May 12, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) celebrates the 3-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks following game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

SenShot Mock Draft Pick #18 - Detroit Red Wings

After the Senators pick the team that will be not only moving divisions but conferences prior to 2013-14 play will step to the podium.





TEAM STRENGTHS:  Winning tradition, strong farm system (the Grand Rapids Griffins just won the Calder Cup)

TEAM WEAKNESSES: Aging leadership group, size on the wings


UNDER CONSIDERATION:  Alexander Wennburg, Josh Morrissey, Nicholas Petan, Samuel Morin

FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICK: Octopus Thrower  selected Frederik Gauthier.


SENSHOT’S CHOICE: Alexander Wennburg from Djurgardens in the SEL.  In Wennburg the Red Wings would get a solid forward prospect from the usually reliable Swedish system. He might be a couple of years or more away, but that is fine because the Detroit system is built on not rushing prospects to the NHL.  He will learn in the Wings’ system and will be ready when called upon.  He has some filling out to do on his 6’1″ frame, but that can come in time.


SENSHOT’S MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):

1 COLORADO Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2 FLORIDA Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3 TAMPA Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4 NASHVILLE Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5 CAROLINA Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6 CALGARY Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7 EDMONTON Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8 BUFFALO Max Domi, London (OHL)
9 NEW JERSEY Alexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10 DALLAS Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11 PHILADELPHIA Zachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12 PHOENIX Anthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13 WINNIPEG Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14 COLUMBUS Bo Horvat, London (OHL)
15 NYI Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16 BUFFALO Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
17 OTTAWA Robert Hagg, Modo (SEL)
18 DETROIT Alexander Wennburg, Djurgardens (SEL)


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