The Detroit Red Wings start their 2nd round off with three picks, #35, 48, and 55 overall after trading their first rounder to Ottawa (who took Peterborough LW Matt Puempel, my favorite of the on-air first round interviews).
I'll let The Production Line's Michael Petrella break down the reasoning:
Jim Nill let it be known that they were hoping to land a defenseman with their early picks, but likely saw that anyone they had an eye on was selected before their turn, and decided that they’d rather take two good players instead of one “very good” player.
The Red Wings did something similar in 2009 — trading their 29th overall pick to Tampa Bay for the 32nd and 75th overall picks. The Lightning took Carter Ashton, and the Red Wings took Landon Ferraro and Andrej Nestrasil (with Tomas Tatar picked in between with their own selection).
Head over to TPL and give the full article a read. There's much more good information to be had.
Rounds 2-7 run today as we'll see what other craziness can happen. Washington can't overpay for Troy Brouwer again and the Sharks can't get run over in another trade for Brent Burns, but there's still plenty of interest to be had. Join us for a live chat of all the action.