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Red Wings GM says it is highly likely that the Swedish striker will remain with club Frolunda’s squad this season.

The Detroit News

In addition to quantity, it appears the Detroit Red Wings have achieved quality in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

The Red Wings’ 12 selections – on par with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the most part in draft – during the two-day event generally offset the positive reviews of Detroit from national analysts, including an “A” rating from JD Burke, a columnist for Elite Prospects’ EP Rinkside and a B by ESPN’s Chris Peters.

Lucas Raymond (Photo: Rena Laverty / USA Hockey)

Likewise, Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report gave the Wings a B-plus.

Burke and Peters each wrote a bevy of Wings picks that helped improve their rank.

“The Detroit Red Wings made two of my least favorite picks in the draft,” Burke wrote, “and they still walk away with one of the best votes of any team to leave the festivities of the last couple of days. This is what they can do. the volume of the pick for a group. “

The Red Wings draft was led by Swedish striker Lucas Raymond, selected on Tuesday with the overall number 4. Peters called Raymond “one of the best offensive talents in the draft”. The Wings added three perspectives to the second round, led by Swedish defender William Wallinder, who both Peters and Burke said appears to be crude, but has potential.

In the second round, strikers Theodor Niederbach and Cross Hanas were also selected – prospects Peters and Burke seem to appreciate.

“Theodor Niederbach really came on the scene last season or so, growing a little bit on me,” writes Peters. “He creates chances but he has to work on shooting.

“… In total, the Red Wings picked seven players from my top 100 and had one of my intriguing late players to watch in Alex Cotton, an attacking defender who had 20 goals in the WHL last season,” he writes Peters. “Detroit has a lot more work to do, but this has been a nice booty for the Red Wings.”

Burke’s best end result for the Wings was Czech goalkeeper Jan Bednar, who was caught in the fourth round.

“He’s so athletic,” Burke writes, “and he pulled off some of the best saves I’ve seen from any first-time draft-eligible goalkeeper in this class not named Yaroslav Askarov (selected No. 11 overall by the Nashville Predators). “