May 6, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Al the Octopus hangs over the ice before during game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Draft 2013: Detroit Red Wings Draft Preview

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Detroit Red Wings General Manager and executive Vice President Ken Holland and company always draft the best player available, but with a young defensive core in place they should be looking at the forwards.

The Red Wings went out and brought in the Swiss sniper Damien Brunner because of their scoring need and they will be doing the same thing come draft time by bringing in a power forward who can bury the puck.

Of the players who will be available around pick #18; I think Anthony Mantha, Frederick Gauthier, and Alexander Wennberg will be good choices for the Detroit Red Wings.

These players will all make an impact at the NHL level, but as always with late rounds picks they have issues; Mantha could be a one year wonder, Gauthier is more of a grinder than a scorer, and Wennberg will spend at least two more years in Sweden.

Ken Holland could always make a surprise choice and move up in the draft by trading a prospect or player, but I expect the Wings will stay at No. 18.

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