n the 2017 NHL entry draft, the Red Wings had 11 picks, including 6 picks in the first 3 rounds. Here’s a short recap of who was selected:
Michael Rasmussen (9th overall).
For the first time since the 90s, Detroit had a pick in the top 10, selecting the ninth overall pick. Rasmussen is a 6’6″, 215 LBS center who shoots left. He currently plays in the Western Hockey League (WHL). As big as Mantha, he was also compared to Tomas Holmstrom by Craig Button of TSN, for his ability to find loose pucks and score goals in tight areas.
Gustav Lindstrom (38th overall). The first defenseman of the draft, Lindstrom is a right shot defenseman at 6’2″ and weighing in at 187 LBS. Current team: Almtuna (SWE-2).
Kasper Kotkansalo (71st overall). Another defenseman, Kotkansalo is a lefty who plays in the USHL on the Sioux Falls. He’s 6’2″ and 196 LBS.
Lane Zablocki (79th overall). Also in the WHL, playing with the Red Deer, Zablocki is a right wing forward who also shoots right, and he is 5’11” and 179 LBS.
Zach Gallant (83rd overall). Another right wing player, who is 6’1″ and 198 LBS. He’s with Peterborough in the OHL and shoots left.
Keith Petruzzelli (88th overall). Detroit’s only goalie in this draft, playing in the USHL league with Muskegon. He’s a tall 6’5″ lefty who’s 174 LBS.
Malte Setkov (100th overall). A left shooting defenseman in the Swedish junior league, he’s 6’2″ and 165 LBS.
Cole Fraser (131st overall). 6’2″ and 195 LBS, Detroit drafted another large defenseman. He’s also in the OHL, with Peterborough, teammates with Gallant.
John Adams (162nd overall). Another player in the USHL, he’s a right wing who’s 6’5″ and 195 LBS, who also shoots right.
Reilly Webb (164th overall). 6’4″ and 195 LBS, Webb is a righty defenseman who is playing with the Hamilton team in the OHL.
Brady Gilmour (193rd overall). The last pick in this draft, he’s a center who’s shooting left in the OHL with Saginaw. He’s 5’10” and 170 LBS.
So it looks like the Wings stocked up on defense this year, which is what they desperately needed. Adding a few centers and right wingers helps their depth in the next few years as well.