Ted Kulfan breaks down Red Wings draft picks
A look at the players selected by the Red Wings in the NHL draft on Friday and Saturday:
Round: 1 (No. 19 overall)
Position: Left wing
Birth date: Oct. 31, 1996
Last season: Cape Breton (Quebec junior), 55 games, 32 goals, 46 assists.
Scouting report: Versatile, skilled player who can also play center. … Great stickhandler and passer and has the ability to finish around the net. … Came over from Russia to play in the Quebec juniors to further his development. … Left Russia to pursue hockey career in North America. … Some scouts aren't sold on his skating or work ethic in the defensive zone.
Round: 3 (No. 73)
Birth date: May 15, 1997
Last season: Green Bay (USHL), 57 games, six goals, 17 assists
Scouting report: The Red Wings finally have a right-shot defenseman in the system. … A good power-play guy, Saarijariv can pass the puck and has an accurate shot. … Has been on numerous national teams in his native Finland. … Not very big but plays with a lot of competitiveness.
Joren Van Pottelberghe
Round: 4 (No. 110)
Birth date: June 5, 1997
Last season: Linkoping (Swedish Elite), 15 games, 1.25 goals-against average, .949 save percentage.
Scouting report: Big goalie who was rated No. 5 European goalie by Central Scouting. … Red Wings felt he could go a round higher. … Is raw in some aspects; some scouts feel he plays too far back in the net, but it's something that can be worked on. … Scouts like his size and mobility.
Round: 5 (No. 140)
Position: Right wing
Birth date: Aug. 23, 1997
Last season: Youngstown (USHL), 57 games, 12 goals, 14 assists.
Scouting report: Tall winger who is headed to the University of Maine. … Good size, wins a lot of one-on-one battles. … Good skater. ... Son of former NHL forward Scott Pearson, who played from 1988-2000 in Toronto, Quebec, Edmonton, Buffalo, and the New York Islanders. … Doesn't have high-end speed, yet, and has to fill out, but has good hockey instincts.
Round: 6 (No. 170)
Birth date: Oct. 1, 1996
Last season: Boston Advantage (Midget), 34 games, eight goals, 11 assists.
Scouting report: A two-sport star in high school (hockey, lacrosse) who is headed to the University of Maine to play hockey. … A big defenseman who is another right-handed shot, Holway is a fine skater and puck mover, and is extremely athletic. ... Very raw at this point, as he's not played against elite level competition. …Will be given plenty of time to develop.
Round: 7 (No. 200)
Position: Left wing
Birth date: Aug. 22, 1997
Last season: Saint John (Quebec junior), 60 games, 24 goals, 20 assists.
Scouting report: Interesting pick who could ultimately become a typical Red Wings steal deep in the draft. ... Left his Chicago midget team after dispute with the coach, and wasn't picked up in the Ontario League draft. … Was picked up by Saint John, showed excellent goal-scoring ability, and isn't afraid to throw his body around. Good in the face-off circle, too. … Red Wings, and other teams, felt Marsh would be drafted a round or two higher. … His dad, Peter, played in the WHA and NHL.