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Red Wings’ plan centered on building ‘a nucleus’ through draft

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Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman met with the media Thursday to talk about Tuesday’s NHL Draft. He also fielded questions about other players.

The Detroit News

Detroit — Steve Yzerman is in the midst of one of his busiest times ever as a general manager.

The NHL Entry Draft is next Tuesday, finally, after being delayed for about almost four months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unrestricted free agency begins Oct. 9, and there is a dizzying amount of trade talk going on because of so many teams coming close to the salary cap.

But through it all, Yzerman’s plan for the Red Wings isn’t changing. Accumulating and using all their draft picks wisely — the Wings are picking fourth in the first round and have 10 picks overall, including three in the second round — still is the main plan.

Wings GM Steve Yzerman (Photo: David Guralnick,

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