The Red Wings had a pretty solid first day if you look at how things turned out. Detroit had two picks in the first round (Their own at No. 6 and Vegas pick at No. 30). Coming into the draft, speculation was that the Red Wings was going to select a defenseman, which has been their biggest need for the past few years. If you’ve watched the draft, things tend to change as the draft goes.
When the Red Wings pick came at No. 6, Ken Holland went with the Forward from Halifax out of the QMJHL in Filip Zadina. The 6’0 right winger was projected to be a top 3 pick, but ended up falling right into Detroit’s hand. At that point Holland opted to take the Best Player Available.
The day didn’t stop there! Detroit had another pick at No. 30. This was the draft pick acquired in their trade with the Vegas Golden Knight. Once again the Red Wings went with the Best Player Available when another forward fell to them. Joe Veleno from the QMJHL was taken at 30th overall.
While some will say Detroit should have taken defense with their 6th and/or 30th pick, but nobody expected two of the top players fall so far in the first round. Not to mention there is a lot of talent that slipped to the second round.
Day 2 will be pretty interesting for the Red Wings as they hold 9 picks between rounds 2-7, including two early 2nd round picks in the 33rd and 36th picks in the NHL draft.