This is a mock draft of the 2022 NHL draft with the Detroit Red Wings, who have 10 picks in the draft, including two picks in the second round and three in the fourth round. They could possibly add even more picks at the draft by trading away some of their valuable assets at the draft.
Related: Seattle Kraken
Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made
Detroit Red Wings trade Tyler Bertuzzi and Pius Suter to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alex Kerfoot, Rasmus Sandin, and Roni Hirvonen, 2024 2nd round pick.
The Maple Leafs are desperate and are in win-now mode, so they make the trade for Tyler Bertuzzi in hopes that he can be that missing piece for them. For Detroit, they take advantage of Toronto’s cap situation and are able to pluck Alex Kerfoot and Rasmus Sandin from them.
The Red Wings also trade Robby Fabbri and Filip Zadina to the Edmonton Oilers for Jesse Puljujarvi, Warren Foegele, 2nd round pick ’23. Detroit retains 1.25 million of Robby Fabbri’s cap hit.
This is two trades in one; Robby Fabbri is traded for Warren Foegle and a 2nd round pick, and Filip Zadina is traded straight up for Jesse Puljujarvi. The trade is beneficial to both teams and helps them achieve what they want.
Oskar Sundqvist and Jordan Oesterle are traded to the New York Islanders for 5th round pick ’22.
The Islanders add some depth to the roster, while the Red Wings move clear players off the roster so they can play more useful players.
At the 2022 Draft, Detroit Red Wings trade picks 105 and 137 to the Chicago Blackhawks for pick 90.
The Red Wings also trade picks 201 and 212 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for pick 192.
129-Daniil O. Ivanov
The Detroit Red Wings started off the 2022 Draft by drafting Jonathan Lekkerimaki with the 8th overall pick. Jonathan Lekkerimaki is a pure goal scorer, who has torn up Sweden’s J20 ranks and even had solid success as a 17-year-old in the SHL. He had an impressive 20 goals and 35 points in 26 games playing for Djurgardens IF J20, then went on to put up 7 goals and 9 points in 26 SHL games. With Sweden at the U18 WJC, Lekkerimaki was a force, scoring 5 goals and 15 points in 6 games. Lekkerimaki makes his living with his shot and is extremely lethal with his one-timer on the powerplay. Due to his size and lack of physical strength, Jonathan can struggle at times in the defensive zone, but his offensive abilities suggest he can be a goal-scoring wizard at the next level.
Detroit had two second-round picks and they would select USHL star, Adam Ingram and big Czech Center, Matyas Sapovaliv. Adam Ingram is a dynamic offensive player, who has all the tools to be an impact forward at the NHL level. He is a natural goal scorer, with a great frame, and has NHL caliber release. The USHL is a tough league to rack up high point totals in, but he was able to put up 26 goals and 55 points in 54 games, which is over a point a game. Not only does he have a great toolbox, but he also has a high hockey IQ to go along with it, which
is always a good thing. As good an offensive player as Ingram is, he does struggle defensively, so if he can continue to improve on his defensive game, Ingram should be a top 6 caliber player at the NHL level. Matyas Sapovaliv is a big, 6’4″ center with strong two-way ability and great vision as a playmaker. Sapovaliv is excellent in the faceoff circle, reliable defensively and could even fit as a playmaking center on a non-contending team as soon as next season.
Even though there are concerns about his skating and offensive ceiling, he should thrive as a shutdown thrid line center and penalty killer at the NHL level.
The Red Wings drafted three defensemen in this draft: Artem Duda, Michael Mastrodomenico, and Daniil O Ivanov, all left defensemen. Artem Duda is a Russian defenseman who is having a tremendous season playing for Krasnaya Armiya Moskva in the MHL, where he had 14 goals and 41 points in 52 games this season. He also added 17 points in 17 playoff games as well. What makes Duda’s offensive game stand out is his shooting ability; He has an impressive shot, whether it’s a wrister, slap shot, or one-timer. It’s powerful, generally accurate, and most importantly, he can get the puck through traffic. Not only is Duda a good shooter, but he is a good passer and is tremendous in joining the rush in transition. As great as Duda is offensively, his defense is questionable, to say the least, which is an issue if he is playing defense. Because of Duda’s offensive abilities, he should have no issue being a good offensive defenseman at the NHL level. Michael Mastrodomenico is a defensive defenseman, with a good frame at 6’2/196, and is a Right Handed shot playing the left side. Mastrodomenico may not have high potential nor will he ever have offensive totals, but he doesn’t have many glaring weaknesses, as one of his major strengths is his decision-making and hockey sense. Mastrodomenico projects as a top 6 defenseman at the NHL level, he should be a regular contributor on the penalty kill as well. Daniil O. Ivanov is a big Russian defenseman, who currently plays for MHK Spartak Moskva in the MHL, where he had 30 points in 47 games. The first thing that is noticeable about Ivanov is his size, he is a hulking 6’4/209, which is a great size for an NHL defenseman, and as shown by his production this season, he has shown that he does have some offensive upside as well. Ivanov has the ceiling of a top 4 defenseman but is more likely to be a top 6 defenseman at the NHL level.
The Red Wings also drafted dynamic playmaker, Jordan Dumais in the third round, as well as German Left Winger, Julian Lutz, and Swedish forward Tim Almgren. Jordan Dumais may get overlooked due to his size, but he is a dynamic playmaker, with incredible vision and playmaking abilities. Dumais had a phenomenal season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL, where he had 39 goals, 70 assists, and 109 points in 68 games as well as 2 goals and 6 points in 5 playoff games. Not only is Dumais an extremely gifted playmaker, but he also has a relentless work ethic and excellent hockey sense, which helps make up for his lack of size. Dumais has the potential to be an offensive juggernaut at the NHL level. Julian Lutz was unlucky that he was injured during his draft year because the big German winger had a great season last season playing from the esteemed Red Bull Eishockey Akademie last season, putting up 26 points in 31 games in the Alps Hockey League. Lutz is super versatile and can play both center and wing; he is an extremely good skater, and he has good vision, which helps him put himself and his teammates in the best position to succeed. Lutz most likely will be a second line forward at best but that is excellent for a player drafted in the fifth round. Tim Almgren had a good season playing for Orebro J20, where he had 19 goals and 40 points in 44 games, as well as 3 goals and 6 points in 6 playoff games. Tim Almgren is a versatile forward, who has played all three forward positions at points in his junior career. Almgren has a good offensive toolbox, which consists of strong puck skills, good skating and playmaking ability, and goal-scoring touch. Being a smaller forward at 5’9 will discourage teams from drafting him,
but he should be an effective top 9 forward at the NHL level.
Detroit Red Wings re-sign the Following Players:
Jesse Puljujarvi-3yrs/3M per
Rasmus Sandin-2yrs/1.75M per
Jake Wallman-2yrs/800k per
All Non-Roster RFAs are Re-signed
Detroit Red Wings sign the Following players in Free Agency:
Ryan Strome-5yrs/6M per
Tyler Motte-3yrs/1.8M per
This is how the lineup looks like next season
2022-23 Detroit Red Wings
F: J.Lekkerimaki, A.Ingram, J.Berggren, M.Sapovaliv, J.Dumais, J.Lutz, T.Almgren
D: A.Johansson, E.Viro, A.Duda, M.Mastrodomenico, D.Ivanov