2018 NHL Draft: The Red Wings select Jonatan Berggren and Jared McIssac with picks No. 33 and 36

There was no shortage of talent in the 2nd round of the NHL draft. With two early second round picks, Detroit had a ton of options to go with moving forward. With pick No. 33 the Red Wings opted for another forward in Jonatan Berggren. No more than 5 seconds later the team FINALLY selected a defenseman in Jared McIssac.

Jonatan Berggren was the third straight forward taken by the Red Wings. At 5’10, 181 lb, The Swedish forward scored 18 goals and had 39 assists in 57 games played for the Skelleftea junior team, however when he moved up to the men’s team he had no points in 10 games played with them. Berggren brings upside offensively with his speed and play making ability. Also a pretty scrappy player as well.

Defenseman Jared McIssac comes out of the QMJHL and tackles a need at defenseman. In his second season with Halifax, McIssac collected 9 goals and 38 assists in 65 games, however he also collected 86 penalty minutes as well. McIssac is more of a stay at home defenseman with good size and plays a physical game. His downside is that he doesn’t play smart hockey which shows with the amount of penalty minutes collected last season.

 

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