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The general manager of Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman, discussed his readiness for the draft NHL and more. Filmed June 13, 2019 in Detroit.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

The location containing Detroit The Red Mings met the mother mode and IKEA now lives there, so the events of that summer day in 1989.

The NHL held its annual draft entry on June 17 that year, at Met Center in Bloomington, Minn. Quebec Nordiques Mats Sundin made the first Swede who drafted the first NHL history.

The Wings made their first pick at the 11th. Jimmy Devellano was the general manager, and Neil Smith, the lead scout and Christer Rockstrom were expected in Europe. Together they drafted 14 players who would go on to log 5,995 NHL games. No NHL team ever had a better draft.

Mike Sillinger was the first choice round. He finished 1,000 games in his NHL career, but it only lasted 129 games with the Wings before it was traded with Anaheim. In Roudn 2, 32th overall, the Wings chose the defense man Bob Boughner. He had never played a game for them, but he had more than 600 NHL games.

The picks made history, the ones that boosted the Wings into the Cup dynasty Stanley, occurred in Yards 3, 4 and 11, when they chose, respectively, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov.

Sergei Fedorov (91) and Nicklas Lidstrom (5) celebrate a goal scored against the Sharks in the playoffs, May 23, 1995. (Photo: Julian H. Gonzalez, Detroit Free Press)

Lidstrom and Fedorov would like to go on to become the first Hockey Hall of Fame inductors, and there could also be Konstantinov if his career was not short cut.

Four players who drafted the Wings promoted 1,000 games (Dallas Drake, a 116-year-old build, completed and finished his career in Detroit).

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The main draft of its history was demolished at the Wing in December 1994, after losing its NHL resident team, the North Stars to Dallas in 1993. The American Mall was a parking car until 2004, when shop opened on the west side of the property. It is possible to buy many fine Swedish exports, but the model chosen by the Wings in 1989 was a kind.

Nicklas Lidstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom. (Photo: Andrew Weber, SAM TODAY Sports)

Drafted: 53rd overall.

Trivia: Eighteen defendants were selected before Lidstrom. Adam Bennett, who was drafted in the sixth overall by Chicago Blackhawks, played 69 games in the NHL.

How the picking took place: Devellano did not see Lidstrom, so he settled on Smith and Rockstrom before he took the option. “Nick informed me that a young boy was a fluid skater, he had a great sense of hockey and knew how to play the game,” Devellano said in an interview in 2015.

How did he put it out: t Lidstrom came before him from native Sweden in 1991 and stayed for 20 seasons.

Bigger: Lidstrom, Fedorov reflects on their Hall of Fame careers in 2015

Wingspan: Lidstrom retired in 2012 after 1,142 production points in 1,564 games, all of them with the Wings, and all playing against the opponent's best face. He just lost 42 games and had a dozen of those in his last season. The Wings never lost the reaction and Lidstrom was on the team. He was awarded the Norris Trophy as the best guy of the league seven times and won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008, and was the first European winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs' most valuable player in 2002. D & He served as captain from 2006 until retirement. Induction in the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov skates by Joe Louis Arena on April 3, 1997. (Photo: Mary Schroeder, Special to the Free Press)

Drafted: 74th overall.

Trivia: Pavel Bure was considered to be the highest Russian.

How the picking took place: The Wings were better known. Immediately after the draft, Devellano said that the Wing had received "the best player in the world."

How did he put it out: t Fedorov entered the Wings in 1990 after being contaminated and his Russian team, CSKA Moscow, in Portland, Oregon, for a pre-Goodwill Games game. He left in 2003 after 13 seasons to have gone playing 908 game, creating 400 goals and 554 aid. He was in charge of the Wings with 163 playoff point since 1990-2003.

Wingspan: The Hart Memorial Trophy (the most valuable player), Selke Trophy (best defense) and Lester B. Pearson (best chosen by players; the second was completed in the NHL with 120). point, 10 points behind Wayne Gretzky, Fedorov was part of the five Russian people (together with Igor Larionov, Viacheslav Kozlov, Slava Fetisov and Konstantinov.) He was a very strong skater, and Scotty Bowman used it. Fedorov Cups won in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He left after the 2002-03 season to play for Anaheim, who decided to defend him goodwill with an organization and fans of The wing was restored after being installed in the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Vladimir Konstantinov

Vladimir Konstantinov on April 11, 1997. (Photo: Mary Schroeder, Detroit Free Press)

Drafted: 221 in total.

Trivia: He captained the National Soviet team who was disqualified after meeting the Team Canada at the 1987 Junior World Championships.

How the picking took place: Captured fluke of Konstantinov eye Smith, and chose the second Soviet Wing to draft.

How did he put it out: t Konstantinov started with the Wings in 1991 and played 446 matches over six seasons, plus 82 playoff games.

It must be read: Russian Five: How did Konstantinov complete cancer to join in Red Wings

Wingspan: Konstantinov came to be a best man with fans and his energetic highlights and pesky play. He took home the NHL plus / minus award in 1995-96 with a plus-60 rating. Brian Leetch was runner-up with the Norris Trophy in 1997. Six days after the Stanley Stanley Cup wins, on 13 June, Konstantinov was riding home from a party in a limousine along with teammate Slava Fetisov and a masseur team Sergei Mnatsakanov. The driver broke the vehicle into a tree on the median of Woodward Avenue. Konstantinov hurt career ended injuries. Using a walker, Konstantinov attended many Wings games ago, and especially in the early days after his accident, he was shown on the Jumbotron by Joe Louis Arena, and sent loudspeakers to the song played like his playing days in Detroit, “Bad to the bone. ”

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