With the 197th overall selection and the final pick for the Wings in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Wings have selected C/LW Mattias Elfström.
The 19-year-old 6’3″ Swede has spent some time in the SuperElit and even a brief stint with the big club the Malmö Redhawks of the SHL. Last season he put up 31 points in 43 games, a big improvement over his 5 points in 32 games the year before. He’s got size, seems to be finding a scoring touch, and the extra year of development before getting drafted certainly doesn’t hurt. Another longterm pick and only the second forward selected by the Wings this year, we’ll be keeping an eye on this kid overseas and praying for maybe another Zetterberg-style 7th round miracle.
Regardless, another consistent and stable pick for a Wings team who played this one relatively safe.