Saturday, June 24, 2006

Red Wings Draft Update

Just after the 28th pick, the Wings completed a trade with Phoenix, handing the Coyotes the 29th and 152nd picks in exchange for the 41st and 47th. So, although they've only had two first rounders in the last 7 years, the Wings traded it away for two second-round selections. They now have three picks in the second round (41st, 47th, and 62nd). Phoenix used the pick to select a defenseman, Chris Summers, a smooth-skating American U-18 gold medal winner, according to TSN's draft tracker and James Mirtle. Pretty disappointing the Wings only did such a minor deal. I'll be honest: visions of Shane Doan in the Winged Wheel went through my head when they mentioned the Wings were talking a trade over with Phoenix. Paul Kukla says the Wings are uncomfortable drafting in the first round. It sure seems like it! Guess we'll have to wait and see who they pick with what they got. Since OLN is no longer broadcasting the draft, if you're in the States, you'll have to watch it online with NHL Network's live stream (via. Kukla's Korner). If you're like me and on a slow connection, try refreshing Mirtle's liveblog or NHL Draft Net's tracker. Update (10:04 PM): The second round picks are in:
41st - Cory Emmerton - C/LW 47th - Shawn Matthias - C 62nd - Dick Axelsson - W
More to come.


At 6/24/2006 09:51:00 PM, Blogger Brian List said...

What about Tanguay to Calgary? I was surprised the Avs were willing to give up a 29 goal scorer for Leopold. And the Wings lost their chance with Raycroft...

At 6/25/2006 08:47:00 AM, Blogger Matt Saler said...

Yeah, interesting that they'd trade away such a goal-scorer. Calgary gets a needed boost in that department, though.

At 6/25/2006 10:09:00 PM, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Ah, apologies for never getting around to that — they had me sign off at 9:30 p.m. following Round 1.


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