The Detroit Red Wings think they might have a steal in Chase Bradley.
Bradley wasn't taken until the 203rd pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Obviously players who go that late are projects at best and many of them don't make it to the NHL, but successful teams get value out of their late round picks. In the past, Detroit drafted Jonathan Ericsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Tomas Holmstrom in the sixth round or later. “For sure, you see some of those players who are drafted in the late round, and the impact they’ve had in the NHL, it’s crazy,” Bradley said in a Zoom media interview after the draft. “It didn’t affect them too much. Being drafted is one of the main things you strive for. It definitely doesn’t change my mindset on anything.” Those players were key pieces for the Red Wings, but in recent years Detroit hasn't had nearly as much success with their late round picks. The Red Wings are hoping to change that recent trend with Bradley though. They like his competitiveness and the steady rate that he's been developing. He's been playing in the USHL, but is set to go to Northeastern to continue his development in the NCAA. Nov 25 10:37 am (EST)
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