The most logical picks for the Red Wings each round make up 2024 NHL Mock Draft 1.0

With the 2024 NHL Draft fast approaching, it’s time for the first mock draft of the season. Who should Steve Yzerman take, and with which pick in Mock Draft 1.0?
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Round 6: Jonas Taibel, LW/Rapperswil U20

I wanted to get one more versatile forward before this draft ended, and Jonas Taibel, despite a need to grow more into his frame, brings sound potential. He played for a season in the QMJHL before returning to Europe, where he was a bit of a journeyman. However, his play for Switzerland at the international level was worth watching, and he was respected enough as a player to be a captain for the national team. 

Round 7A: Jan Spunar, G/Portland Winterhawks

Jan Spunar, an older prospect who will be AHL-eligible this season and following a stellar year with the Portland Winterhawks, could be a dark horse to end up at the pro (AHL) level for whichever team takes him. He logged a 0.913 save percentage or better in the regular and postseason this past year, his GAA never crept over 2.32, and the 19-year-old recorded three shutouts. 

Round 7B: Finn Harding, D/Mississauga Steelheads

I was beyond surprised to see Finn Harding sitting here later in the seventh round, and once again, it didn’t take long for me to make a decision on the 6’1, 183-pound 19-year-old. He doesn’t have the same productivity as many of the top defensemen, but Harding can also play another two seasons in Mississauga to continually hone his game and work his way to the next level. 


(Statistics provided by Elite Prospects)