The second round of the 2021 NHL Draft should be an entertaining one for fans of the Detroit Red Wings, as the organization has three picks to play with. At Octopus Thrower, we’ve already taken a look at three potential prospects that’ll likely be available in the second – but let’s look at a few more possibilities.
Logan Stankoven – C
Stankoven was another prospect with altered draft stock because of the “Covid-19” year. After a great rookie season with the Kamloops Blazers (29 goals and 19 assists in 59 games), he didn’t have the chance to really continue illustrating his development, as his sophomore season was only six games. But in those six games, Stankoven managed to make his mark, netting seven goals and tacking on three assist in just six games. In a full season, Stankoven could very well have made a name for himself as one of the top prospects in the draft.
Stankoven’s greatest limitations are his aforementioned lack of experience and his size. Standing at 5-foot-8, he isn’t exactly an imposing figure on the ice. However, he easily makes up for his shortcomings with fantastic speed, high motor and great shot.
Stankoven is just a natural scorer. He uses his great skating/speed to insert himself into high-danger situations and flicks a deadly-accurate wrister or quick one timer past the goaltender. There aren’t times on the ice where it looks like Stankoven is passive or apathetic on a play; he’s playing at one hundred percent consistently.
There’s a good chance that Stankoven doesn’t make it to Detroit’s first pick of the second round at 37. But if he does, he could be the diamond-in-the-rough forward with a high offensive ceiling that Detroit needs more of down the pipeline.