Octopi Hockeytown NHL Mock Draft

The Detroit Red Wings will have the No. 15 pick overall in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday, June 27 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The first round will take place Friday and then rounds 2-7 will be hosted throughout the day on Saturday.

Since the Red Wings drafted Martin LaPointe at No. 10 overall in the 1991 NHL Draft, they have not had a higher draft pick than they do this year. At No. 15, the Wings have options to fill holes at the center position, winger position or the blue line.

The team is lacking depth at defense going into the 2014-2015 season, especially right-handed shooting defensemen. Currently the Red Wings only have three right-handed defensemen, all of which are playing on an affiliate team to the NHL club. Ryan Sproul, Alexey Marchenko and Nick Jensen are currently the only right-handed defensemen on the team.

Although the need, the Red Wings are not known to take defensemen in the first round of the draft. The team has only taken four defensemen in the past fifteen years with their first round pick: Jiri Fischer (’98), Niklas Kronwall (’00), Jakub Kindl (’05) and Brenden Smith (’07).

When the Wings picked up David Legwand in the middle of the 2013-2014 season, they gave up a center prospect, Patrick Eaves, and a 2014 second round draft pick.

Detroit’s next pick will come in the third round at No. 76 overall. The Wings also hold picks in the fourth round (No. 106), fifth round (No. 136), sixth round (No. 166), and two picks in the seventh round (No. 196 & 201).

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Options for the No. 15 Pick:

Julius Honka (D)
Age: 18
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 181 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Birthplace: Jyvaskyla, Finland
 
2013-2014
Team
Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Statistics
62 GP, 16 G, 40 A, 56 PTS, 52PIM
Other Information
Good awareness on the ice
Excels on the power play
Exceptional puck movement
Strong blue line presence
 

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Dylan Larkin (C)
Age: 17
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 192 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthplace: Detroit, Mich.
 
2013-2014
Team
USA U-18
Statistics
60GP, 31 G, 25 A, 56 PTS, 56 PIM
Other Information
Dependable two-way forward
Would fit great in the Wings’ puck possession offense
Great skating abilities
 

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Nikolaj Ehlers (LW)

Age: 18
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 176 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark
 
2013-2014
Team
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Statistics
63 GP, 49 G, 55 A, 104 PTS, 51 PIM
Other Information
Great puck handling skills
Great speed
Pure goal scoring machine
 

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Recent Notable Draft Picks:
2008, Rd. 4, No. 121 – Gustav Nyquist
2009, Rd. 2, No. 60 – Tomas Tatar
2010, Rd. 1, No. 21 – Riley Sheahan
2010, Rd. 5, No. 141 – Petr Mrazek
2011, Rd. 2, No. 35 – Tomas Jurco
2011, Rd. 2, No. 48 – Xavier Ouellet
2011, Rd. 2, No. 55 – Ryan Sproul
2013, Rd. 1, No. 20 – Anthony Mantha
 

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Notable Draft Picks Throughout History:
1983, Rd. 1, No. 4 – Steve Yzerman
1989, Rd. 3, No. 53 – Nicklas Lidstrom
1989, Rd. 11, No. 221 – Vladimir Konstantinov
1994, Rd. 10, No. 257 – Tomas Holmstrom
1998, Rd. 6, No. 171 – Pavel Datsyuk
1999, Rd. 7, No. 210 – Henrik Zetterberg
2000, Rd. 1, No. 29 – Niklas Kronwall
2003, Rd. 2, No. 64 – Jimmy Howard
2004, Rd. 3, No. 97 – Johan Franzen
 

Austin Goodman is the host of Octopi Hockeytown at Impact Sports.


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