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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Czech forward is Wings' first third-rounder

With the pick acquired from the Lightning by moving down three spots, the Red Wings took a Czech forward, Andrej Nestrasil, who played last season with Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Nestrasil was rated No. 75 overall by ISS and was taken by Detroit with the 75th pick. Central Scouting didn't like him nearly so much, placing him 131st among North American skaters.

Nestrasil had 22 goals and 57 points in 66 games in the Q. He played for the Czechs at the World U-18 Championships. Skating is a downside, according to ISS, but he has good size (6-2, 200) and is a good offensive player. Nestrasil was second on Victoriaville in scoring in his first season in North America.

"He does an excellent job of protecting the puck and shows very good hands in tight places," said ISS.


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