The Detroit Red Wings were not able to make a blockbuster trade during the Draft, but I doubt anyone expected that from Ken Holland and Co.
They were able to make a trade with the San Jose Sharks during the 2013 NHL Draft though and while it was not a blockbuster deal, it was a significant one for the Red Wings.
Detroit traded the 18th pick in the Draft to the San Jose for their 20th and 58th picks.
When this trade was first announced people probably thought it was not going to be a significant factor in the Red Wings plan, but they were wrong. This was a carefully calculated move which gave the Red Wings another second round pick in the deepest draft since 2003 and they only had to move down two picks in the first round.
The move became even more significant when the play they wanted, Anthony Mantha, was still available two picks later.
Anthony Mantha led the CHL last season with 50 goals last season and will be the big, strong, goal scoring power forward that they have always dreamed about.
There is not much info on Bertuzzi, but Ken Holland and Co. described him as similar to Chicago’s Andrew Shaw. He will be someone who’s tough to play against and will be a bit of a rat on the ice.
The Wings might have reached a bit on Tyler, but he might have been selected before the Wings’ next pick (79th) in the third round.
Overall this was a trade that made the Red Wings’ prospect pool better and it did not cost them the player they coveted at #18.
We will be going into more in-depth analysis of the Draft tomorrow and release our draft grade for the Red Wings.