With the 21st pick in the 2010 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft, our Detroit Red Wings bloggers at Winging It In Motown select...
Riley Sheahan, Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA)
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Much has been made about a team with a deep talent pool taking a flyer on the highly skilled, but oft-troubled, Kirill Kabanov, but Sheahan is a classic Red Wings pick. No, he's not a defenseman (of the last nine first round draft picks made by the Wings, 8 have been defensemen), but he is a collegiate player, giving him and the team the entire duration of his eligibility -- rather than the usual two years -- to make a decision about signing him to a pro contract. Knowing the Red Wings' penchant for allowing prospects to over-ripen, someone with three years left at Notre Dame could be an attractive commodity.
The next pick belongs to the Phoenix Coyotes.