The Red Wings will have the 15th pick in next month’s NHL draft.
The Wings selected forward Anthony Mantha with the 20th pick last season. He helped Val-d’Or win the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and is currently competing in the Memorial Cup. Mantha, 19, will have a chance to come to training camp and fight for a spot on the roster.
Tyler Wright, hired last year as director of amateur scouting after Jim Nill left to become general manager of the Dallas Stars, is excited to have a high pick this season.
“You look at last year’s draft and you get Mantha,” Wright said. “This year, you’re pretty excited about that pick. There are some gems that could be polished, that could be sitting there at 15, for sure.”
Here’s a brief look at five players who could be available when the Wings pick.
■ Forward Nikolaj Ehlers (5-feet-10, 176 pounds): Shoots left. Native of Denmark. Ranked No. 13 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Had 49 goals and 55 assists in 63 games for Halifax in the QMJHL.
■ Center Dylan Larkin (6-1, 190): Shoots left. Ranked No. 17 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. From Waterford, played for the Ann Arbor-based U.S. Under-18 team and is committed to Michigan. Had 29 goals and 20 assists in 53 games.
■ Forward Alex Tuch (6-4, 213): Shoots right. Ranked No. 12 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Played last season for the U.S. Under-18 team. Committed to Boston College. Totaled 28 goals and 32 assists in 53 games.
■ Center Robert Fabbri (5-10, 164). Shoots left. Ranked No. 21 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Had 45 goals and 42 assists in 58 games last season for Guelph in the Ontario Hockey League.
■ Forward Kevin Fiana (5-9, 178): Shoots left. Czech native played last season in Sweden. Ranked No. 3 among Europeans by NHL Central Scouting. Had 10 goals and 25 assists in 27 games for HV 71’s junior team. Had three goals and eight assists in 17 games for HV 71.
Red Wings pleased with NHL draft possibilities at No. 15
Detroit Free Press | May 17