The Alternate Wings All-Stars

I was talking expansion draft with Michael Petrella, of the now-defunct Production Line blog, yesterday and we got on the topic of draft picks that the Red Wings have traded away.

Many of those picks were used to select players that were never heard from again but some were used to grab some guys who the Wings probably wish they could have gotten.

I went back through the last twenty years of traded Red Wings draft picks – players who could have landed in Detroit – and I give you the Alternate Wings All-Stars.

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Patrick Sharp
With 277 goals and 322 assists in 869 career NHL games, Sharp is easily the most productive player selected with a traded Detroit draft pick in the last twenty years.  Sharp was picked in the third round, 95th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers.  The Wings traded that pick to Nashville on June 24, 2000, for a 4th-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft, which they used to select Stefan Liv at 102nd overall.  The Predators later flipped the pick to Philadelphia for defenseman Mark Eaton.

Alexei Ponikarovsky
Ponikarovsky was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round of the 1998 Entry Draft, 87th overall, with the pick the Leafs acquired from Detroit on March 24, 1998, in return for Jamie Macoun.  Macoun would with a Cup with Detroit that spring and play one more season with them before retiring.  Ponikarovski would go on to score 139 goals and 184 assists in a 12-year NHL career spent mostly with Toronto.

Mike Comrie
Coming out of the University of Michigan, Comrie was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 91st overall, of the 1999 Entry Draft.  The Oilers got that pick from the Nashville Predators in return for defenseman Craig Millar.  Nashville got it on July 14, 1998, as part of the package that returned Doug Brown to the Red Wings after the Predators claimed him in the expansion draft.  In a 589-game NHL career split across six teams, Comrie would score 168 goals and add 197 assists.

Defensemen

Mike Green
Now a Red Wing via free agency, Detroit gave up the chance to pick Green when they sent their first-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft (29th overall) to the Washington Capitals in the deal for Robert Lang.  Green went on to score 113 goals and 247 assists in ten years with the Capitals, driving their power play.  He’s added 21 goals and 50 assists in two seasons since coming to Detroit.

Steve McCarthy
Never a flashy player, McCarthy nonetheless appeared in 302 career NHL games over a nine-season career split between the Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, and Atlanta Thrashers.  McCarthy came into the league via Detroit’s first-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft, 23rd overall.  That pick was acquired by the Blackhawks along with a first-rounder in 2001 and Anders Eriksson for Chris Chelios on March 23, 1999.  Chelios would play 578 games with the Red Wings over ten seasons.

Honorable Mention – Jakub Chychrun
Chychrun, a top prospect heading into the 2016 Entry Draft, slid down to Detroit’s spot at 16th overall before the Red Wings traded that pick and Pavel Datsyuk‘s salary cap hit to the Arizona Coyotes for the 20th and 53rd overall picks.  If he lives up to expectations, he could easily replace McCarthy on this list.

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Newly-annointed starter for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vasilevskiy has appeared in 90 NHL games, compiling a 2.60 GAA and a .915 save percentage.  The Lighting acquired him with the first-round draft pick in the 2012 Entry Draft (19th overall) that they got from Detroit in return for Kyle Quincey.

Red Wings Blanked by Blackhawks in Exhibition

One night after a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Detroit’s second game of their eight-game preseason schedule.

The Red Wings played without Johan Franzen, who was kept out of the lineup with a hip flexor. They also lost the services of forwards Teemu Pulkkinen and MItch Callahan. Both were ejected for boarding, with Pulkkinen out just 2:16 in to the game and Callahan at 2:20 of the second period.

Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored just 1:09 apart late in the middle period to provide all the game’s scoring. Sharp snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson with 3:23 remaining and Smith deflected a chance by Jimmy Hayes with 2:14 left.

Gustavsson finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots in two periods of play. Jared Coreau stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period. Corey Crawford made 19 saves to earn the shutout for Chicago.

Red Wings Eliminated by Blackhawks in Overtime of Game Seven

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 1-0 heading into the third period on Wednesday but couldn’t stop the Chicago Blackhawks, dropping Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams in overtime.

Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at 3:35 of the extra period. After Dave Bolland crushed Gustav Nyquist into the boards in the neutral zone he worked the puck to Seabrook to gain the Detroit zone and step into the high slot. Seabrook snapped a shot that deflected off defenseman Niklas Kronwall and fluttered past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Chicago thought they had taken a lead with 1:49 remaining in regulation when Niklas Hjalmarsson snapped a similar shot past Howard but the play occurred as referee Stephen Walkom called coincidental roughing minors on Kyle Quincey and Brandon Saad, negating the apparent goal.

After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks got on the board at 1:08 of the second. As the Red Wings got caught on a line change, Hjalmarsson sprung Michal Hanzus, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on a three-on-one. Sharp sent it to Handzus who worked it on to Hossa and back to Sharp to put past the sprawling Howard for a 1-0 lead.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 26 seconds into the third. Gustav Nyquist faked a shot from the left faceoff circle on a quick rush and drew the Chicago defense to him before passing across to Zetterberg all alone for a wrister past Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford.

With the loss, the Red Wings failed to finish off the Blackhawks after taking a 3-1 series lead.

No power play goals were scored on the night. Chicago had four chances with the extra attacker to Detroit’s two.

Howard made 33 saves on 35 shots against. Crawford stopped 26 of 27 chances.


Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula left the game early in the first period after an apparent slew-foot by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw during a scrum in front of the Red Wings’ bench.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Blackhawks – Game 5 – 5/25

The Red Wings visit Chicago tonight with a chance to eliminate the Blackhawks, carrying a 3-1 series lead into Game Five of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup.

Having scored only twice in the last three games, the ‘Hawks will once again shake up their lines to stack the top line with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

The Red Wings will make no changes to their lineup.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 1-2 all-time on May 25. Including tonight, they have never played at home on this day of the year.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBC.

Red Wings Even Series with Game Two Win

After a Game One that saw the Red Wings unable to generate any offense while dropping a 4-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit turned the tables in Game Two, evening their series while carrying play in a 4-1 victory of their own.

The series will shift to Joe Louis Arena for Game Three on Monday.

Brendan Smith – having taken the blame on several plays throughout the playoffs – ended up with the game-winning goal on Saturday afternoon. With 3:52 remaining in the second period, Smith jumped into the play as Henrik Zetterberg drove to the net, getting wide open in the left faceoff circle to take a pass and snap a shot past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

At 7:19 of the third Johan Franzen extended the Detroit lead. From inside his own zone, Jonathan Ericsson hit Franzen with a stretch pass at the Chicago blue line, springing him in all alone to whip a shot past Crawford to make it 3-1.

Valtteri Filppula finished off the scoring with 7:57 left to play. Zetterberg won a faceoff in his own zone and carried the puck down the left wing to cross the Blackhawks’ blue line before dropping it off to Filppula. Filppula cut to the slot and as he was tripped, slipped a shot past Crawford.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane had opened the game’s scoring with 5:55 remaining in the first period. Smith missed a check on Patrick Sharp on the left wing, leaving the Blackhawks on an odd-man rush. In front of his own goal, Kyle Quincey cut off a cross-ice pass from Sharp to Kane but the puck came right up top to Michal Handzus, who pushed it on to Kane alone in the left faceoff circle for a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Damien Brunner evened things up at 2:40 of the second period, deflecting a Jakub Kindl shot from the blue line past Crawford to make it 1-1.

Crawford finished the game with 26 saves on 30 shots against. Howard made 19 saves on 20 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. Detroit had four chances with the man-advantage to Chicago’s two.


Detroit’s Drew Miller made his 2013 playoff debut, returning from a broken hand suffered late in the regular season to replace Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.

Red Wings Overwhelmed in 4-1 Game One Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t hold off a sustained attack by the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night, dropping a 4-1 decision in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams.

After a first period that saw Detroit outshoot Chicago 7-6, the Blackhawks had a 36-14 shot advantage for the remainder of the game.

