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I expect Taro Hirose to make the Red Wings opening night roster this fall. He showed late last season that he can contribute at the NHL level. Now, he just needs to prove he can do it consistently over the course of an entire season. I think Hirose could be a solid 3rd line guy.
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This is an absolutely crucial draft for Detroit, which has a high first-rounder (sixth overall) and three second-rounders to play with. With Steven Yzerman taking over as GM, it could also be a chaotic one. How much will his fingerprints be on this draft, or will he cede all trust in current director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright and his staff?
Yzerman & co. are going to have a lot of good options at #6 and will probably get a pretty good player regardless of which direction they decide to go. It’s those three 2nd round selections that are so important. The Wings need to find some quality NHL players with those picks.