The Kings have drafted a few guys like that.
I'd love for the Wings to have drafted someone like Jordan Nolan. 6'3" 221 lbs. 24 yrs old. Will hit, isn't a afraid to scrap with anyone. Can chip in a few goals. picked 7th round 186 overall.
Or Dwight King. 6'4" 230 lbs. 24 yrs old. HIts, will fight, can play hockey and go to the hard areas of the ice. 4th round, 109th overall.
Over the years it's been great for the Wings that they didn't have an anti-Euro bias in drafting guys. I swear though it seems like sometimes they're biased against drafting big physical kids in the late rounds. Like they'd rather keep their fingers crossed on a small skill player in hopes they'll land another Zetterberg.
Yeah and it's not like King is a bad player, the guy can play for sure and their fourth line is feared around the NHL. The problem with drafting so many small guys in all the later rounds is that the Wings might still think, they are ahead of the curve when it comes to Euros which simple isn't true, other teams are sending their scouts to Sweden, Swiss, Finland and the other top leagues too so it's much harder to find a gems. Would be a good time to change the approach and start drafting big, physical kids.
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