Friday, June 25, 2010

Updated: Welcome to Detroit, Riley Sheahan

One thing everyone should know by know: You don't doubt Ken Holland and company. Certainly, I don't see why the 2010 NHL Draft should be any different.

While many, myself included, wanted Emerson Etem in the red and white, seeing as he was available at the 21st overall pick, the Red Wings selected center Riley Sheahan. Sheahan is a freshman at Notre Dame, weighing in at around 200 pounds and is 6' 2" in height.

He posted six goals and and 11 assists in 37 games for the Irish this past season, and while those numbers may have hurt his draft stock a bit, he still has tremendous upside and has the opportunity to bulk up some more in college.

Like Chris Hollis said in Michael Petrella's live chat over at Winging It In Motown, you won't see him Detroit any time soon, as he'll more than likely stay in South Bend, Indiana for at least two more years. Scouts say he has adapted well to Notre Dame's style of play, which is also a contributing factor to his relatively modest point total in his freshman year.

We do need to keep in mind that he's only 19-years-old and was the youngest player in the CCHA. Even though everyone he was playing against others that were older than him, Sheahan still was featured on Notre Dame's top two lines and took shifts on the power play as well as the penalty kill.

Sheahan is a defensive-minded forward who needs to work on his skating, but NHL Central Scouting noted that he (paraphrasing) is very conscious in the defensive zone and will go to the front of the net.

George Malik compiled a ton of information on Sheahan over at Snapshots, including the fact that he was awarded the Junior 'B' Top Prospects Award in 2009.

Here are the rest of Detroit's draft picks:

Round 2 - Pick 21 (51 overall)
Round 3 - Pick 21 (81 overall)
Round 4 - Pick 21 (111 overall)
Round 5 - Pick 21 (141 overall)
Round 6 - Pick 21 (171 overall)
Round 7 - Pick 21 (201 overall)

Update (11:17 PM): Here is the newest Red Wing showing off some of his puck handling skills off-ice...



Update (11:28 PM): For some reason I can't grab the embed code, but here is another video of Sheahan speaking to the Edmonton Oilers following testing at the combine.

Update (11:47 PM): Here is Sheahan putting on the Red Wings sweater shortly after being drafted.

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