Wings choose more Swedes and familiar name in Round 2 of draft
The Red Wings drafted two more Swedes in Day 2 of the draft: defenseman William Wallinder, left, and center Theodor Niederbach.
The Red Wings drafted two more Swedes early in the second day of the 2020 NHL draft on Wednesday and, with their final two picks, took the sons of former NHL players – one of whom is quite familiar to Detroit fans.
All in all on Tuesday, Detroit drafted 10 players.
After taking Swedish right wing Lucas Raymond with their first pick (fourth overall) on Tuesday night, the Wings took two more players from that country with their first two picks on Wednesday: defenseman William Wallinder of Modo in the Swedish League and center Theodor Niederbach, who is with Frolunda’s junior team.
Wallinder was the first pick of the second round, 32nd overall, and Niederbach was taken in the third round with the 51st overall pick, which Detroit acquired shortly before in a trade of draft choices with the Los Angeles Kings.
Wallinder, who is 6-4 and 191 pounds, is an outstanding, technically skilled skater and puck carrier. But he also makes mistakes defensively and in deciding when and when not to jump into the play offensively.
Niederbach, who is 5-11 and 172 pounds, is a natural playmaker who also constantly makes good decisions on the ice, both offensively and defensively. His selection continued the trend of the Wings wanting players with good hockey sense, which is one of the main traits they saw in Raymond.
With their sixth- and seventh-round picks, Detroit went for bloodlines by selecting defenseman Kyle Aucoin (156th pick) from Tri-City of the Western Hockey League. He is the son of former NHL defenseman Adrian Aucoin. And with their final pick, the Wings selected right wing Kienan Draper from St. Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario. He is the son of former Red Wing Kris Draper, who is now director of amateur scouting.
Here are the other players the team picked:
Second round (55th pick) – Cross Hanas, LW, 6-1, 165, Portland, WHL. Had 22 goals and 49 points in 60 games this past season. Was 22-27-49 in 60 games last season and is a gifted and creative puck handler.
Third round (63rd pick) – Donovan Sebrango, D, 6-1, 199, Kitchener (OHL). Sebrango produced 6-24-30 in 56 games and is effective and nimble defensively and wins puck battles in the defensive zone.
Third round (70th pick) – Eemil Viro, D, 6-1, 168, TPS Liiga (Finland). Viro is not afraid to use his body to break up plays in the defensive zone and used his speed and mobility to play effectively against men as a teenager.
Fourth round (97th pick) – Sam Stange, RW, 6-1, 201, Sioux Falls (USHL). Big, strong winger with a good shot who is a good athlete. He was named both the best high school hockey and baseball player in Wisconsin. Stange could develop into a power forward, according to University of Wisconsin coach Tony Granato, for whom Stange will play as an incoming Badger freshman. Granato is a former NHL player and former Red Wings associate coach.
Fourth round (107th pick) – Jan Bednar, G, 6-4, 196, Czech Republic, HC Energie Karlovy Vary. A raw and athletic goaltender who regularly makes spectacular saves.
Fifth round (132nd pick) – Alex Cotton, D, 6-2, 183, Lethbridge (WHL). After going undrafted last year, Cotton had 20 goals, led the league’s defensemen with 67 points and was a second-team WHL All-Star. Despite having good speed, Cotton needs to work on his backwards skating and lateral agility. Offensively, he’s smart, with outstanding anticipation and vision and can quarterback the power play. He also moves the puck up ice quickly in the transition game.
Seventh round (203rd pick) – Chase Bradley, a center with Omaha of the USHL. Bradley had 7-12-19 with a plus -16 in 34 games. He is 5-11, 180.
The Wings acquired the107th and 132nd picks from the Minnesota Wild by trading them the 65th pick. They got the 203rd pick from the St. Louis Blues for a seventh-round pick in 2021.