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Frk, 19, was taken No. 49 overall. According to HockeysFuture.com, the Czech Republic native was the leading scorer in the Czech U20 Extraliga, tallying 28 goals and 30 assists in 41 games.
The Red Wings, who didn't have a first-round pick in this year's draft, say they are high on Frk. From the Detroit Free Press:
"We're excited about him," said Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill. "He's one of Czech's top players. He had a tough year last year with injuries, but as an under-ager he was one of the top players at world juniors. Heavy body. Very competitive and he's got some good skills."
Frk suffered a concussion last season during a preseason game, but Nill said that unless it becomes a recurring issue, it's not something the team is worried about.
NHL Draft Grades tend to be a bit subjective since there is usually a several year gap from when players are drafted and players getting their first shots in the league. When there aren't any high profile players picked by a team, there's even less to grade. In related news, there wasn't much news from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday evening when the first round of the NHL draft was conducted.
Their lack of a first round pick kept them out of the headlines, and SB Nation's 2012 NHL Draft Grades gave them an 'Incomplete' grade because of a lack of real impact player picks or trades.
Detroit Red Wings: Without a pick in the first round, the Red Wings may face unexpected challenges in free agency if the trade market at the draft is any indication. INCOMPLETE
That's likely a jab at the Wings being interested in the biggest name free agents on the market this off season, mainly Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils. That's one that will have to be solved as the off season goes along though. If the draft is any indication, the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to bid high on pretty much everyone.
With the 200th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Detroit Red Wings selected forward Rasmus Bodin. He is a big player from Sweden who is listed as being 6-foot-6 and 207 pounds, and he is the final player the Red Wings selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Bodin played for Östersunds IK in Sweden last season. In the J18 Elit division, he scored nine goals and had 17 assists for 26 points in 29 games. In Division 1, Bodin had three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 20 games.
The Red Wings have certainly had success with Swedish players in the past, especially later in the draft. Just look at Henrik Zetterberg, who was the 210th overall pick in 1999. Let's hope years from now we're talking about Bodin and the 200th overall pick as an example of a steal for the Red Wings.
Here's a look at all six of the Red Wings' 2012 NHL Draft picks:
Four future Michigan State hockey players have now been selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. The Spartans had two taken in the third round, one in the fourth round and now one in the seventh round with incoming forward Matthew DeBlouw being picked 186th overall by the Calgary Flames.
DeBlouw, who is set to join Michigan State's team this fall, is from the state of Michigan. He also played in the state of Michigan the past two seasons for the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks. He had 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points in 58 games last season, and in 2010-11, he had two goals and four assists for six points in 33 games.
Here's the full list of where players with Michigan State ties have been drafted this year:
The Detroit Red Wings' fifth pick on Saturday was another defenseman. For the second straight round, the Red Wings went with defense, this time selecting James De Haas.
De Haas, who is from Ontario, has played in Toronto the past three seasons. In 2011-12, he was with the Toronto Lakeshore of the OJHL. He scored 10 goals and had 19 assists for 29 points in 45 games. The two seasons before that, he was with the Toronto Marlboros of the GTHL.
Here's the rundown on the Red Wings' picks so far:
The Red Wings' final pick of the draft will be the 200th overall selection (in the seventh round).
Four current or future Michigan hockey players have been selected so far in the 2012 NHL Draft. The latest is incoming freshman defenseman Connor Carrick, who was selected by the Washington Capitals with the 137th overall pick (in the fifth round).
Carrick, like fellow incoming freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba, was with the USA National Team Development Program the past two seasons. He played on the Under-18 Team in 2011-12 and had seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 53 games. A season earlier, he was with the Under-17 Team and had one goal and six assists for seven points in 36 games.
Carrick, as mentioned, is the fourth player with Michigan ties to be selected in this year's draft. Trouba was the first when he went ninth overall to the Winnipeg Jets. On Saturday, both Phil Di Giuseppe and Cristoval "Boo" Nieves were picked in the second round.
