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Red Wings’ Draft Class Heavy with Offense

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Riley Sheahan, drafted 21th overall by the Detroit Red Wings, poses on stage with team personnel during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Red Wings chose to focus on forwards during the 2010 draft, selecting centers with their first three picks and five forwards overall. They also chose one goalie and one defenseman. Despite drafting late, the Wings managed to snag some players who have the potential to provide the team with high-end talent in the future.

1st Round, 21st Overall: Riley Sheahan

Detroit took this defensive-minded center from Notre Dame with its first pick this year. He’s not as skilled offensively as some of the flashier forwards who went in the first round are, but he can play the role of a set-up man quite well. He fits the mold of strong two-way play that the Wings have emphasized for the better part of the last two decades. With his strong defensive play, there’s no doubt that management is hoping that he can mature into a player who can be counted on at both ends of the rink.

2nd Round, 51st Overall: Calle Jarnkrok

Of course, no Detroit draft day would be complete without the selection of a Swede. Jarnkrok is a skilled center with great playmaking ability. He played in the Swedish Elite League last season and established himself as an important offensive contributor and played point on the powerplay. The Wings will be hoping that he matures into a player who resembles fellow Swede Henrik Zetterberg.

3rd Round, 81st Overall: Louis-Marc Aubry

Detroit took another center in the third round. Aubry isn’t as skilled as the Wings’ first two picks and lacks the offensive talents that they possess. Aubry has the potential to develop into a fourth-line center. He has good size, but still has a long way to go.

4th Round, 111th Overall: Teemu Pulkkinen

Pulkkinen, the first non-center drafted by the Wings this year, is a flashy offensive player. His defensive play needs work, but he has put up points at a blistering pace. He was originally predicted to go in the first round, but an injury sidelined him this season and prevented him from participating in the combine. He has the potential to develop into a major offensive contributor. Getting him this deep into the draft may turn out to be quite a steal.

5th Round, 141st Overall: Petr Mrazek

Mrazek is a Czech goalie playing for Ottawa in the CHL. He started out as a backup, but by the end of this past season, he had taken over the starting job. His numbers look good, and you can never have too many goalies coming up the pipeline.

6th Round, 171st Overall: Brooks Macek

In the sixth round, the Wings drafted another forward, this time a right winger. Playing in the WHL, Macek has been a point-per-game player and shown some good offense. Although he’s somewhat small, he’s shown some good speed. He has some potential as a third liner in the future.

7th Round, 201st Overall: Ben Marshall

Marshall was the only defenseman drafted by the Wings this year. He’s from Minnesota and played for his high school this season. He’s a high-scoring defenseman who has a lot of development to do. He’s also quite small, listed at 5’9”. Marshall, like most 7th round picks is a long shot, but if there’s any team that can pull a late-round gem out of the draft, it’s the Wings.

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