Before the 2014 NHL Draft began, we talked about whether the Detroit Red Wings depth at certain positions in the prospect pool would factor into their decisions during the draft.
The Detroit Red Wings went into the draft short on centers and left the draft bursting at the seems after drafting five centers in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Detroit drafted centermen: Dylan Larkin, Dominic Turgeon, Christoffer Ehn, Axel Holmstrom, and Alexander Kadeykin.
Most likely these players will not Red Wings organization for two to three years, which does not help the Wings’ depth currently, but in a few years when the current core group begins to degrade they will be ready to step right in for Detroit.
The other two of the Detroit Red Wings draft selections were on Finnish left winger Julius Vahatalo and Chase Perry an American goalie heading to the Colorado College.
No draft selections were used on a defenseman, which was a surprising move by the Detroit Red Wings because they have selected at least one defenseman in their last ten drafts. The last time Detroit did not select a defenseman in the draft was back in 1999.
These players might have been the highest ranked players on the wings’ draft board when they were on the clock, but it would be too much of a coincidence if true.
The reality is, the Detroit Red Wings knew the talent pool at center was not only low, but bottoming out and they need to add as many centers to it as they could in hopes that two or three of them could help Detroit in the future.
The other interesting thing the Detroit Red Wings did was not draft a single Canadian, instead Detroit drafted three American, three Scandinavians, and one Russian. American Dominic Turgeon does play in the WHL, but for the Portland Winterhawks based out of Oregon.
It was the first time in Detroit Red Wings draft history that they did not select a Canadian hockey player.
There will be questions surrounding the Wings’ draft this year, but the Detroit Red Wings did what they needed to do in order to fill up an area of need with talented players.