The Detroit Red Wings had two picks in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft and used both to bring in more centers.
The Detroit Red Wings used their 196th pick to select Swedish center Axel Homlstrom, no relation to the Demolition Man, from Skelleftea in the SHL.
Axel Holmstrom had fifteen goals and thirty-eight points in thiry-three games with the Skelleftea Jr. in the SuperElite League and played four games with Skelleftea in the SHL.
Holmstrom was part of Sweden’s U-18 team at the World Junior Championship and had eleven points in seven games, unfortunately for him Sweden placed fourth in the tournament.
Holmstrom turn eighteen on Sunday, but a 6’0″ and 194 he already has a man’s body.
As long as Axel Holmstrom continues to improve and keeps putting up points in Sweden, this could be another diamond in the rough for Detroit.
The Detroit Red Wings used their second pick in the seventh round (201 overall) to draft Alexander Kadeykin out of Russia.
Kadeykin was passed over in the 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts, but after a year in the KHL the Detroit Red Wings decided to take a waiver out on Kadeykin.
At twenty years-old, 6’3″, and 213 pounds, he already has the body needed to play professionally and held his own in his first year in the KHL last season.
In fifty-four games last season with Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL, Alexander Kadeykin scored eight goals and tallied twenty-three points.
Kadeykin will spend a couple more years in the KHL progressing, but he could be the first player from the draft to make his way across the pond to join the Red Wings.