Red Wings, Steve Yzerman earn high marks for 2020 Draft selections

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up a busy 2nd day of the 2020 NHL Draft by bringing aboard several young players that GM Steve Yzerman and Co. envision being a big part of the future fo the franchise.

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And we in the Motor City weren’t the only ones to notice.

Several analysts gave the Red Wings high marks for their 12 selections, which were tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for highest number of picks. Kicking things off was the selection of Swedish forward Lucas Raymond with the 4th overall pick.

Take a look below at some examples:

J.D. Burke of Elite Prospects (EP Rinkside): A
“The Detroit Red Wings made two of my least favourite picks in the draft,” Burke wrote, “and they still walk away with one of the best grades of any team to leave the last two day’s festivities. That’s what pick volume can do for a team.”

Chris Peters of ESPN: B
“In total, the Red Wings drafted seven players off my top 100 and got one of my intriguing late-rounders to watch in Alex Cotton, an all-offense defenseman who had 20 goals in the WHL last season,” Peters writes. “Detroit has a lot more work to do, but this was a pretty good haul for the Red Wings.”

Corey Pronman of The Athletic: A-
“I think Detroit made the right pick at 4, and got the player with the most talent outside the consensus top three in Lucas Raymond. After that they had a ton of picks. You could quibble over the slot for a couple, but overall I thought they added a lot of talent. No. 32 overall defenseman William Wallinder projects as an NHL player, and several of their other picks have either strong or fair chances to play games in the league.”

Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report: B+

– – Quotes via The Detroit News Link – –