Svechni-who? A Red Wings Draft Review
Over the weekend, the Detroit Red Wings and the other 29 NHL clubs convened in sunny Sunrise, Florida for the 2015 NHL Draft where 211 new prospects heard their names called for their shot at the NHL.
The big name to know is the Red Wings newest first round draft pick, a Russian winger by the name of Evgeny Svechnikov (Ev-Gan-E, Svech-Nick-Off) who was drafted #19 overall, to the correct predictions of some.
Other names that were called included goaltender Joren Van Pottelberghe (Your-N, Van Pott-L-Burg), and Vili Saarijarvi (V-Lee, Sorry-Yarvi). If your scratching your head at the pronunciation possibilities, don't worry those are the only hard ones this time around.
1st Round (#19 Overall): LW Evgeny Svechnikov, Cape Breton, QMJHL
Svechnikov is a big body (6-3) who put up 78 points in 55 games in the Quebec Junior League as an 18-year-old. He'll have two more years down in junior where he'll be able to develop his game into the scoring power forward the Red Wings hope he will be before getting a chance professionally. The Red Wings have been dipping into the QMJHL a lot recently, Jurco, Mantha, and Ouellet are just a few of the recent QMJHL alumni in the Red Wings organization.
3rd Round (#73 Overall): D Vili Saarijarvi, Green Bay, USHL
Ken Holland is determined to not let mistakes of the present come up again in the future with this pick. A right-handed shooting defenseman is a prized commodity in the NHL today and the Red Wings would love to have a time machine and jump this guy five or six years into his potential to slot into what has been a lefty only club on the blue line. He is set to play in Finland next year with Karpat. If the 18-year-old can handle his own against men, he should develop nicely.
4th Round (#110 Overall): G Joren Van Pottelberghe, Linkoping Jr., Sweden
Don't read too much into the fact that Detroit selected a goalie here and that a huge shakeup in the netminding depth chart will happen organizationally. Tom McCollum, who started the bulk of games in Grand Rapids last year, is an unrestricted free agent and his backup Jared Coreau is a restricted free agent. With only Jake Paterson fresh out of junior under contract and ready to play in GR, there's a chance Detroit loses McCollum and Pottelberghe serves to fill out the six deep goalie pool Detroit has traditionally had.
5th Round (#140 Overall): C Chase Pearson, Youngstown, USHL
Finally a name you can pronounce right away, I said as I watched draft coverage on Saturday. Pearson is also a name hockey die-hards should recognize as his father, Scott Pearson was in the NHL from 1988-2000 playing for a number of teams including the Leafs, Oilers and Quebec Nordiques north of the border. Scott was the sixth overall pick made by Toronto in '88 and his career finished out at 292 games and 56 goals in the NHL. While his son might not have been as highly touted, it's not the longest shadow in the world that is cast over Chase.
6th Round (#170 Overall): D Patrick Holway, Boston Advantage U18 AAA
Not very often is a player drafted out of midgets (u-18), but this pick could be the latest jewel in the trophy case. Another right handed defenseman added to the draft class in hopes for the future of a more diverse shooting hand blue line. Or maybe they are cutting costs on scouting trips as both Holway and Pearson are set to play at the University of Maine next year as freshmen. It's worth noting Holway is 6-4, much bigger than Saarijarvi. Either way, it's better to have more defensemen than less.
7th Round (#200 Overall): LW Adam Marsh, Saint John, QMJHL
Another second generation NHL draft pick, Adam Marsh rounds out the 2015 draft class for Detroit. His father, Peter played over 500 games between the NHL and the old WHA. His story on how a west suburbs kid from Chicago got to play in Quebec is fascinating, but it comes with an interesting quirk that as a youth he had issues with school and coaches. That could make this pick a little more risky than first thought, but as a prospect if you can survive Detroit's seasoning program, you'll be NHL ready.
What do you think of the Red Wings 2015 draft class? MLive's Ansar Khan says the Red Wings got everything they needed and hit every hole in the organizational depth chart. Do you agree? Sound off below.