Steve Yzerman focused on building “nucleus” of the Detroit Red Wings by drafting well. That begins again tonight in Round 1 of the 2020 NHL draft.
Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman chose Swedish forward Lucas Raymond with the No. 4 overall pick in Tuesday’s NHL draft.
The 18-year-old left wing, who shoots right, played most of 2019-20 in the SHL, registering 10 points in 33 games with Frolunda. Raymond (5-11, 170) is high hockey-IQ guy, plays with physicality, and is responsible in his own end. He’s a high-end skater, and a hard worker who is willing to go to the hard areas. He’s got a knack for stealing pucks, making him a threat in the defensive zone.
The New York Rangers selected Alexis Lafreniere with the first overall pick. The Los Angeles Kings grabbed Quinton Byfield at second overall, and Ottawa Senators drafted Tim Stützle at third.
A year after making defenseman Moritz Seider his first selection since taking over as general manager of the Wings in April 2019, Yzerman made his second biggest move in putting his imprint on the team.
“Hopefully we draft well and build the nucleus of the team,” Yzerman said in advance of Tuesday’s first round (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). “To build a team through free agency is impossible, it just doesn’t work. And to do it through trades I think is extremely difficult.”
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