Red Wings draft picks: 10 biggest misses

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Brendan Smith was Detroit's first-round pick in 2007 and spent six seasons with the Red Wings before he was traded to the New York Rangers.

Go through the gallery above to view the Red Wings' 10 biggest draft misses. Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery.

There are a lot more misses in the draft than hits. In any professional sport, it’s a lot easier to pinpoint players who never found success than it is those who starred.

In the NHL, the rule of thumb for any team’s draft class is getting one or two players to the parent team.

For the Red Wings, like any other team, the misses have been plentiful. But some whiffs are quite a bit worse than others.

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In particular, a string of unsuccessful picks in the 1970s — before the arrival of Steve Yzerman, and general manager Jimmy Devellano in the mid-1980s — solidified a long era of losing seasons and lowly finishes in the standings.

Then, while the organization was thriving during a streak of making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons, which ended in 2017, some first-round picks toward the end of that stretch failed to contribute to levels that were expected.

That left the Wings unable to fill quickly developing holes on the roster, and forcing them out of the playoffs the last two seasons.

With an emphasis on the draft last year, this weekend, and for the next couple seasons, the Wings are again counting on minimizing the number of misses.

In order to reverse the fortunes of the organization, that’ll be critical.

Here are the Red Wings’ top 10 draft misses in the Entry Draft era (beginning 1963).