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In Red Wings Land

Big, athletic Jan Bednar hopes to make 'Dominik Hasek saves' for the Red Wings

“When I was younger, I loved to make Dominik Hasek saves," said Bednar, 18, and the Wings’ fourth-round pick in last week’s Entry Draft, during a Zoom call with Detroit media. “I saw some documentary from 2002 when the Wings won the Stanley Cup, with Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull, Steve Yzerman. I like them.

We’re just going to ignore the whole part about learning about the players in 2002 and go right to imagining another Dominik Hasek wearing the winged wheel.

William Wallinder brings size, mobility Red Wings seek in defensemen - mlive.com

Wallinder, 18, will need to utilize his size playing against men for Modo in Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second-highest division. That is where he spent half of 2019-20, after being promoted from the junior squad.

“He’s going to get tested night in and night out,” Kris Draper, Red Wings director of amateur scouting, said. “He knows he has to get stronger, but when you start talking about the size and the range, you look at some of the teams that were successful throughout the playoffs, they had a big D corps. That’s something we were talking about, but in the end … you’re not going to draft them just because they’re big, you want to draft them because they can skate, make a good first pass and that’s what we felt we got in William.”

Big mobile defensemen who can pass well? Yes, please.

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