The Detroit Red Wings focus on forwards in Day 2 of the NHL draft


Red Wings' second-round draft pick Dylan James of the Sioux City Musketeers wins the Clark Cup after winning the USHL title that year.

Detroit — The Red Wings needed high-end forwards, especially at centers where there wasn’t much depth organizationally.

They fixed it during the NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Center in Montreal.

After picking center Marco Kasper in Thursday’s first round, the Wings began day two of the draft by snapping two forwards, Dylan James and Dmitri Buchelnikov, in Friday’s second round.

The Wings picked five forwards, who are mostly centers, to add some pieces. Now it’s just a matter of being patient and seeing if some of them – actually one of the draft picks – can get promoted to the NHL one day.

“That’s the way it is,” General Manager Steve Yzerman said patiently. “We’re starting to see kids from the 2019 draft coming into North America and we’re starting to see them moving through the system and seeping into our team. They are 17 and 18 (years old) going back to their junior or collegiate teams or European professional leagues. Hopefully one or two of them can get promoted to the NHL.”

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