Red Wings to pick 6th overall in 2019 NHL Draft; let’s talk about it

Robbed? No, that’s how a lottery works!

Holy hell, the Oilers didn’t get it!

The Red Wings have found themselves in a familiar position — 6th overall in the Draft. The same spot they had in 2018 when they selected Filip Zadina. Detroit fell two spots in the lottery. The biggest surprise is the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks moved up 12 spots for 3rd overall. The winner of Jack Hughes came down to one of the NHL’s best rivals. The Devils and Rangers were the last two teams — the Devils coming out on top for the number 1 pick in Vancouver this June.

So, here’s the order for the lottery teams in the 2019 NHL Draft:

  1. New Jersey Devils
  2. New York Rangers
  3. Chicago Blackhawks
  4. Colorado Avalanche
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Detroit Red Wings
  7. Buffalo Sabres
  8. Edmonton Oilers
  9. Anaheim Ducks
  10. Vancouver Canucks
  11. Philadelphia Flyers
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Florida Panthers
  14. Arizona Coyotes
  15. Montreal Canadiens

I’ll be honest, I see the drop-off of talent between the top-two, and bottom-six in this Draft as very steep. Tonight was all about number 1 and number 2. The Red Wings now need to focus on what they need at number 6. I have my eyes on guys like Alex Turcotte, Trevor Zegras, Kirby Dach, or Cole Caufield. As a primer, I’ve listed the top-20 prospects according to Future Considerations.

Top 20 prospects

1Hughes, JackNTDPUSHLC5-10170USA
2Kakko, KaapoTPSLiigaRW6-2195FIN
3Podkolzin, VasiliSKA St. PetersburgMHLRW6-1190RUS
4Byram, BowenVancouverWHLD6-1195CAN
5Krebs, PeytonKootenayWHLLW5-11180CAN
6Dach, KirbySaskatoonWHLC6-4200CAN
7Cozens, DylanLethbridgeWHLC6-3180CAN
8Turcotte, AlexNTDPUSHLC5-11190USA
9Boldy, MatthewNTDPUSHLLW6-2185USA
10Zegras, TrevorNTDPUSHLC6-0170USA
11Soderstrom, VictorBrynasSHLD5-11180SWE
12Suzuki, RyanBarrieOHLC6-0180CAN
13York, CamNTDPUSHLD5-11170USA
14Robertson, MatthewEdmontonWHLD6-3200CAN
15Seider, MoritzMannheimDELD6-4190GER
16Caufield, ColeNTDPUSHLRW5-7155USA
17Broberg, PhilipAIKAllsvenskanD6-3200SWE
18Newhook. AlexVictoriaBCHLC5-10190CAN
19Lavoie, RaphaelHalifaxQMJHLC6-4190CAN
20McMichael, ConnorLondonOHLC5-11170CAN

So, it’s not Jack Hughes, and it’s not Kaapo Kakko... But the Red Wings will find themselves another top talent to add to the cupboard. A top-10 pick could also be a useful tool in a trade. Who knows. It’s going to be a real weird summer.