Meet the Red Wings 2021 draft picks

Detroit News

Here’s a look at the Red Wings’ picks from the 2021 NHL Draft: 

Simon Edvinsson

Pick: No. 6 overall (Round 1)

Position: Defense

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 207 pounds

Last season: Frolunda and Vasteras (SHL), 0 goals, 6 assists, 6 points

Scouting report: Edvinsson was the top-rated defenseman out of Europe, and only Michigan defenseman Owen Power was rated higher on many draft boards earlier in the season. He’s big, mobile, plays with some grit, and draws many comparisons to Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman. Edvinsson does need to add bulk and add strength. Another year or two away from playing in North America.

Sebastian Cossa

Pick: No. 15 overall (Round 1)

Position: Goaltender

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 212 pounds

Last season: Drummondville (QMJHL), 17-1-1, 1.57 GAA, .941 SVS

Scouting report: It was either going to be Cossa or Jesper Wallstedt who was going to be the first goalie drafted, and the Wings made it Cossa. He’s a big, athletic goaltender who uses his size to his advantage and doesn’t give opposing shooters many holes. Moves well in net and is technically sound. Cossa plays with confidence and doesn’t mind chirping opponents.

Shai Buium

Pick: No. 36 overall (Round 2)

Position: Defenseman

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 214 pounds

Last season: Sioux City (USHL), 50 games, four goals, 22 assists, 26 points

Scouting report: Another lanky, rangy defenseman who is a left-handed shot and can transport the puck up the ice. From San Diego, he’s taken an unnatural route up the junior circuit, but impressed at prep powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minnesota) and Sioux City. Will play at the University of Denver with another Wings’ prospect, Antti Tuomisto, and third-round pick Carter Mazur.

Carter Mazur

Pick: No. 70 overall (Round 3)

Position: Left wing

Height/weight: 6-foot, 168 pounds

Last season: Tri-City (USHL), 47 games, 20 goals, 24 assists, 44 points

Scouting report: A Jackson native, Mazur began his junior career playing in the Little Caesars program. Mazur was a captain for Tri-City this season and he is a second-year draft eligible player, having gone undrafted last year. Scouts have been impressed with his pure offensive skill, but he desperately needs to get stronger. Mazur, 19, is quick and can handle the puck, and could develop into a prospect if he gets stronger physically.

Red Savage

Pick: No. 114 overall (Round 4)

Position: Left wing/center

Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 181 pounds

Last season: USNTDP, 46 games, 18 goals, 24 assists, 42 points

Scouting report:  Headed to the University of Miami (Ohio) after a productive season for the USNTDP. Savage projects as an accountable two-way forward, and scouts feel has a particularly refined offensive game along with great leadership skills. He’s the son of former NHL player Brian Savage.

Liam Dower Nilsson

Pick: No. 134 overall (Round 5)

Position: Center

Height/weight: 6-foot, 176 pounds

Last season:  Frolunda/Hanhals (Sweden), 30 games, 11 goals, 20 assists, 31 points

Scouting report:  Crafty passer who can quarterback a power play, and has terrific instincts on the ice in finding open linemates. Some mock drafts had him going higher in the draft by a couple of rounds. Needs to grow physically, and Wings will let him develop. Good leader, and scouts like his two-way game.

Oscar Plandowski

Pick: No. 155 overall (Round 5)

Position: Defenseman

Height/weight: 6-foot, 190 pounds

Last season: Charlottetown (Quebec), 39 games, five goals, 12 assists, 17 points

Scouting report:  Prolific skater who appears to be more of a defensive defenseman. Has fine speed and could develop into a shut-down type of defenseman if he continues to progress. His dad Darryl is director of amateur scouting for Arizona (and starred at Northern Michigan) and mom Jill is a power-skating coach.

Pasquale Zito

Pick: No. 166 overall (Round 6)

Position: Left wing

Height/weight: 6-foot, 174 pounds

Last season: Windsor (OHL), 2019-20, 46 games, three goals, 10 assists, 13 points

Scouting report: Missed the entire season as the Ontario Hockey League didn’t play due to the pandemic. An emotional player who do whatever it takes to win, Zito is a good energy guy, a checker, who is effective on the defensive end. Good in the faceoff circle, Zito likes the physical part of the game.

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