Detroit Red Wings Mock Draft: Fixing the Top Six

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The draft is nearing and the fun is just beginning. The Red Wings have many things they have to figure out before the draft, but that’s what makes this time so much fun. Everything is up in the air and there is so much to debate.

The Detroit Red Wings are selecting eigth overall in this years 2022 NHL entry draft. With the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes, Seattle Kraken, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Ottawa Senators being the only teams selecting in front of them, the chances of them getting a player at the positions of need is going to be fairly easy. That is if they select right.

Now, as a follower of hockey, I know that Yzerman knows what he’s doing. We are seeing that in Tampa Bay even now. Of course, they didn’t really put up much of a fight against the Avalanche yesterday, but they are still in the Stanley cup for the third year straight. That’s because of Yzerman drafting well and being smart in the free agency market and only making trades when it truly benefits the team.

Knowing those things, it’s easy to go into this NHL draft with the assumption that there is nothing to worry about, but of course there is.

The players have to be able to fit a certain play style and be willing to do whatever the coaches ask of them and right now we don’t have a coach. Therefore, the Red Wings are preparing to draft under the assumption of best player available.

I mean, we know the needs that we have are a top line center behind Dylan Larkin, A top four left-handed defenseman alongside Filip Hronek, and a elite goal scorer. They do that, they are well on their way to competing again. But this is all under the speculation that these players you draft are going to pan out. Therefore, I think it’s time to give you guys a NHL 2022 mock draft.