| … Detroit Currently Holds 26 Selections in Next Three NHL Entry Drafts … DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Vladislav Namestnikov.|
Namestnikov, 29, skated in 60 games with the Red Wings this season, recording 25 points (13-12-25), 34 penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. The 6-foot, 180-pound center was signed by the Red Wings prior to the 2020-21 season and recorded 42 points (21-21-42) and 58 penalty minutes in 113 appearances over the last two seasons with Detroit. Originally drafted in the first round (27th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Namestnikov has totaled 538 NHL games between the Lightning, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Red Wings, racking up 231 points (104-127-231) and 285 penalty minutes. He also skated in 134 American Hockey League games with the Syracuse Crunch, recording 104 points (40-64-104) and 84 penalty minutes and making the 2015 AHL All-Star Game. Prior to turning professional, Namestnikov posted 139 points (52-87-139), a plus-27 rating and 99 penalty minutes in 131 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, winning an OHL championship in 2012. Born in Zhukovskiy, Russia, Namestnikov has represented Russia at multiple international tournaments, most notably winning a bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship after picking up six points (3-3-6) in 10 games.
The Red Wings have now accumulated additional draft picks in each of the next three NHL Entry Drafts – 10 picks in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft and eight selections in the 2023 and 2024 NHL Entry Drafts.
| … Detroit Currently Holds 18 Selections in Next Two NHL Entry Drafts … DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired center Oskar Sundqvist, defenseman Jake Walman and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defensemen Nick Leddy and Luke Witkowski.|
Sundqvist, 27, has skated in 41 games with the Blues this season, recording 15 points (4-11-15), 12 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound center has appeared in 270 NHL games with the Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins since 2015-16, notching 87 points (36-51-87) and 96 penalty minutes. Sundqvist is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh (2016) and St. Louis (2019) and has logged 10 points (4-6-10) in 36 postseason games. He has also skated in 114 American Hockey League games with the San Antonio Rampage and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, recording 69 points (22-47-69) and 88 penalty minutes.
Originally drafted in the third round (81st overall) by the Penguins in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Sundqvist played three seasons with Skelleftea AIK in the Swedish Hockey League, amassing 36 points (16-20-36), 58 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating from 2012-15. He helped the club capture an SHL Championship in 2013-14 and a berth in the SHL Finals the following season prior to continuing his professional career in North America. The Boden, Sweden, native won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, potting two goals in seven appearances.
Walman, 26, has suited up in 32 games for the Blues this season, tallying six points (3-3-6), six penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. Walman made his NHL debut with the Blues during the 2019-20 season and has spent the last two years with St. Louis, totaling eight points (4-4-8) and 14 penalty minutes in 57 games. The Toronto, Ont., native turned pro following his junior season (2016-17) at Providence College and spent three seasons in the American Hockey League between the Chicago Wolves, Binghamton Devils and San Antonio Rampage. In all, he’s recorded 63 points (17-46-63) in 189 AHL games and chipped in three points (2-1-3) in eight playoff games during the 2016-17 season with the Wolves.
Originally drafted by the Blues in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Walman played three seasons at Providence College, recording 69 points (21-48-69) in 107 games. During his freshman season, he helped the Friars to the program’s first-ever NCAA National Championship and was named to the NCAA All-East Regional Team. He led all NCAA defensemen in goals (13), points per game (1.04), power-play goals (8) and game-winning goals (4) during his sophomore campaign and was named to the CCM All-American First Team and was a First Team Hockey East All Star during his sophomore and junior seasons, in addition to being named a Hobey Baker Nominee following his junior year. Prior to joining Providence, Walman had a decorated season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, recording 33 points (7-26-33) in 43 games en route to being named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
The Red Wings currently hold 18 selections in the next two NHL Entry Drafts. Detroit has its own pick in the first five rounds of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, in addition to an extra second-round pick (Washington), two additional selections in the fourth round (Colorado and Vegas) and one extra pick in the seventh round (Los Angeles). Detroit has all of its own picks through the first seven rounds of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, in addition to an extra second-round pick (St. Louis).
| … Detroit Currently Holds 10 Selections in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft … DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Troy Stecher.|
Stecher, 27, has appeared in 16 games for the Red Wings this season, recording two points (1-1-2), nine penalty minutes and averaging 15:08 time on ice. The blueliner missed four months due to an upper-body injury in November but returned to the Red Wings lineup on Feb. 12 and has skated in 10 games since returning from injury. Stecher was signed by the Red Wings prior to the 2020-21 season and posted 13 points (4-9-13) and 21 penalty minutes in 60 games over the last two seasons with Detroit. Before joining the Red Wings, Stecher spent four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling 75 points (11-64-75) and 124 penalty minutes in 286 games. A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Stecher spent three seasons at the University of North Dakota prior to turning pro, winning a National Championship his junior year (2015-16). Additionally, Stecher won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Championship and captured a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
The Red Wings have selected a league-high 31 players over the last three NHL Drafts – including 11 players in the first or second round – and currently have 10 picks for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Detroit has its own pick in the first five rounds, in addition to an extra second-round pick (Washington), two additional selections in the fourth round (Colorado and Vegas) and one extra pick in the seventh round (Los Angeles).