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Red Wings to pick 6th overall in 2019 NHL Draft; let’s talk about it

Robbed? No, that’s how a lottery works!

Finland v United States: Gold Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Holy hell, the Oilers didn’t get it!

The Red Wings have found themselves in a familiar position — 6th overall in the Draft. The same spot they had in 2018 when they selected Filip Zadina. Detroit fell two spots in the lottery. The biggest surprise is the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks moved up 12 spots for 3rd overall. The winner of Jack Hughes came down to one of the NHL’s best rivals. The Devils and Rangers were the last two teams — the Devils coming out on top for the number 1 pick in Vancouver this June.

So, here’s the order for the lottery teams in the 2019 NHL Draft:

  1. New Jersey Devils
  2. New York Rangers
  3. Chicago Blackhawks
  4. Colorado Avalanche
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. Buffalo Sabres
  8. Edmonton Oilers
  9. Anaheim Ducks
  10. Vancouver Canucks
  11. Philadelphia Flyers
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Florida Panthers
  14. Arizona Coyotes
  15. Montreal Canadiens

I’ll be honest, I see the drop-off of talent between the top-two, and bottom-six in this Draft as very steep. Tonight was all about number 1 and number 2. The Red Wings now need to focus on what they need at number 6. I have my eyes on guys like Alex Turcotte, Trevor Zegras, Kirby Dach, or Cole Caufield. As a primer, I’ve listed the top-20 prospects according to Future Considerations.

Top 20 prospects

1 Hughes, Jack NTDP USHL C 5-10 170 USA
2 Kakko, Kaapo TPS Liiga RW 6-2 195 FIN
3 Podkolzin, Vasili SKA St. Petersburg MHL RW 6-1 190 RUS
4 Byram, Bowen Vancouver WHL D 6-1 195 CAN
5 Krebs, Peyton Kootenay WHL LW 5-11 180 CAN
6 Dach, Kirby Saskatoon WHL C 6-4 200 CAN
7 Cozens, Dylan Lethbridge WHL C 6-3 180 CAN
8 Turcotte, Alex NTDP USHL C 5-11 190 USA
9 Boldy, Matthew NTDP USHL LW 6-2 185 USA
10 Zegras, Trevor NTDP USHL C 6-0 170 USA
11 Soderstrom, Victor Brynas SHL D 5-11 180 SWE
12 Suzuki, Ryan Barrie OHL C 6-0 180 CAN
13 York, Cam NTDP USHL D 5-11 170 USA
14 Robertson, Matthew Edmonton WHL D 6-3 200 CAN
15 Seider, Moritz Mannheim DEL D 6-4 190 GER
16 Caufield, Cole NTDP USHL RW 5-7 155 USA
17 Broberg, Philip AIK Allsvenskan D 6-3 200 SWE
18 Newhook. Alex Victoria BCHL C 5-10 190 CAN
19 Lavoie, Raphael Halifax QMJHL C 6-4 190 CAN
20 McMichael, Connor London OHL C 5-11 170 CAN
Spring Ranking Future Considerations

So, it’s not Jack Hughes, and it’s not Kaapo Kakko... But the Red Wings will find themselves another top talent to add to the cupboard. A top-10 pick could also be a useful tool in a trade. Who knows. It’s going to be a real weird summer.