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Pick-by-pick: Red Wings at the NHL draft

Published Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:09 a.m. under 2012 Draft Coverage
Martin Frk

Martin Frk (Credit: David Chan/Halifax Mooseheads)

The Detroit Red Wings have six picks in the 2012 NHL draft at Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh. Check back for pick-by-pick updates, followed by Red Wings Central’s annual scouting features of each selection.

2-49. RW Martin Frk, 6-0, 193, Halifax (QMJHL), 34-16-13-29-41.  Hard-shooting, highly-skilled Czech right-winger missed the first four months of the season with a concussion. Returned and had an up-and-down campaign and needs to work on skating and defensive effort. Comparable to a bigger version of Teemu Pulkkinen. Will be a key offensive cog for a powerful squad in Halifax next season.

3-80. G Jake Paterson, 6-2, 183, Saginaw (OHL), 18-18-3, 3.42 GAA, .905 Sv%. Paterson was ranked third among North American goaltenders by Central Scouting. Was at his best later in the season, particularly in the OHL playoffs. Has good size and covers the net down low, and more importantly, gives the Red Wings another good young goaltending prospect to complement Petr Mrazek.

4-110. LW/C Andreas Athanasiou, 6-0, 179, London (OHL), 63-22-15-37-22. One of the fastest skaters available in the draft, Athanasiou has impressive skill level and went to the Memorial Cup final with London. Rated 40th among North American by Central Scouting, he slipped somewhat because of his inability to produce more and needs to work on his consistency. Excellent upside.

5-140. D Mike McKee, 6-4, 232, Lincoln (USHL), 59-2-17-19-237. Numbers you need to know that you don’t often see from a Red Wings’ draftee — 6-foot-4, 232 pounds and 237 penalty minutes. Not ranked by Central Scouting, the rugged defenseman plays with a mean streak and is headed to Western Michigan next season in the Red Wings’ back yard.

6-170. D James De Haas, 6-2, 197, Toronto (OJHL), 45-10-19-29-32. Good-sized defenceman was ranked 176th by Central Scouting. Will play in the NCAA at Clarkson starting in 2013, the same program that housed former Red Wings prospects Julien Cayer and the late Bryan Rufenach. He led his team in defense scoring and was tied for 19th in the Ontario junior A ranks.

7-200. C/LW Rasmus Bodin, 6-6, 207, Ostersunds (Swe-J-18), 29-9-17-26-94. The Red Wings finally went to Europe with their last pick and took yet another Swedish sleeper, a six-foot-six forward who averaged close to a point per game and  piled up 94 penalty minutes at the country’s second J-18 level last season. He’s joining the HV-71 organization next season and will get much more exposure.

  1. Dale says:

    Interesting draft day. Frk: skilled and goes to front of net. Skating a bit of a concern. Paterson: suprise selection going for a goalie on 3rd round. His stats are average, but listed as 3rd best N. American goalie. Who knows about goalies though in terms of developement anyway? Athanasiou, fast, skilled, but according to Hockey News, doesn’t drive the net and “finishes far too many plays with fade-away jump shots.” He was listed by Hockey News as #32 overall. You can’t teach skill, you can inspire however to do what it takes to win.

  2. ScottD says:

    It looks like we got some big dudes today. I know I hear that this is a weak draft but you never know. Frk isn’t the biggest guy out there but lets hope his concussion won’t be lingering issue. Now its on to free agency! Please Suter come to Detroit.

  3. Shawn says:

    I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t draft Calle Andersson. I hope this Athanasiou was worth it. I’m not surprised at all they took a G in one if their first picks. Doesn’t look like any incredible steals this year… nice to see a tough kid…

  4. Jake says:

    I think you have to give it more than two hours before you can determine if there are any late round steals shawn.

  5. RW19 says:

    Frk was a good pick. A shooter with a bit of Dino Ciccerelli in him. Saw one site where they describe him as having a big backside and big legs, making him hard to knock off the puck … sounds like a Red Wing. Athanasiou – that is the one pick i question – his rep around the OHL is that he still thinks he is a Major Midget scoring star and doesn’t really skate hard. That doesn’t sound like a Red Wing. Time will tell. Paterson was really good in the playoffs and I guess that is almost an admission that the McCollum pick was a big waste.

  6. Shawn says:

    Jake, I hear ya, but I don’t see any Pukkinen, Jurco, Tvrdon types – where they could have been drafted much earlier. I was hoping we could steal Åberg with the second pick or Byström, who went to Dallas just 7 picks before Detroit selected. Each of the guys Were taken about where you’d expect them to be drafted. The one slight bump we might see is, aside from normal growth, Frk may progress a little more swiftly if he can avoid the injury bug this next season. No doubt he’s a very good player, but all said and done, I think he was probably a 2nd rounder even if he played a full season. Judging only by stats, I’m slightly less excited but slightly more confident about Frk than I was about Tvrdon last year… And I feel they’re similar players. Good selections, but no obvious steals, how’s that? If you’re talking long term success and whether they’re good picks/ steals or not, well, obviously that is impossible at this point.

  7. NHLrick says:

    Let the offseason begin! Another crop of youngsters’ careers to follow! Good luck kids!

  8. Jake says:

    Well put Shawn. I actually agree with you 100%. I think I misunderstood “steal”, but yeah that paragraph sums up my exact feelings on this draft too. Quick Launch

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