The Detroit Red Wings did not have luck on their side (again) in the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery and they will be selecting at No. 6 when the 2021 NHL Draft begins.
Mock drafts have been rolling out and multiple players have been mentioned as a target for the Red Wings.
According to the latest 2021 NHL mock draft put out by TSN, the Red Wings select goaltender Jesper Wallstedt out of Lulea (SHL).
Quotables (Via The Hockey Writers)
“Wallstedt’s technique is incredibly advanced for a young goaltender. He uses his size effectively, coming out to cut down angles and gives shooters very little net to look at. His strong legs take away the bottom of the net. They also make him an effective skater. He is able to take away those angles but still gets a good backward push, which makes him hard to deke. Those strong legs also give him a strong push and good side-to-side movement. He tracks the puck extremely well on cross-ice passes and can get over to still make the save.” – Benn Kerr, Last Word on Hockey
“On top of his mental game and technical prowess, Wallstedt also has one of the best gloves you will see for a young goalie. Often, this aspect of a net-minders game can take the longest time to develop…with Wallstedt’s technically ability, alongside fantastic hand-eye coordination, he plucks the puck out of the air with ease, even on shots that are hard and accurate. His glove-work through traffic is also a joy to behold as he tracks the puck and shuts play down inside his Bauer trapper.” – Alexander Appleyard, Smaht Scouting
“Calm, cool and collected, Wallstedt is excellent positionally and highly poised in the net. As the puck approaches his net he comes out to the top of his crease and does well to stay with the play positionally. His awareness of the play is also something that stands out and is an elite part of his game.” – Dylan Galloway, FC Hockey