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07-10-2012, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
I've said very often Detroit's drafting is terrible. They got reputation for late round gems, but they haven't got many european players in a long time. Very few are NHL regulars. So much for the god like image of Hakan Andersson.

Their drafting is pretty good but it did go a few years on a dry run until the past few years. They also regularly trade their high picks unlike a lot of teams.

From 2000, post Zetterberg, they've drafted 11 decent to good NHLers. Euros starred.:

29. Niklas Kronwall*, D
38. Tomas Kopecky*, W
42. Justin Abdelkader, W
58. Jiri Hudler*, W
63. Tomas Fleischmann*, W
64. Jim Howard, G
95. Valtteri Filppula*, C
97. Johan Franzen*, W
132. Darren Helm, C
132. Kyle Quincey, D
291. Jonathan Ericsson*, D

They currently have a really deep prospect pool. Next season Nyqvist and Smith should be added to the above list.

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