Now it’s time to file their names in your memory banks, let them develop on their college or junior teams around the world, and see if they can help in several years. The NHL entry draft ended Saturday, and for the Red Wings it was a weekend centered on centers. Five of their seven selections were centers, although they didn’t plan it that way. “Where we were picking, we were just looking for the best players available,” said Tyler Wright, the Red Wings’ director of amateur scouting. “We wanted to keep within our philosophy of players with character, passion and skill, and we feel we’ve done that.” A couple years down the road, the Red Wings and every other organization in the NHL likely will get a better idea of how successful this weekend was. “These players are now in a pool of players that we already have in our organization,” Wright said. “And now we have give them the resources to develop and hopefully become NHL players in the future.” After drafting Waterford native Dylan Larkin, a center, Friday in the first round, the Red Wings led off Saturday’s activity with another center. And this one, in the opinion of some scouts, could turn out to be a steal. The Red Wings traded with Columbus — giving the Blue Jackets their original pick at 76 plus a third-round pick in 2015 — to draft center Dominic Turgeon, 18, in the third round. The son of former NHL veteran Pierre Turgeon, he was a player the Wings had their eye on. “We gave up an asset to get him, but Dominic is a player we really liked,” Wright said. “Just the hockey sense and skill level, he’s got a strong body. “We had him rated much higher.” And, of course, there are the bloodlines — Pierre Turgeon being an effective NHL player for 19 seasons.
Meet the newest Red Wings: Team goes crazy for centers in NHL draft
Detroit News | Jun 29