Quick Hits: The Weird & Hard Edition

In Red Wings Land

Detroit Red Wings mock draft: Steve Yzerman looks to Germany again - Detroit Free Press

Mock draft season is here; rejoice!

In this exercise, we give the Wings the second pick. And Yzerman dips into the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for a second straight year to select left wing Tim Stützle of Adler Mannheim. Stützle was ranked the top international skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau final rankings.

Good job by Helene to find a way to mock the Wings taking a guy a lot of fans would be happy to see drafted in a way that would leave a lot of fans unhappy with that selection.


Listen to WIIM Radio: The Advanced Planning Edition

We missed Kyle on this one, but got into a lot of good discussion about the league’s half-baked trial balloon and the idea of the 12 RFAs that remain unsigned.

Bowey and Mantha Will Represent the Red Wings in the “NHL Player Gaming Challenge”

Watch Bowey earn himself a big contract based on this.

Around the League

How to make the 2020 NHL draft work - ESPN

“I actually think that’s pretty easy,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “It’s almost like [going] back to the future, right? Our draft, a long time ago, was held by the telephone. If modern technology can be used to create video images, it’s really no different than transmitted selections over an electronic medium. I think it’s pretty easy, actually.”

Honestly, there’s a lot of “this is how this would be weird and hard to do it this way” that I kind of don’t care about. Weird and Hard was my nickname in high school and it’s perfect to describe 2020 anyway. Let’s get weird.  You can do the other part on your own free time.