Former Red Wing Marian Hossa opened the game’s scoring at 9:03 of the first on a Chicago power play. When the Red Wings were unable to clear their own zone, Jonathan Toews sent a pass from the right faceoff circle to Hossa in the slot for a quick shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 1-0.

Detroit responded just 1:54 later. Streaking down the left wing, Damien Brunner attempted a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that was blocked. He continued after the puck, though, and batted his own rebound past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to tie things up.

Howard held off the Blackhawks’ push in the second period but Johnny Oduya put Chicago back out front at 8:02 of the second. Oduya snuck in from the point to take a feed from Patrick Sharp in the slot and snap a shot past Howard.

With 8:38 remaining in the period, Marcus Kruger put the Blackhawks up by a pair. Off a dump-in the puck ended up on the back of the Detroit net. Howard attempted to hold it there for a faceoff but it was knocked free and came out to Kruger in front for a backhander into a mostly-vacated net.

Sharp added an empty-net goal in the game’s final minute.

Hossa’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced. Crawford made 20 saves on 21 shots against.

Game Two will be Saturday afternoon in Chicago.


The Red Wings are now 0-7 all-time in series opening games played in Chicago.

Red Wings Offensive Woes Continue in Shootout Loss to Chicago

For the third consecutive game, the Detroit Red Wings managed only one goal through regulation, dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first two periods, Tomas Tatar scored the team’s only goal at 2:43 of the third. Patrick Eaves took the puck behind the Chicago net with Joakim Andersson coming in from the opposite side. Andersson popped a pass out front to Tatar who snapped a shot home past Blackhawks’ netminder Corey Crawford.

A late power play gave the Blackhawks the opportunity to respond. Kyle Quincey knocked down a shot by Patrick Sharp in the slot but he failed to clear the puck, with Viktor Stalberg jumping in to poke it free to Patrick Kane. Kane’s wrister from the right faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard to tie things up and force overtime.

Kane would go on to score the only goal of the shootout, slowly skating in on Howard before snapping a shot past him.

Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg failed to score for Detroit in the shootout. Jonathan Toews also did not score.

Howard and Crawford each finished the afternoon with 32 saves on 33 shots

The Red Wings were scoreless on two power play opportunities. Kane’s goal came on one of four Chicago attempts with the extra attacker.


The Red Wings have not scored more than a goal in a game since beating the Vancouver Canucks 8-3 last Sunday.

TGTW: Red Wings Drop Two of Three in Week Fourteen

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the NHL’s original 2012-13 schedule, lost by the lockout. I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season so we can see what might have been.

The Detroit Red Wings went 1-2 in the fourteenth week of the NHL season, sliding two points further back in the Central Division standings.

The Wings started the week with a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring at 7:55 of the first and Patrick Kane made it 2-0 with 5:37 left in the period before Valtteri Filppula cut the lead in half with 54 seconds left. Patrick Sharp put the ‘Hawks back up by a pair just 57 seconds into the second period. Niklas Kronwall cut the lead to a goal again at 9:09 of the third but Marcus Kruger added an insurance marker with 1:38 left. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves on 26 shots in taking the loss.

The Wings headed out west on Wednesday, picking up a 2-0 win in San Jose. Kronwall opened the scoring at 6:08 of the first and Filppula wrapped things up with 5:11 left in regulation. Howard made 21 saves in the shutout effort.

It was on to Los Angeles on Saturday, where the Kings rallied for a 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Detroit took a 2-0 lead off goals by Todd Bertuzzi at 5:10 of the first and Darren Helm at 2:26 of the second. Rob Scuderi got the Kings on the board with 4:25 left in the middle period and Trevor Lewis tied things up just 1:12 into the third. Simon Gagne scored with 2:43 left in the third to break the tie and give LA the win. Howard made 24 saves on the night.

The Red Wings remain in third in the Central Division and sit in sixth place in the Western Conference. They are four points behind the Nashville Predators with four games in hand and two up on the Blackhawks with two games in hand.