Rhett Holland is the latest player with ties to Michigan State to be selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. He was picked 102nd overall (in the fourth round) by the Phoenix Coyotes, becoming the third future Michigan State player to be picked in this year's draft. (In the third round, future Spartans Mackenzie MacEachern and John Draeger were selected with back-to-back picks.)
Holland is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The past three seasons, he played with the AJHL's Okotoks. He recorded three goals in both the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons. In 2010-11, he had two goals. In those three seasons, he had eight, nine and seven assists, giving him point totals of 11, 11 and 10. In that sense, he has been a very consistent player.
Holland is set to join the Michigan State Spartans for the 2012 season.
The Detroit Red Wings have selected their first defenseman of the 2012 NHL Draft. After going with forwards Martin Frk and Andreas Athanasiou and goalie Jake Paterson earlier in the draft, the Red Wings selected defenseman Michael McKee in the fifth round with the 140th overall pick.
McKee, who is listed at 6-foot-4, is committed to play hockey at Western Michigan. He is from Ontario and played for the Lincolnof the USHL in 2011-12. In 59 games for the Stars, he had two goals and 17 assists for 19 points. A season earlier, he played for Kent School in Connecticut and recorded eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 27 games.
With the McKee pick now made, the Red Wings have only two picks remaining: the 170th and 200th overall selections.
The Detroit Red Wings' fourth-round pick is in. With the 110th overall selection, the Red Wings picked Andreas Athanasiou, a forward from the London Knights of the OHL. He is the second forward the Red Wings have drafted, as they took right-winger Martin Frk in the second round of the draft earlier on Saturday.
Athanasiou, who is from London, appeared in 63 games for his hometown team last season. He scored 22 goals and had 15 assists for 37 points. A season earlier, he had 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 57 games.
The Red Wings have now made three picks so far on the second day of the draft. In addition to Frk and Athanasiou, they also selected goalie Jake Paterson on Saturday.
The Red Wings' next selection is the 140th overall pick of the draft (in the fifth round).
The first two players with Michigan State ties to be selected in the 2012 NHL Draft both went in the third round on Saturday. Actually, they went with back-to-back picks in the third round. 2013 commit Mackenzie MacEachern was selected with the 67th overall pick by the St. Louis Blues and incoming freshman John Draeger was selected with the 68th overall pick by the Minnesota Wild.
MacEachern goes to Brother Rice High School in Michigan and put up huge numbers last season. In 29 games, he had 42 goals and 48 assists for 90 points. A season earlier, he also had big numbers with 34 goals and 36 assists for 72 points in 30 games.
Draeger, who is from Minnesota and will be headed to MSU this fall, has played for Shattuck-St. Mary's School the last two seasons. He had 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points in 57 games last season and three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 54 games in 2010-11.
Paterson is from Ontario and has been playing hockey in Michigan with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. Last season, he played in 42 games and had a goals against average of 3.42 and a save percentage of 0.904. He had one shutout during the 2011-12 season. A season earlier, he appeared in only five games with Saginaw and had a GAA of 2.97 and a save percentage of 0.907.
The Red Wings obviously don't have a hole at goalie with Jimmy Howard set to be their starter for the foreseeable future, but it never hurts to add some depth for the future.
The Red Wings will go back on the clock with the 110th overall pick (fourth round).
In the first two rounds of the 2012 NHL Draft, three players with ties to the University of Michigan were selected. Defenseman Jacob Trouba, an incoming freshman, was the first player with Michigan ties to be selected, as he was picked ninth overall by the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. On Saturday, current Michigan forward Phil Di Giuseppe went 38th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. Later on Saturday and still in the second round, incoming freshman Cristoval "Boo" Nieves was selected 59th overall by the New York Rangers.
Nieves, who barring a change of plans will join the Michigan hockey team this upcoming season, is from Syracuse, New York. He played hockey for Kent School in Connecticut last season and had seven goals and 32 assists for 39 points in 26 games. He also played for Kent School in 2010-11 and had 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points in 22 games. He briefly was with the Indiana Ice of the USHL last season, but he appeared in only 13 games before returning to Kent School.
With three current or future players already selected, Michigan will now be looking to see where incoming freshman Connor Carrick and 2013 commit Alex Kile end up, as both players are expected to be drafted.
