Wojo: Steve Yzerman pulls off a crafty draft, boosts Red Wings stock

Bob Wojnowski
The Detroit News

Detroit —It’s one thing to be active, and the Red Wings have no choice. It’s another thing to be proactive, and Steve Yzerman is barreling ahead, moving up, moving around, moving as quickly as possible. 

In the past week, we’ve seen all sorts of crafty, smallish deals, the ones that eventually lead to biggish deals. When the Wings wrapped up the two-day NHL draft Wednesday, they’d completed four trades to add three picks and selected 12 players, including high-upside scoring winger Lucas Raymond at No. 4. They stocked up at every position while mining their preferred hockey port, Sweden. If draft picks are lottery tickets, Yzerman went to the corner store and bought a bunch of scratch-offs with possible high payoffs.