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Scouting reports on the Wings' seven draft picks

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Dennis Cholowski

Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News gives a scouting report on the seven players the Red Wings drafted Friday and Saturday.

DENNIS CHOLOWSKI

Round: 1 (No. 20 overall)

Position: Defenseman

Age: 18

Height / weight: 6-1 / 175

Last season: Chilliwack (British Columbia Junior League), 50 games, 12 goals, 28 assists

Scouting report: Exceptional skater, sound on both ends of the rink, many scouting services project Cholowski to be a second-pair defenseman for many years in the NHL. Doesn’t get himself into trouble on the ice. Needs to get physically stronger and continue to improve defensively.

Givani Smith

GIVANI SMITH

Round: 2 (No. 46 overall)

Position: Left wing

Age: 18

Height / weight: 6-1 / 205

Last season: Guelph (Ontario League), 65 games, 23 goals, 19 assists

Scouting report: Smith plays with an edge, as he had 146 penalty minutes while playing for a weak Guelph team. Will definitely protect his teammates. Likes to go to the net and is difficult to move out of there.

Filip Hronek

FILIP HRONEK

Round: 2 (No. 53 overall)

Position: Defenseman

Age: 18

Height / weight: 6-0 / 163

Last season: Hradec (Czech Republic), 40 games, 0 goals, 4 assists

Scouting report: On the small side physically, but a tremendous puck mover and skater who played against 20-year-olds in the Czech Republic. Red Wings love his character, say it’s “captain-like.” Despite his lack of size, isn’t afraid to play physically.

ALFONS MALMSTROM

Round: 4 (No. 107 overall)

Position: Defenseman

Age: 18

Height / weight: 6-2 / 190

Last season: Orebro HK (Sweden) 41 games, 2 goals, 6 assists

Scouting report: Good size (and still growing) and mobility while playing in the Swedish junior ranks. Plays with a mean streak, blocks shots, and competes hard. Organization loves his competitiveness.

Jordan Sambrook

JORDAN SAMBROOK

Round: 5 (No. 137 overall)

Position: Defenseman

Age: 18

Height / weight: 6-2 / 187

Last season: Erie (Ontario League), 67 games, 9 goals, 18 assists

Scouting report: Smooth-skating defenseman with good offensive instincts – but is also responsible defensively and can play in all situations. Doesn’t make many mistakes and can play big minutes.

Wings pick Smith loves to ‘get in guys’ faces’

FILIP LARSSON

Round: 6 (No. 167 overall)

Position: Goaltender

Age: 17

Height / weight: 6-2 / 185

Last season: Djurgarden (Sweden), 19 games, 3.86 GAA, .872 save percentage

Scouting report: Didn’t have a great season in juniors last season but remained one of the higher-ranked European goalies available. Worth taking a gamble at this spot in the draft.

MATTIAS ELFSTROM

Round: 7 (No. 197 overall)

Position: Left wing

Age: 19

Height / weight: 6-3 / 194

Last season: Malmo Juniors (Sweden), 43 games, 11 goals, 20 assists

Scouting report: A project, but there’s definitely some raw ability there, and he has size and speed. Red Wings had him among the top 10 players coming out of Europe but he dropped to this point of draft.