Quick Hits: The Trading Back Edition

In Red Wings Land

Red Wings could have their pick from this magnificent seven | Detroit News

The Magnificent Seven:

  • Bowen Byram, D
  • Cole Caufield, F
  • Dylan Cozens, C
  • Kirby Dach, C
  • Vasili Podkolzin, F
  • Alex Turcotte, C
  • Trevor Zegras, C/

Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings are expected to be able to choose a player from the group above when they’re on the clock with pick #6 at the NHL Draft, but will any of these guys would be available at pick #10?

In case you missed the conversation in the Quick Hits comments yesterday:

Depending on how the first five picks played out, I would absolutely consider moving back to #10. Yzerman should wait until the Wings are on the clock to make a decision. He has to wait and see if Turcotte or Byram falls to #6. If either of those two are available, Yzerman needs to run to the podium.

I think acquiring picks #10 and #40 from the Canucks would be a fair deal for #6. Maybe a defensemen like Jett Woo or Olli Juolevi instead of #40? The question then becomes is that prospect or extra 2nd rounder worth passing on Zegras or Dach? There’s probably a decent chance that someone like Podkolzin or Caufield could still be on the board at #10. Or does Yzerman have his eye on the next group of a defensemen? Maybe Philip Broberg or Moritz Seider?

The next few days could be fun.

Would you trade #6 for #10 & #40 (or a prospect)?


Around the League

Jesse Puljujarvi tells Oilers: ‘Trade me or I’ll play in Europe’ | Sportsnet

“At the end of the day, if you can do a deal that makes sense for the Edmonton Oilers, you do it,” said Holland, who spoke on Wednesday morning with Lehto. “If you can’t, you go over (to Europe) and watch him play, and hopefully he scores a lot of goals over there.”

Yzerman should send his pal Ken Holland one of the Red Wings’ late 2nd rounders for Jesse Puljujarvi. Take a flyer on the kid.

Mock Draft

2019 NHL Mock Draft: Predicting a turbulent first round | Sportsnet


Alex Turcotte, C, USNTDP: A well-rounded player who missed some time due to injuries this season. When healthy and at his best, Turcotte displays the best two-way game of anyone in the draft class. NHL connections are a nice bonus.

I would lose my damn mind if Turcotte somehow made it to Detroit.