PHILADELPHIA – It was back to the draft table for the Red Wings’ brass late Friday night.
After the team made Dylan Larkin just the second Michigan-born Red Wings’ first-round draftee, the amateur scouting staff was preparing for the final six rounds of the draft at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
The Red Wings will select six more prospects beginning with the No. 76 overall pick in the third round. They also have picks at No. 106 (fourth round), No. 136 (fifth), No. 166 (sixth) and Nos. 196 and 201 (seventh).
Detroit doesn’t own a pick in the second round, though they would like to acquire one in a trade, if possible.
“We’re going to target some guys,” said Tyler Wright, the Wings’ director of amateur scouting. “We still think we’re going to get some pretty good players, it’s kind of wide open now with the first round done. It’s a little bit of a volatile draft, to say, but we’ll see if we can get back into the second (round), get back into play that might still be an option but we’ll see.”
However, if the Wings can’t move up on the draft board, they will remain focused on acquiring young prospects that either are the best available or to fill organizational need.
“I’m a firm believer that you have your list, you push guys up on your list that you want to get, whether it’s a defenseman, a centerman, a goaltender,” Wright said. “We know we have a need for a right-handed shot D, stuff like that. Is it an area that we can address? It could be but we’re not going to do it for the sake of it.”
There are only three right-handed shooting defensemen in the Wings’ system – Ryan Sproul, Alexey Marchenko and Nick Jensen.