Hope is not a strategy but inevitably it’s what you come out of the draft with.
I look at Moritz Seider and Antti Tuomisto – the Red Wings’ first two draft picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft – and I have hope. Both are regarded as reaches – players selected earlier than expected but who could end up justifying it. That’s where hope comes in. You have to hope that what the Red Wings’ front office saw comes true.
This was the draft that the rebuild would be built upon. The Wings organization spent a lot of time talking about how all of those second round picks were going to be important. With those picks, they selected the stretch Tuomisto, winger Robert Mastrosimone (a pick I’m comfortable with), and defenseman Albert Johansson, who The Athletic’s Corey Pronman doesn’t even see in the NHL.
There are no true sure things in the draft but what’s been missing from Detroit’s rebuild is someone who’s as close to that as you can get. Things might turn out alright with who they’ve selected but for now we’re left just hoping.