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Detroits Draft Review. Written by hgimn - August 14th, 2009

After a disappointing season in the Motorcity,the Wings held the number 4 overall draft pick.After talks failed to produce anything of real interest to Gm Kemmer.The Wings decided to hold onto the pick,and selected forward Evander Kane from the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants.

Name:Evander Kane

Draft Position:4th overall

Born:Vancouver,British Columbia-August 2nd-1991

Weight:176 lbs


Evander Kane



Key Draft year stats:

Team:Vancouver Giants-Whl

61gp-48 goals-48 assists-96 points-89 penalty minutes

Projection:A powerforward who could line up at any forward position.Expect Kane to be playing in the Cmhl full time within 2 seasons.


Name:Stefan Elliott

Draft Position:34th overall

Born:Vancouver,British Columbia-January 30th-1991

Weight:180 lbs

Position:DefenseStefan Elliott


Key Draft year stats:

Team:Saskatoon Blades-Whl

71gp-16 goals-39 assists-55 points-26 penalty minutes

Projection:A strong two-way defensemen who can shutdown offensive players,but still move the puck up ice.Expect Stefan to make the jump to the Cmhl in 2 or 3 seasons.




Name:Drew Shore

Draft Position:39th overall

Born:Denver,Colorado-January 29th-1991

Weight:190 lbs


Shoots:RightDrew Shore

Key Draft year stats:

Team:U.S Under 18 Development Program

53gp-14 goals-33 assists-37 points-38 penalty minutes

Projection:A defense first Centermen who will play the 3rd or 4th line.Will top out at 20-25 points during his prime,but will be focused upon shutting down other teams top lines.Look for Drew to make the Cmhl in 3 or 4 seasons.


Name:Andrej NestrasilAndrej Nestrasil

Draft Position:80th overall

Born:Prague,Czech Republic.-February 22nd-1991

Weight:200 lbs

Position:Center/Right Wing


Key Draft year stats:

Team:Victoriaville Tigres-Qmjhl

66gp-22 goals-35 assists-57 points-67 penalty minutes

Projection:A big powerforward,much like Evander Kane,but less offensively talented.Look for Andrej to follow in the footsteps of fellow import powerforward Johan Franzen.Expect Nestrasil to be in the Cmhl in 4 or 5 years.


News and Notes:

-The Red Wings announced earlier that their Ichf affiliate would be moving from Saskatoon to Grand Rapids.The Team has been christened the Griffins and will play out of the new Van Andel in downtown Grand Rapids,Michigan.Grand Rapids Griffins Logo

-6 days after the draft winger Pascal Dupuis who had requested a trade due to lack of icetime was dealt to the Minnesota Wild for Centerman Mike Comrie.Comrie returns to a team that he once played for in the 2004-2005 season where he scored 24 goals,and added 33 assists which was good for 57 points.He was dealt to Dallas in season two for Vetern Winger Owen Nolan.Comrie is expected to be the 3rd line center after the retirement of Krys Beech.

-A week after the Comrie deal,Defensemen Alexei Semenov was dealt to the Washington Capitals for a 3rd round pick in the 2010 entry draft and right winger Patrick Dwyer.Dwyer recently signed a 3 year deal and is projected to play on the 4th line.

-The Red Wings signed 8 players to contract extensions.


Slava Kozlov-2 years-3.15 million /year

Dick Axelsson-2 years-825 thousand/year

Robby Dee-2 years-725 thousand/year

Patrick Dwyer-3 years-650 thousand/year


Raymond Macias-4 years-640 thousand per year

Carlo Colaiacovo-3 years-1.3 million per year

Logan Pyett-3 years-610 thousand per year


Ilya Bryzgalov-3 years-2.4 million per year


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