Experts match Red Wings with Necas, Pettersson in mock drafts

The Detroit News
Elias Pettersson

Hockey experts predict, in their mock drafts, who the Red Wings will select with the No. 9 pick in the NHL draft on Friday:

Kevin Allen, USA Today: Martin Necas, center, Czech Republic (6-1, 170) – Skates well, creates scoring chances out of nothing plays, slick passer, entertaining player. He’s been playing against men in the Czech League.

Corey Pronman: ESPN: Necas – Every fiber of my being is telling me not to slot a European to Detroit in the first round. It's so cliché, and there is no track record that the cliché is even warranted.

Craig Button, TSN: Elias Pettersson, center, Sweden (6-2, 160) – I see him like Henrik Zetterberg in every regard. The irony is he’s big like Zetterberg was at that age and they each played for Timra in Sweden.

Jeff Marek, Sportsnet: Pettersson – After focusing on defensemen in the last couple of drafts, the Red Wings go with the skilled Swedish center.

5 defensemen for Wings: Help, patience on tap at No. 9

5 forwards for the Wings: No sure thing at No. 9