but that pick was used to select the young sniper in Filip Zadina. While Zadina’s first year of professional hockey didn’t exactly feature a seamless transition, he did show flashes of brilliance both during his nine-game call up with the Red Wings and during his 56 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He scored 16 goals and 18 assists in the AHL, while also potting a goal and two assists with Detroit.

This year, the hope is that Detroit will again be able to find a franchise blue-liner to build the back end around. The general consensus is that the best defenseman in this draft will be Bowen Byram from the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, but most signs seem to indicate that he will be a top-five pick. After Byram, TSN’s prospect rankings show that the next best defender would be Thomas Harley from the Ontario Hockey League, but he is ranked as the #12 prospect in the draft at this point. For Detroit to reach that “low” from the number six pick would seem to be a reach, and drastically under-value their pick.

The most likely scenarios seem to see Detroit settling on a center, which could turn out to be ok in the long run, as this draft is quite top-heavy with centers. Here’s a look at some of the top candidates for the Red Wings to select with the sixth overall pick.

Center/Right Wing Dylan Cozens

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2018-19 stats: 34 goals, 50 assists with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, the 18-year old Cozens possess the ability to get to the net with the puck, and also has a lethal shot. While the defensive aspect of the game is something he needs to work on at the NHL level, Cozens could in fact be the second best center in this class.

Center/Left Wing Peyton Krebs

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2018-19 stats: 19 goals, 49 assists in 68 games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League

One of the highest rated skaters in the class, Krebs’s calling card is his overall hockey IQ. Likened to Detroit’s own Dylan Larkin in some areas, Krebs has the ability to find his teammates quite nicely. While some scouting services indicate that his shot is an area that could use some improvement, Krebs saw his goal total improve this season while playing in slightly fewer games than last season.

Center Alex Turcotte

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2018-19 stats: 12 goals, 22 assists in just 16 games for the U.S. National Development Team

Although he has been hampered by injuries, Turcotte is projected as the best overall two-way center in the class. He has a wicked shot, and finds his teammates on the ice with ease. One catch with Turcotte is that he has already committed to playing at the University of Wisconsin next season, and would likely not be a contributing factor immediately.

Center/Wing Trevor Zegras

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2018-19 stats: 14 goals, 26 assists in 27 games for the U.S. National Development Team

Zegras projects to be a strong two-way center who plays a physical game in the defensive zone and his skating ability is likened as one of his best tools. Possesses good play-making ability, as well.

Defenseman Bowen Byram

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2018-19 stats: 26 goals, 45 assists for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League

Hey, a guy can dream… right? Byram separated himself as the best defenseman in the class this season. He has strong offensive ability from the back end and holds his own quite nicely in the defensive zone. While likely not a top three pick, if both the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings decide to go with offense at picks four and five, Detroit could easily see the defenseman of their future fall into their laps at six.

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DSN’s Interview with Geordie Day, director of “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story”

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For fans of the Detroit Red Wings who were fortunate enough to be able to see Bob Probert suit up in person, they’ll tell the many stories of his legendary fights and of his reputation as one of the toughest men to have ever skated in the NHL.

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But off the ice, it wasn’t always smooth skating for Probert. Though he was known for the use of his fists, he also became known for battles with inner demons, as well as run-ins with the law; his sudden passing in July of 2010 at the age of 45 stunned the hockey world.

An intimate look at Probert’s life through previously unseen home movies, as well as interviews from legendary hockey figures, is set to be released in select theaters after a film festival run this spring. “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story” is the latest work of documentarian Geordie Day, whose films have been seen around the world.

Q: What was the inspiration for this project?

So, back in 2016, I directed a documentary on Clint Malarchuk, the goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres who nearly was killed after a skate blade severed his neck in the late 1980s. The film was about his struggles with mental illness. Additionally, my mom writes a lot of hockey biographies, and she had written Bob’s with him. All of the taped interviews for that book, we used in our documentary

While her and Bob were working on the book, they were doing hours of taped interviews about his famous scandals and fights. She’s been sitting on the tapes and recordings for years. I thought it would be cool to have Bob’s story, kind of like the Amy Winehouse documentary and use as much archival film as possible and tell us his story through his career, so that people could empathize with him and through the documentary they could go along with him.

Q: There are plenty of high profile interviews you did for this documentary, including from Steve Yzerman, Joe Kocur, Chris Chelios, and others. Did you find they were eager to take part in this film?

They’re busy guys, so scheduling wasn’t the easiest thing. They made it happen, and I think that’s a testament to (Bob’s wife) Dani Probert and the respect that all the guys have for her. A lot were doing for Bob as well. The interviews I’d credit to the respect that all the players have for Bob and Dani.

Q: Is there any effect that you’re hoping this documentary will have on today’s NHL enforcers?

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We didn’t go into it wanting to make it an advocacy film; I don’t land on either side of the argument and I don’t think the film does either. It’s just a film about Bob and his life and the issues he faced. We all deal with them too, and it’s about his struggles and what is family and friends and teammates struggled the most with. If a current NHL enforcer sees it, there is a correlation between enforcers and drinking/drug use. If guys can watch the documentary and can gain perspective on their own situation, I think that’d be great.

Q: Do you think that Bob’s career would have been different had he not struggled with substance abuse?

Good question and we try to tackle that in the documentary. A lot of people see he had an All-Star season in 1987 and 1988 and he could be a powerhouse out there. If it weren’t for drugs and alcohol and if it weren’t getting caught at the border with cocaine, who knows what would happen? He could have been an All-Star for years to come. Others say his meanness and toughness had something to do with the fact that he was drinking and doing drugs. You never know. I’d be more inclined to think without it, he’d probably have had an even better carer than he did. But it’s impossible to say.

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Q: What else can people expect to see in this project?

I think Bob has this larger than life persona, and part of being probably the best enforcer ever – or at least the most dominant. All the scandals he was involved in and always on the front page and media for his addiction issues. I think we tried to juxtapose that with the Bob seen in home video footage and his own perspective, so you can realize this wasn’t a badass rock star hockey player who didn’t care about anyone. He cared a lot of people and they loved him, and just like everyone else he struggled with demons, so hopefully people can see it and see the best of Bob.

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SHOCKER! Steve Yzerman’s Lightning swept in Round 1 by Columbus

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Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Of course, headlines were made before this season began when Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced he’d be stepping down from that role in the final year of his contract and serve as an advisor. Speculation immediately ran rampant that it was a hint that he’d be returning home to the Detroit Red Wings.

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Carolina Hurricanes claim ‘Hockey Town,’ Detroit Red Wings respond

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On Monday night, as the Carolina Hurricanes were in the midst of a 5-0 playoff win over the Washington Capitals, whoever runs the Hurricanes Twitter account did something very dumb.

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Well, as soon as the tweet went out, a plethora of responses followed not only ripping the Hurricanes for claiming ‘Hockey Town’ after being in existence for just over 20 years but reminding them that there is only one city that can claim that title.

Detroit, Michigan.

Even the Detroit Red Wings Twitter responded to the Hurricanes tweet.

Oh, by the way, Carolina…

It’s ‘Hockeytown,’ not ‘Hockey Town!’

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