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Friday, June 26, 2009

Who's left

OK. So the Wings have the second pick in the second round. Here's a look at some of the names that were highly rated and still on the board.

-- Landon Ferraro, center, Red Deer
He's a goal-scorer. Son of Ray Ferraro, Landon netted 37 goals in 68 WHL games. He's rated 17th overall by the International Scouting Services and 28th by The Hockey News. "Has the killer instinct that once he gets one he wants more," said ISS.

-- Drew Shore, center, US under-18 team
Shore is a quality two-way forward, a better defender than Ferraro. Rated No. 18 by ISS and No. 23 by The Hockey News, Shore is a good faceoff man and a pretty good playmaker. "Scouts project Shore as more of an energy/two-way center than an offensive producer," said THN.

-- Ethan Werek, center, Kingston
Was a good rookie in the Ontario Hockey League this season, netting 32 goals in 66 games. Werek isn't a skill-type player. He's got good hands, but doesn't have good skating skills or quickness. He could have played at Boston University, but went tot eh OHL instead to play for Doug Gilmour. The fact that he's only played one season in the OHL makes scouting him difficult because he doesn't have a long track record against top quality opposition. Ranked No. 26 by ISS and No. 34 by THN.

-- Carl Klingberg, left wing, Frolunda (Sweden)
At 6-3 and 205, Klingberg has good size and he uses it well. Klingberg is an explosive physical player with good speed. Has a very good shot, but doesn't use it as much as he should. "He's a guy who finishes his checks and goes to the net," said THN. Ranked No. 32 by ISS and No. 37 by THN.

-- Toni Rajala, left wing, Ilves (Finland)
Small (5-9), but a dynamic scorer. Rajala got 19 points in six games at the World U-18 Championships, breaking Alex Ovechkin's scoring record. The Wings have never shied away from small players, but Rajala isn't good defensively and that's something Detroit doesn't like. He's No. 31 in the ISS rankings and No. 49 in THN.

-- Richard Panik, center, Trinec (Czech)
This Slovak is a high skilled player who can score goals. Panik (wouldn't Panik in Detroit be a good headline?) might play with the Windsor Spitfires next season. His defense, however, needs work. Ranked No. 35 by ISS and No. 31 by THN.

Of course at this stage, who knows what name will rise and what name will fall. There are a bunch of other forwards in the late first/high second-round range still on the board.

The Red Wings seem set in net with Thomas McCollum being taken in the first round last summer and Jimmy Howard and Daniel Larsson in the system already. And the Wings have several young defensemen in the system with Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl. But perhaps Detroit will use the 32nd pick on a netminder or blue-liner instead of a forward.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detroit needs a power forward type. They were extremely successful when Shanahan came to town. I believe Detroit got beat up by both Chicago and Pittsburgh. Yes Detroit plays a skill game first but those guys get pushed around too easily and it takes a toll over time.

June 27, 2009 at 12:58 AM 
Blogger Neil said...

Hmm, power forward? Don't like Franzen then, eh? I don't think Detroit had much of a problem on the offensive side of things this year reg. season or playoffs. But I somewhat agree in that it would be nice to land a skilled banger who can fight (ie. North American).

June 27, 2009 at 1:52 AM 

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