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
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.
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.
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.
►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)
(Center, Saginaw Spirit)
(Winger, Frolunda, Sweden)
(Center, Ottawa 67’s)
(Defenseman, USA Hockey NTDP)
Ted Kulfan’s pre-draft coverage
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)