The Detroit Red Wings have seven picks in the 2013 NHL draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Check back for pick-by-pick updates, followed by Red Wings Central’s annual scouting features of each selection.
NOTE: The Red Wings traded their first-round pick (18th overall) to the San Jose Sharks for the Sharks’ first- and second-rounders (20th and 58th).
1-20. LW Anthony Mantha, 6-4, 190, Val-d’Or (QMJHL), 67-50-39-89-71. The grandson of former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andre Pronovost, Mantha stands 6-foot-4 and was the only 50-goal scorer in the draft. A pure sniper with a tremendous shot, Mantha was knocked in most pre-draft scouting reports for being a perimeter player who lacks competitiveness. “He’s a big, rangy winger who has battled inconsistency shift to shift, but this is a goal-scorer,” said TSN analyst Ray Ferraro.
2-48. C/RW Zach Nastasiuk, 6-1, 190, Owen Sound (OHL), 62-20-20-40-32. A hard-nosed two-way center/winger, Nastasiuk improved throughout the season, enjoying a good playoff run with Owen Sound and playing a key role for Canada en route to a gold medal at the IIHF world U-18 championship in April. “He ust continued to get better over the course of the year — better, better and better,” said TSN scout Craig Button. “Put into more situations, killing penalties, on the power play, taking faceoffs.”
2-58. LW Tyler Bertuzzi, 6-0, 178, Guelph (OHL), 43-13-9-22-68. The nephew of Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi is an agitating forward who was ranked 207th among North Americans by Central Scouting. But Bertuzzi has the tools to develop into a niche role player in the NHL. “He makes Andrew Shaw look like a Lady Byng winner,” said TSN analyst Bob McKenzie. “He’s a really aggravating guy to play against and has a really good feel for the game.”
3-79. C/LW Mattias Janmark, 6-1, 191, AIK (SEL), 55-14-17-31-32. Janmark put himself on the map this season by producing impressive numbers and finishing as a Swedish Elite League rookie-of-the-year nominee. Although he was passed over in the 2012 draft, Janmark has decent size and is known for his high skill level and tremendous smarts and knocked for his skating. Almost 21, he’s closer to the NHL than most picks.
4-109. LW David Pope, 6-2, 187, West Kelowna (BCHL), 42-17-22-39-20. Pope played junior A in British Columbia to retain his NCAA eligibility and enjoyed a productive year, climbing from No. 104 at mid-season to No. 67 at end-of-year in Central Scouting’s draft ranking. Committed to play at Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15, Pope is slated to play in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks next season. Boasts a great shot and offensive instincts.
5-139. D Mitchell Wheaton, 6-4, 230, Kelowna (WHL), 39-1-7-8-27. An absolutely massive defenseman, especially for the Red Wings, Wheaton missed a good chunk of the season with a shoulder injury and was still rated 69th among North Americans by Central Scouting. Despite his size, it’s not clear if he’ll ever be a bruiser, as he had only one fighting major last season. But he projects as a defensive-minded blueliner who takes care of his own zone first.
6-169. D Marc McNulty, 6-6, 185, Prince George (WHL), 52-8-7-15-70. Another giant-sized blueliner, McNulty had more goals than assists this season in a strange statistical line for a defenseman. Mobile for his size, McNulty is willing to fight and is capable with the puck but his development will require patience. A raw project.
7-199. C Hampus Melen, 6-2, 165, Tingsryds AIF (Swe-J18), 24-18-22-40-59. Melen is a high-scoring Swedish right-winger who piled up 40 points in 24 games and was one of the top point-producers in the J-18 Elit circuit but didn’t play on his country’s national junior teams. A classic late Hakan Andersson pick, Melen was not ranked by Central Scouting and is the type of prospect who will either be forgettable or one day emerge as a late-round steal.