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Detroit draft review

For the first time in Kevin Smith's tenure as GM of the Red Wings, the team was without a first round pick, having swapped it (along with a 4th round pick) for two firsts at the draft a year ago.

"We had a great offer on the table last year, as we felt sure we were a playoff team while they were banking on us being a lottery team. Turns out we were right, with both Sammy (Samuel Savoie) and Snuggy (Jimmy Snuggerud) looking like great prospects"

As a result, Detroit fans had to wait until the middle of the second round for Smith to make his first pick, grabbing Jaden Lipinski 49th overall, dropping two spots in order to add a third round pick.

"Jaden's a big strong kid with great positional sense, we definitely think he'll have a place in our bottom six a few years from now, though he also needs to work on some things."

The main knock on Lipinski is a lack of offence, particularly weak passing, while his consistency could be better.

In the third, Smith rolled the dice and chose Roman Kantserov, a diminutive winger who has shown flashes of potential, but is a bit of a risk. If he does fully develop, he'll still be in tough to make the NHL, but his shot may be enough to get him there.
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TEAM INFORMATION
General Manager Kevin Smith
Hired May 2020
AHL Affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins
Stadium Little Caesar's Arena
LATEST NEWS
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TEAM HISTORY
Season
GP
W
L
OTL
T
PTS
Result
09/10
82
31
41
10
0
72
Did Not Qualify
10/11
82
19
55
8
0
46
Did Not Qualify
11/12
82
28
45
9
0
65
Did Not Qualify
12/13
82
44
27
11
0
99
Lost in WCSF
13/14
82
37
40
5
0
79
Did Not Qualify
14/15
82
39
35
8
0
86
Did Not Qualify
15/16
82
34
43
5
0
73
Did Not Qualify
16/17
82
51
24
7
0
109
Lost in ECQF
17/18
82
43
29
10
0
96
Lost in WCQF
18/19
82
38
38
6
0
82
Did Not Qualify
19/20
82
36
37
9
0
81
Did Not Qualify
20/21
82
21
49
3
9
51
Did Not Qualify
21/22
82
32
37
3
10
74
Did Not Qualify
22/23
82
DRAFT PICKS OWNED
Year
Picks Owned
2023
2024
DET 1; NYR 2, PHI 2; DET 3;
2025
DET 1; CHI 2, DET 2; DET 3; DET 4; FLA 5.
2026
DET 1; DET 2; DET 3; DET 4; DET 5.

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