Howard’s shutout of the Sharks gave him seven on the season, one more than Jean-Sebastien Gigure of the Colorado Avalanche and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the league lead.

The Red Wings continue their road trip next week with visits to Anaheim, Phoenix, and Vancouver.

Red Wings to Face Predators in Round One After Shootout Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings will meet the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs following the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Had the Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks, they would have at least temporarily jumped into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. A loss would have left them in sixth place. Their single point locked them into fifth place, visiting fourth-placed Nashville to start the postseason.

Pavel Datsyuk scored with just 47 seconds in regulation to pull Detroit into a 2-2 tie with the Blackhawks and force overtime. With Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, Henrik Zetterberg worked the puck to Tomas Holmstrom at the side of the Chicago crease. With the defense collapsing in on him, Holmstrom sent a pass across the net-mouth to a wide open Datsyuk, who knocked it home.

After a scoreless overtime, Patrick Kane would score the only goal of the shootout, beating Howard between the pads after a series of fakes. Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi failed to score for the Red Wings while Patrick Sharp was stopped on Chicago’s second chance.

Viktor Stalberg had opened the game’s scoring with 9:46 left in the first period when he was left uncovered to pick up the rebound of a Sharp shot from the point and throw it back between Howard’s pads.

Chicago made it 2-0 with 2:40 left in the second on a goal by Andrew Shaw just after the expiration of a power play. With Bertuzzi coming out of the box, the Red Wings left Shaw alone in the slot to take a feed from Sharp and snap it past Howard.

Johan Franzen started Detroit’s rally at 8:11 of the third period, throwing a shot on goal from the right wing that somehow found its way between the pads of Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

Crawford finished the afternoon with 30 saves on 32 shots while Howard stopped 31 of 33 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the contest. The Red Wings had two power play attempts while the Blackhawks had six.

Detroit’s first-round playoff schedule is expected to be announced on Sunday.


Detroit forward Riley Sheahan made his NHL debut wearing No. 15. He swapped into the lineup in favor of Jan MursakDanny Cleary was the other forward scratch for the Red Wings, with Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm still hurt… Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense.

Red Wings Lose Howard, Kindl, Game

The Detroit Red Wings had a hat trick of losses Sunday afternoon. Defenseman Jakub Kindl left the game in the first period with what the team called an upper-body injury. Goaltender Jimmy Howard did not take to the ice for the second period with an unspecified lower-body injury. Then the remnants of the team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The loss was the first of the season at Joe Louis Arena for Detroit backup goalie Joey MacDonald and ended his personal winning streak at seven games. He has lost both games in which he’s appeared but did not start.

The Blackhawks opened the game’s scoring on the power play, just 3:17 in. Patrick Sharp‘s shot from just in side the left point deflected off Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to give Chicago the early 1-0 lead.

Kronwall answered back for the Red Wings at 6:03 of the period. Darren Helm gained the Blackhawks’ zone, jumping around Patrick Kane before circling back as the teams completed line changes. Kronwall stepped up to the blue line to take a pass from Helm and rifle a shot past netminder Ray Emery.

With 1:19 left in the second period, the Blackhawks capitalized on a Detroit turnover to score what would be the game-winning goal.

Wings’ defenseman Brad Stuart had the puck behind his own net when he sent a soft pass that was picked up by Sharp. Sharp sent it to the front of the goal to Kane, who outwaited a sprawling MacDonald and slipped a shot past him.

The Red Wings would be unable to even things up, even in the game’s final minute with MacDonald on the bench for an extra attacker.

Detroit finished the game scoreless on four power play attempts, while Chicago scored on one of their three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped four of the five first-period shots he faced in the Detroit net before MacDonald took over to stop 12 of 13 Chicago chances. Emery made 23 saves on 24 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.


Both Howard and Kindl are listed as day-to-day by the Red Wings… Detroit was already without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Patrick Eaves (concussion), as well as defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) and Jonathan Ericsson (wrist)… Forward Chris Conner did not play and was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins following the game, having been called up in case Todd Bertuzzi was unable to go.