The Detroit Red Wings had a pretty boring first day of the 2012 NHL Draft. They didn't have a first-round pick, and they weren't involved in any draft-day trades. Their first-rounder was traded away last season for defenseman Kyle Quincey, so they had to wait until the second day for their first pick of 2012.
On Saturday, in the second round of the draft, the Red Wings used their first pick (the 49th overall selection) to select Martin Frk, a right-winger from the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads. Frk is from the Czech Republic and is a 6-foot-0, 198-pound forward.
Frk has been with Halifax the past two seasons. In 2010-11, he played in 62 games and recorded 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points. Last season, he had 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points in only 34 games played. He also scored five goals and had 11 assists in 17 playoff games this past season.
Barring a trade, the Red Wings will go back on the clock with the 80th overall pick. They also are currently scheduled to use the 110th, 140th, 170th and 200th overall picks.
On the first day of the draft, incoming Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba was selected by the with the ninth overall pick. There was some thinking that he could have company in the first round with current Michigan forward Phil Di Giuseppe, but Di Giuseppe slipped to the 38th overall pick. The Carolina Hurricanes selected him on the second day of the draft with the eighth pick of the second round.
Di Giuseppe burst onto the scene last season as a freshman at Michigan. He immediately became one of their big offensive contributors, and by season's end he had recorded 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 40 games. He was an honorable mention on the CCHA All-Rookie Team and expects to be a big contributor again this coming season at Michigan.
With Trouba and Di Giuseppe now being picked, it's expected that Cristoval "Boo" Nieves, an incoming freshman, will be the next player with University of Michigan ties to be selected.
Incoming Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba was just selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Trouba was projected to be a top-10 pick by most, and that was a dead on prediction with him going with the ninth pick of the first round. Assuming he actually makes it to Michigan, he will be a big contributor for the Wolverines starting this fall.
Trouba, who is from Rochester, Michigan, played with the USA National Team Development Program the previous two seasons. In 2011-12, he was on the Under-18 Team and scored nine goals and had 22 assists (for 31 points) in 50 games. A season earlier, he recorded seven points on the Under-17 Team.
Trouba is one of several players with ties to the University of Michigan expected to be selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. Current Michigan forward Phil Di Giuseppe could be a first-round pick, as could incoming Michigan forward Cristoval "Boo" Nieves. On the second day of the draft, a few other recruits could be selected.
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will highlight the league's top picks by airing the first round of the draft from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Rounds two through seven will then be completed with a little less fanfare throughout the day on Saturday.
The Edmonton Oilers have the top pick in the draft, which is headlined by dynamic right winger Nail Yakupov from the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. The Oilers haven't ruled out a last minute trade, but it would have to be a significant offer with such a consensus top pick in Yakupov on the table.
Here are the key details about the draft:
Date: Friday, June 22 (first round) and Saturday, June 23 (second through seventh rounds)
Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Time: Friday - 7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday - 10:00 a.m. ET
TV: Friday - NBC Sports Network, TSN (Canada), Saturday - NHL Network
Radio: NHL Home Ice SiriusXM: Ch. 92 (Sirius 207)
NHL.com will also have a draft tracker to keep tabs on the draft as it unfolds. A complete draft listing for all teams can be found here.
The 2012 NHL Draft is set to take place in Pittsburgh on Friday evening, but the Detroit Red Wings' decision-makers don't have to rush into the Consol Energy Center since they won't be busy during the first round of the draft.
In fact, Detroit won't pick until after the midway point in the second round with the 19th pick (49th overall). The Red Wings will reportedly by looking for size and strength since they won't have a shot at the highly skilled talent in the draft. That quest will continue in the draft with the 19th pick in the third round (80th overall), fourth round (110th overall), fifth round (140th overall), sixth round (170th overall) and seventh round (200th overall).
The No. 1 overall pick goes to the Edmonton Oilers. The Red Wings traded their top pick this year to acquire defenceman Kyle Quincey, so Tampa Bay will be using the 19th pick in the first round.
A complete draft listing for all teams can be found here.
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