DETROIT (AP) - Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he's not expecting much any time soon from the team's first-round pick.I have the Red Wings taking Jonas Brodin in my mock draft, which you can read here, but at that point he may actually be the best player available. Obviously, Holland and Jim Nill know what they're doing and will have expert reasoning behind whomever they select, but I'm really expecting they go with a defenseman in the first round.
Detroit has the 24th pick overall Friday in the NHL draft.
Holland says the prospect probably won't be able to help the Red Wings for three to five years. He says the team will take the best available player whether he's a goaltender, defenseman or forward.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl, drafted 19th overall in 2005, got his first extended shot to play in Detroit last season. Defenseman Brendan Smith, taken 27th overall in 2007, might get his first chance to play for the Red Wings next season.
Here are Detroit's picks this year:
Round 1: 24th overall
Round 2: 55th overall
Round 3: 85th overall
Round 4: 115th overall
Round 5: 145th overall
Round 5: 146th overall, from Flyers
Round 6: 175th overall
Round 7: 205th overall