Wondering if the two time Stanley Cup Champions are going to be able to continue their success into the new century? Here is a look at the last four drafts and what those players are doing today. For a full profile on each player, go to the Red Wings team page.
1st Round ( 26th overall ): Maxim Kuznetsov, D , 6-5 215 Adirondack ( AHL ) : Detroit’s 7th rated prospect.
Comments: After having a strong season as a rookie in 97/98 for Adirondack, Maxim had a poor training camp this year with the Red Wings and has the organization wondering if he has the skills to be an NHL blueliner. Though he moves well for a big man and has a solid shot from the point, he does not play like the giant that he is. Kuznetsov has a hard time making an effective pass out of the defensive zone to allow the forwards to transverse the neural zone with speed. His size will get him several chances to finally make it to the NHL, but the fact that he has been a healthy scratch several times in the AHL might tell the story after all is said and done. One thing for certain, Kuznetsov will spend at least one more entire year in the AHL before being given any opportunity to play in the NHL.
2nd Round ( 52nd overall ): Philippe Audet, LW, 6-2 190, Adirondack (AHL ): Detroit’s 6th overall prospect.