NHL draft blog: Senators select Germany’s Tim Stutzle with No. 3 pick, Red Wings on the clock

Swedish forward Lucas Raymond is one of the top-rated forwards for the NHL draft on Tuesday.
Alexis Lafreniere, left, is expected to be the first overall pick by the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL draft tonight.
Tim Stutzle

Round 1 of the NHL Draft is underway with the New York Rangers taking Rimouski winger Alexis Lafreniere with the No. 1 overall pick.

With the second pick, the Los Angeles Kings selected Sudbury Wolves center Quinton Byfield.

The Ottawa Senators took Germany’s Tim Stutzle with the third overall pick.

The Red Wings picked Swedish winger Lucas Raymond with the fourth pick.

Lucas Raymond highlights

►Played the majority of 2019-20 with Frolunda in Sweden’s top pro league, totaling 4-6—10 in 33 outings

►Helped Team Sweden win bronze at the 2020 World Junior Championship with 2-2—4 in seven games

►Scored a hat trick against Russia, including the overtime winner, in the final of the 2019 Under-18 World Championship to help Sweden win gold

►In 2018-19, he recorded 13-35—48 in 37 games for Frolunda’s junior team to tie for fifth in the league in points; he also scored his first professional goal for Frolunda that season at age 16

►Central Scouting Report: Mobile, explosive, quick winger with speed and excellent puck control. Smart, effective in traffic, creates scoring chances with quick moves and hard work.

►Current Player Comparable: Mitch Marner

First round draft order

►1. New York Rangers: Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski

►2. Los Angeles Kings: Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury

►3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose): Tim Stutzle, LW, Manneheim

►4. Detroit Red Wings: Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda

►5. Ottawa Senators: Jake Sanderson, D, USA Hockey NTDP

The Detroit Red Wings prepare for the 2020 NHL draft at Little Caesars Arena.

Yzerman exposed to COVID, tests negative

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman will participate remotely tonight and tomorrow after being exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Yzerman was expecting to be at Little Caesars Arena, with director of amateur scouting Kris Draper, chief amateur scout Jesse Wallin, and assistant general managers Ryan Martin and Pat Verbeek. Here’s Ted Kulfan’s story.

Wings GM Steve Yzerman to participate in draft remotely as precaution

The Wings have already been busy today. As Ted reports below, the Wings waived winger Justin Abdelkader in order to buy him out and they loaned center Joe Veleno to Malmo in the Swedish Hockey League.

Red Wings waive Justin Abdelkader in order to buy him out

Joe Veleno latest Red Wings prospect loaned to European team

Post-draft coverage

Look for a post-draft OctoPulse podcast with Ted Kulfan on reaction to the Detroit Red Wings’ first-round draft pick at detroitnews.com.

The live blog for Wednesday’s draft for rounds 2-7 begins at 11:30 a.m. We’ll also wrap up Kris Draper’s first draft as the director of amateur scouting with a post-draft podcast on Wednesday night at detroitnews.com.

NHL Draft 

►When: 7 tonight (Round 1); 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Rounds 2-7)

►TV: Tonight — NBC Sports Network; Wednesday — NHL Network 

►Red Wings picks: No. 4 (Round 1), No. 32 (Round 2), No. 45 (Round 2), No. 55 (Round 2), No. 63 (Round 3), No. 65 (Round 3), No. 107 (Round 4), No. 125 (Round 5), No. 156 (Round 6), No. 187 (Round 7)

►Potential Wings: With first-round pick, D Jamie Drysdale, F Cole Perfetti, F Marco Rossi, F Lucas Raymond, G Yaroslav Askarov

Potential Red Wings draft picks


(Defenseman, Erie Otters)

Story: No. 1-ranked defenseman Jamie Drysdale could skate into Red Wings’ future

OctoPulse podcast: Ranking Red Wings defensemen, Jamie Drysdale interview

Canada's Jamie Drysdale, right, celebrates in front of Finland's Lenni Killinen during the U20 world semifinal game in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


(Center, Saginaw Spirit)

►Story: Red Wings keep close tabs on potential first-rounder Cole Perfetti

►OctoPulse podcast: Dallas in Cup final, NHL awards, Cole Perfetti

Cole Perfetti tallied 37 goals and 74 assists during the 2019-20 season with the Saginaw Spirit.


(Winger, Frolunda, Sweden)

►Story: Lucas Raymond flies under radar, similar to Steve Yzerman’s draft season

►OctoPulse podcast: Red Wings’ draft lottery preview, Lucas Raymond interview

Sweden's Lucas Raymond, left, takes a shot on Finland's Justus Annunen during the bronze medal game of the world junior championships between Finland and Sweden in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


(Center, Ottawa 67’s)

►Story: Possible Wings draft pick Marco Rossi patterned game after Pavel Datsyuk

►OctoPulse podcast: Kris Draper’s first draft, Marco Rossi interview

Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67's led the OHL in scoring with 120 points last year.


(Defenseman, USA Hockey NTDP)

►Story: Top U.S. prospect Jake Sanderson waits in Whitefish for NHL future to unfold

►OctoPulse podcast: Wings on historic decline, Jake Sanderson top U.S. prospect

Top NHL prospect Jake Sanderson, right, battles Carson Bantle during the 2020 Biosteel All-American Game at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth on Jan. 20, 2020.

Ted Kulfan’s pre-draft coverage

►’We’re prepared to go’: Red Wings ready for unique, important NHL Entry Draft

►NHL mock draft 2.0: Red Wings’ pick could set tone for rest of first round

►Red Wings’ plan centered on building ‘a nucleus’ through draft

►Ted Kulfan grades the last 10 Red Wings drafts

►Top 50 Red Wings in organization by value for 2020

First round draft order

1. New York Rangers

2. Los Angeles Kings

3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose)

4. Detroit Red Wings

5. Ottawa Senators

6. Anaheim Ducks

7. New Jersey Devils

8. Buffalo Sabres

9. Minnesota Wild

10. Winnipeg Jets

11. Nashville Predators

12. Florida Panthers

13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto)

14. Edmonton Oilers

15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh)

16. Montreal Canadiens

17. Chicago Blackhawks

18. New Jersey Devils (from Arizona)

19. Calgary Flames

20. New Jersey Devils (from Vancouver via Tampa Bay)

21. Columbus Blue Jackets

22. New York Rangers (from Carolina)

23. Philadelphia Flyers

24. Washington Capitals

25. Colorado Avalanche

26. St. Louis Blues

27. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston)

28. Ottawa Senators (from N.Y. Islanders)

29. Vegas Golden Knights

30. Dallas Stars

31. San Jose (from Tampa Bay)