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In Red Wings Land

On the Wings of Tomorrow | DetroitRedWings.com

Three Wings prospects making an impact for B.U., Veleno and McIsaac golden at world juniors and more in the January prospect report

Joe Veleno and top prospect Alexis Lafreniere played ‘what if’ as Red Wings teammates | MLive

He called Lafreniere “a game changer.”

”(He can) take control of a game whenever he wants,” Veleno said. “It was fun to play with him as well as watch him on the ice when I was on the bench. Just an unbelievable talent, for sure.”

Seems like Alexis Lafrenière would be a great fit with the Red Wings, eh?

Around the League

Mock 2020 NHL Draft: Lafreniere consensus No. 1 pick | NHL.com

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Morreale -- Lafreniere: Lafreniere has dominated the QMJHL and likely will become the third player from that league chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft in the past eight years after Halifax forward Nathan MacKinnon (2013, Colorado Avalanche) and Halifax forward Nico Hischier (2017; New Jersey Devils).

Obviously we don’t know how the NHL draft lottery will turn out, but it’s still fun to see what potential order the players could go this June.

Insider Trading: Teams calling defence-thin Leafs | TSN

McKenzie: There’s no question about that Gino. Lots of teams around the National Hockey League calling the Toronto Maple Leafs saying, ‘hey, would you like one of our defencemen? We could make you a real sweet deal.’ And I suspect the Leafs are making some calls of their own on that front.

The Wings have plenty of wonderful defensemen for the Leafs!