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Could The Detroit Red Wings Trade The 15th Pick In The Draft?

The 2014 NHL Entry-Level Draft begins on June 27th and the Detroit Red Wings own the fifteenth pick in the first round.

If the Red Wings hold onto the pick it would be their highest selection in the draft since the 1991 NHL Entry-Level Draft where they selected Martin Lapointe with the tenth pick.

The Detroit Red Wings have seven picks in the draft, but do not own a pick in the second round due to the David Legwand trade with the Nashville Predators. Because the Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs, the conditional pick the Red Wings sent to Nashville as part of the deal changed from a third round selection to a second round selection.

The Red Wings do have two picks in the seventh round though, their own and the San Jose Sharks’s pick due to the Brad Stuart trade two off-seasons ago.

With seven selections in the draft the Detroit Red Wings do not need to trade their first round selection, but trading it could help Detroit pick up another pick in the draft.

Trading down from fifteen would allow Detroit to pick up at least one second round pick, which has historically been a good round or Detroit and would allow the Wings to pick again before their third round selection at seventy-six.

Over the past five drafts the Detroit Red Wings have selected: Tomas Tatar, Landon Ferraro, Calle Jarnkrok (Traded to Nashville), Tomas Jurco, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, Martin Frk, Zach Nastasuik, and Tyler Bertuzzi all with second round selections. While Ferraro and Frk still needs some grooming, Tatar, Jurco, Ouellet, and Sproul have shown promise in Detroit.

There is one problem, which could cause Detroit some issues if they end up trading the fifteenth pick and moving down in the draft, though. This year’s draft is particularly weak and moving down could cause Detroit to miss out on a prospect, which could help them a few years down the road.

Then again the Detroit Red Wings brain trust is extremely thorough and when Anthony Mantha was on the board during the Wings’ first pick in the first round last year, they traded down a couple spots to acquire a second round pick and were still able to select Mantha.

Whether the Detroit Red Wings stay at the fifteenth pick or trade down, the organization will have to wait two, three, or even four years before the player they select would be ready to become a professional because only the top two or three players have a chance at breaking into the NHL next season.

I do not believe that the Detroit Red Wings will trade down from the fifteenth spot in the draft, but they do have a history of trading down to acquire more draft selections and moving down one or two spots would not make a huge difference on the type of player they could select.

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