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Red Wings select Filip Zadina in NHL Draft first round

Posted: 9:03 PM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-23 09:26:47Z

DALLAS (AP) -- Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some curveballs.

The selections after Dahlin and Svechnikov brought some surprises. Montreal took Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi fourth and Arizona went a bit off the board with center Barrett Hayton fifth, allowing high-scoring Czech winger Filip Zadina to fall to Detroit with the sixth pick.

 

 

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said before the draft that they were going to take the player they thought would be the best down the road. Holland figured Zadina can be a 30-goal scorer in the NHL.

"We're trying to build," Holland said. "We're looking to acquire as much talent as we can as quickly as possible."