BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 31: Forward Tomas Jurco #13 of Slovakia carries the puck during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between Slovakia and Finland on December 31 2010 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Detroit went into Saturday with nine picks spread among the remaining six rounds after trading out of the first. Time will tell on all of these picks, but Detroit got a good crop of youngsters with a broad spectrum of talents:
Pick #35: Tomas Jurco RW (Slovakia) - 6'1" 191lbs from the QMJHL
Pick #48: Xavier Oullett D (France/Canada) - 6'0" 179lbs from the QMJHL
Pick #55: Ryan Sproul D (Canada) - 6'3" 185lbs from the OHL
Pick #85: Alan Quine D (Canada) - 5'11" 184lbs from the OHL
Pick #115: Marek Tvrdon RW (Slovakia) - 6'2" 210lbs from the WHL
Pick #175: Richard Nedomlel D (Czech Republic) - 6'4" from the WHL
Pick #205: Alexei Marchenko D (Russia) - 6'2" 183lbs from CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Recap: The Wings drafted along their organizational philosophy very well. Each of the four defensemen they took have some form of offensive instincts (although Sproul may the the best of the bunch and that may be because of his physicality). They got a potential gamebreaker in Jurco and a guy who has been compared to Franzen in Tvrdon. During our 2nd round live chat, prospect expert Kyle Kujawa (@Kyle_Kujawa on Twitter) indicated that Jurco and Sproul will probably be ready to turn pro soonest and that we'll likely see Jurco in Grand Rapids as early as 2012-13. Nedomlel is kind of the odd man here, as looking for videos of him returns a lot of fights, but no actual hockey-playing highlights. It feels the Wings took a chance on a guy who could blossom into the next Jiri Fischer, but is more likely to turn into another Andreas Lilja. Either way, chancing a sixth-rounder on him was a good gamble. Oullett and Quine may look undersized for defenseman standards, but they're both potentially very good offensive d-men for the future. Phillipe Hudon is touted as a guy who is responsible in all three zones and is a very good board-battler.
Overall, I feel Detroit had a very successful draft. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below.