Hey, I'm a Maple Leaf fan and I'm detroits GM in a fantasy pool. Can anyone tell me what rounds Detroit will be partipating in in this years upcoming draft? I'd really appriciate if you could tell me. Thanks
What are 3 players Detroit has a realistic chance of picking up. I read that Kabanov might drop to the 2nd round. Probably because of the risk of the KHL.
What are the chances they pick up someone who can jump right into the NHL and make an impact?
Players that are picked later in round 1 usually need some more time to develop and go back to their college/minor league team or the AHL for a year or two. It is very unlikely that a NHL-ready player will be drafted late in the round. Unless it is a European player that has already developed a lot beforehand (Franzen and Ericsson for example), but that still doesn't guarantee that they will be able to fit right in.
I trust the Red Wings scouts to find players that either can jump right into the team or take time to develop in the AHL.