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Detroit Red Wings center in on forwards on Day 2 of NHL draft

Detroit — The Red Wings had a need for high-end forward prospects, particularly centers where there wasn’t much depth organizationally.

They went about fixing it at Montreal’s Bell Centre during the NHL Entry Draft.

After selecting center Marco Kasper in the first round on Thursday, the Wings began the second day of the draft by grabbing a pair of forwards, Dylan James and Dmitri Buchelnikov, in the second round on Friday.

The Wings selected five forwards who are primarily centers to add some pieces. Now, it’s a matter of being patient and seeing if some of them — any of the draft picks, actually — can graduate someday to the NHL.

“That’s the way it is,” general manager Steve Yzerman said of maintaining patience. “We’re starting to see kids from the 2019 draft coming to North America and slowly seeing them go through the system and trickle onto our team. They’re 17 and 18 (years old) and they’re going back to their junior or college teams or European pro leagues. Hopefully one or two of them can progress to the NHL.”

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