Many risks can be taken in the offseason in the National Hockey League, especially when your team is entering a rebuilding mode and many people expect you to become a contender sooner rather than later. However, some moves mean risky business and it looks like the Detroit Red Wings are getting closer to making one.
The Red Wings are willing to trade the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, general manager Ken Holland revealed to The Athletic on Wednesday.
"I'm open to possibly move," Holland said.
Detroit holds the sixth overall selection after falling back one spot in the NHL Draft Lottery. However, they also have a second pick in the first round, as they will land the 30th or 31st overall pick, acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights in a transaction for forward Tomas Tatar, which took place at the NHL Trade Deadline. They also have two second-round picks and three third-round choices among its total of 11.
"I've started to talk to some teams about a lot," Holland added. "As you work your way toward Dallas at the draft, draft movement possibilities, I think at this stage in the game, everybody is kicking tires as to what might be out there."
The Athletic has revealed - as many people expected - that Detroit is seeking a defenseman or a center. According to the recent mock drafts, players who could be available in the 6-10 range are defensemen Adam Boqvist, Evan Bouchard, Noah Dobson and Quintin Hughes, and centers Barrett Hayton and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The Red Wings also could use the No. 30 or 31 pick and one of their second-round picks (Nos. 33 and 36) in a trade to move up in a packaged deal.
"If somebody on your list starts to slide, then you start to work the phone," Holland said. "We like a lot of players in that range, in that 30-35 range. We think there's some pretty good players. Do you package two of those picks and try to move up? Possibly, if somebody high on our lists starts to slide and starts to fall."
One thing is clear: there is little or no motivation to move up in the draft, who will take place on June 22.