The aim was to accumulate size and skill for the Red Wings at this NHL draft. No question, they did just that. The Red Wings added significant size for the long-term in their organization at Sunday’s draft in Newark. “You’re hoping a couple years down the road, you’ll wake up and some of these players will be NHL players,” general manager Ken Holland said. “This is a huge day in the NHL, an important day. The draft has become so important.” The Red Wings top two picks — first-rounder Anthony Mantha and second-rounder Zach Nastasiuk (the first of their two second-round selections) — are big forwards who scored goals in the junior ranks. They added an agitator, Tyler Bertuzzi yes, Todd’s nephew - with their other second-round pick (acquired in a trade with San Jose earlier in the day) and picked Swedish forward Mattias Janmark-Nylen in round three. Joe McDonnell, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting running his first draft table Sunday, was targeting Mantha, the draft’s only 50-goal scorer. Mantha, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound winger, scored 50-goals for Val-d’Or in the Quebec League. “We’re excited to get him, he’s a big kid with a real accurate shot and he has the size we were looking for,” McDonnell said. “He has to get stronger, like a lot of these kids, but he has a real good skill level.” Mantha was the No. 20 overall pick. The Red Wings traded their original first-round pick, No. 18 overall, to San Jose. In exchange, the Sharks their first-round pick,No. 20 overall, plus a second-round pick, No. 58, to the Red Wings. Mantha’s grandfather was Andre Pronovost, a four-time Stanley Cup champion who played with Montreal, the Red Wings, Boston and Minnesota from 1956-68. Continuing their search for size and skill, the Red Wings picked Nastasiuk in the second round of Sunday’s Entry Draft.
Wings place premium on size, skill in draft haul
Detroit News | Jul 1