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Elliotte Friedman released his latest edition of the always wonderful ‘31 Thoughts’ yesterday and he had a few interested Red Wings related notes.

The Draft

First off, Thought #13 revolves around the idea that the upcoming NHL Draft doesn’t really begin until Montreal selects at #3. We all know the Sabres are taking Rasmus Dahlin and it’s believed that the Hurricanes are going to draft Andrei Svechnikov. How things shake out after that is up to the Canadiens. Will the Habs go with Filip Zadina, a defenseman or Jesperi Kotkaniemi? Within his thought, Friedman brings up the Wings:

I don’t think Detroit is moving, barring an offer that gives them great assets for their rebuild. After that sixth pick, teams willing to move are Vancouver (at seven), Edmonton (at 10) and possibly the Islanders (11 and/or 12).

It’s a quick thought, but it’s nice and clear after weeks of the local beat writers being all over the place talking about both trading up and down. Friedman is basically telling us Ken Holland is going to make a selection at #6 unless he can get a king’s ransom by moving back and acquiring even more high end assets.

I think staying at #6 is the Red Wings’ best plan of attack. I, personally, wouldn’t move back unless it was just one or two spots to #7 or #8. Don’t overthink this. Just take the best player available and get a high end prospect for the system.

Behind the Bench

Coming in at Thought #28 is “Coaching stuff.”

There are rumblings Dan Bylsma may return somewhere as an assistant coach if he’s not on the Islanders’ radar. A logical spot would be Detroit, since he and Jeff Blashill just worked together at the World Championships.

Sign me up

Dan Bylsma may have fizzled out in Buffalo, but he is still a Stanley Cup championship winning head coach. I don’t think it would hurt to have an experienced voice to work alongside Jeff Blashill and, like Friedman mentioned, the two coaches have a previous relationship already.

If Blashill ended up getting fired in the middle of the season, Bylsma would be an easy person to give the interim head coach tag for the remainder of the year. Plus, Bylsma is from Grand Haven, MI and we all know how much the Wings like bringing in people with local ties.

Hunting Season

No real Earth-shattering news with Thought #29.

Mark Hunter, involved in almost as many rumours, has been linked to Detroit, Montreal and the Islanders. We’ll see. He’s (officially) unavailable until July 15.

We knew there was talk about the Red Wings having interest in Mark Hunter, but Friedman is a much more reputable source than Steve Simmons.

I would have absolutely no problem with Hunter joining Detroit’s front office in some capacity. He has experience and it provides a different voice in the room. We haven’t been truly happy with the current management group for awhile now, so why not try something new?

More Thoughts

Of course, check out the rest of 31 Thoughts too. Lots of good stuff on Alex Ovechkin. Plus, the Golden Knights potential offseason pursuit of Erik Karlsson.