Detroit's the best scouting team, of that I have no doubt, but there's clearly an element of luck in the way things have played out for them.
Absolutely. You don't think Datsyuk and Zetterberg are going to be stars and take them in the 6th round 171st overall and 7th round 210th overall respectively. You take them as soon as you can.
But they don't even use the first round of the draft and care for it. From 2001-2004 they didn't even have a first round pick, same with 2006. Nik Kronwall is there only first round pick who has not only been solid but made a dent in the NHL (besides Fischer). Look at some of these years....
Tomas Holmstrom - 10th round 257th overall
Jiri Hudler - 58th overall
Thomas Fleischmann 63rd overall
Valtteri Filppula - 95th overall
Johnan Franzen - 97th overall
But besides drafting...almost anything the team touches turns to gold. They signed Brett Lebda as an undrafted free agent. Who was Mikael Samuelsson? The Wings picked him up after being on 4 teams in 4 years and he immediately nets 23 goals and 45 points. He has been a constant 40 point player for them.
What about Daniel Clearly? No one wanted to touch this player. He couldn't earn a contract after the lockout and only got a spot on this team after a training camp tryout. He has become such a big part of this team. From castoff to 20 goal, 40 point player for this team.
And lastly we keep seeing Darren Helm. AHL star and healthy scratch by the season. Solid playoff contributor and regular by night. The 5th round pick in 2005 has now played 29 playoff games and counting in two years compared to 23 regular season games. It seems like the Wings are doing the exact opposite that the Devils are. While they scratched Pandolfo for a large part of the year and then promoted him come playoff time, the Wings played Maltby all year and are now scratching him for guys like Helm and Justin Abdelkader. Justin Abdelkader like Helm, has now played more playoff games this year than career regular season games.
Edited by devilsrule33, 17 May 2009 - 11:58 AM.