One of the Detroit Red Wings‘ biggest needs this offseason will be to add a No. 1 goaltender to replace Jimmy Howard, who will not be re-signed.
Some thought the Red Wings would try to strike a deal for Matt Murray, but he was traded to the Ottawa Senators just moments before the start of the 2nd Round of the NHL Draft.
Now, according to a report from David Pagnotta, the Red Wings are among the teams interested in trading for Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender, Joonas Korpisalo.
With Murray now in Ottawa, teams that lost out will shift their focus to Korpisalo in Columbus. He's generated a lot of interest, as well. Detroit among the teams believed to be interested.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 7, 2020
Korpisalo, who is 26, is currently under contract with the Blue Jackets through the 2021-22 season.
During this past season, Korpisalo was 19-12 with a 2.60 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
The best three Detroit Red Wings late-round draft selections
The Detroit Red Wings hold the 4th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Draft, which gets underway tonight. It's been a while since they picked that high in the annual proceedings – in fact, the last time they held the 4th pick, they picked a young Steve Yzerman in 1983.
They're banking on whomever they select to have a major part in their team rebuild as they look to rebound from owning the NHL's worst record, and four straight years out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
However, they've been able to strike gold late in the annual Draft in years past, finding some of the greatest players in NHL history who would have been surefire 1st round picks had other teams done their homework.
Let's take a look back at the three best late round draft selections made by the Red Wings.
No. 3: Pavel Datsyuk, 171st overall in 1998
You can excuse folks for overlooking Pavel Datsyuk early in his first season with the Detroit Red Wings. After all, he was a rookie on a team stacked with nine future Hall of Fame players. However, fans quickly began to take notice of the flashy Russian's on-ice creativity. He was soon placed on a line with forward Boyd Devereaux and veteran Brett Hull, forming the “Two Kids and a Goat” line that culminated in the 2002 Stanley Cup title.
He is a three-time Selke Award winner as the NHL's top defensive forward and a two-time Cup winner.
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