Player Profile: Connor Murphy

With the draft only two days away, we are nearing the end of my Player Profiles, designed to get you ready for Friday night’s festivities. I’ve scoured the globe examining the best talent that could be available when Ken Holland steps up to the podium to announce the Red Wings first selection of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, at 24th overall. The list of players I have profiled includes:

Joel Armia, the Finnish Ace.

Rickard Rakell, the skilled Swede playing his junior hockey in nearby Plymouth, MI.

Tomas Jurco, of the Memorial Cup winning Saint John Seadogs.

Vladislav Namestnikov, the talented Russian with all those Red Wings connections.

All of the above are supremely talented forwards, and the Red Wings would be thrilled to have any of them. However, if I had to wager a guess on what position the Red Wings will address with their first pick, it would have to be defense.

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Wings Have Options in First Round

The Wings have plenty of options available to them in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft this summer, where they will draft somewhere between 22nd and 30th. We call that status quo in Detroit, who have become accustomed to drafting late in rounds due to their strong finishes in the league standings. In fact, Jakub Kindl at 19th overall in 2005 was the highest they’ve drafted in decades.

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