Detroit Red Wings: Scouting Reports On 3 Trade Deadline Additions

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Now that you’ve had a day to recover from the Detroit Red Wings’ NHL Trade Deadline blitz, it’s time to learn a little more about the three players who will soon be joining the organization.

For those with a scorecard, here is a four-day transaction recap: GM Steve Yzerman leveraged Anthony Mantha, two veteran defensemen (Patrik Nemeth and Jon Merrill), one minor-league defenseman (Brian Lashoff), and cash into two NHL forwards (Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik), an AHL prospect (Hayden Verbeek) and five draft picks, including a 2021 first-rounder.

Vrana and Panik are expected to join the Red Wings after COVID-19 protocols have been cleared and Verbeek was assigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Here is a scouting report on the three newcomers:

Red Wings’ Richard Panik


Age: 30.

Height: 6-1.

Weight: 203.

Position: Left Wing.

Scouting Report

  • Drafted in the second round (52nd overall) in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • Displays skill and, on good nights, utilizes his big frame to create time and space.
  • Scoring instincts develop from a high hockey IQ.
  • Has shown an ability to play a strong two-way game, but has proven inconsistent.

Red Wings’ Jakub Vrana


Age: 25.

Height: 6-0.

Weight: 197.

Position: Left Wing.

Scouting Report

  • Drafted in the first round (13th overall) in 2014 by the Washington Capitals.
  • Collected eight playoff points during the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup championship run, but has gone scoreless in his last 15 postseason outings.
  • Elite skater with soft hands and creative scoring skills.
  • Able to play both wings, but, at times, can struggle against physical opponents.
  • Equipped with a strong shot, but, at times, lacks discipline and, like Mantha, can “disappear” for long stretches of games.

Griffins’ Hayden Verbeek


Age: 23.

Height: 5-10.

Weight: 183.

Position: Center/Left Wing.

Scouting Report

  • Undrafted.
  • Comes from a strong family lineage (uncle Pat played for the Red Wings from 1999-2001).
  • Good “energy” player who rarely suffers through an off-shift.
  • Displays solid puck skills.
  • Must keep skates moving to avoid bigger, more physical, opponents.
  • Dressed for ECHL teams during 2018-19 (Maine) and 2019-20 (Adirondack).

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