Projecting the Red Wing’s Final Six Picks in the 2021 NHL Draft

Steve Yzerman. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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5th Round Pick – Nick DeGrazia, Left-Winger

DeGrazia is a very, very tough player to analyze. He has just four non-junior league games under his belt, all in the OHL in 2020 with the Sudbury Wolves. DeGrazia snagged a goal and an assist in the limited action and was essentially locked up a starting role with the team heading into this year. After the OHL’s season was cancelled, he made the move back down to the juniors to finish out the year. DeGrazia scored seven goals and eight assists in 10 games playing in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

DeGrazia is one of those prospects with damaged draft stock after the Covid-19 cancellations hit. He missed an important opportunity to showcase how his skills could translate to a higher level, and because of that, scouts are stuck with almost entirely junior tape. At least the limited tape looks solid. DeGrazia has decent skill and solid speed, with none of the other talents really sticking out yet. Again, he could fill the pipeline as another speedy winger, with the potential to develop quickly in a better position.