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Detroit Red Wings days away from possible big step ahead

By Joseph Hayes

The Detroit Tigers had a near perfect Major League Baseball Draft.

This came just only weeks after the Detroit Lions enjoyed pretty much the same.

The Tigers entered the draft desperately needing a few premium hitters; and by all accounts, they nabbed more than just one.

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Not only did Detroit get a premiere talent in first baseman/third baseman Spencer Torkelson, the Tigers drafted a premium bat in each round.

The Detroit Lions meanwhile entered the NFL drafted needing to upgrade their overall talent.

They needed to add defensive playmakers, offensive playmakers and did so, adding the top cornerback in the draft in Jeff Okudah and arguably the top playmaking running back D’Andre Swift.

Now, if the Red Wings could only follow suit this weekend and draw the top pick in the draft on Friday during the NHL lottery, which would all accounts be none other than Alexis Lafreniere.

He is a 6-foot-1, 186-pound left winger who just finished a great junior career for Rimouski of the Quebec junior league with 112 points (35 goals) in only 52 games.

He would possibly be an even bigger prize than Torkelson or Okudah, and give the Red Wings the type of prospect they so desperately need.

It would also be the overall talent for Detroit that the city so desperately needs to get out of the tailspin it has been in for several years.

But even after finishing with the worst record in the NHL by far, Detroit still has a chance to draft as low as fourth, depending where they finish in Friday’s draft lottery.

But they also have a 18.5 percent chance to draft first overall, which would ensure Lafreniere.

So let’s pray for the best. Who knows just how big it could be for Detroit to bring this much talent back-to-back-to-back after being void of so much talent the past few years.

It would surely be a big step forward in the right direction and set the Detroit Pistons up next when they draft this fall.

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