Photo Credit: Lethbridge Hurricanes/Erica Perreaux

Detroit Red Wings draft defenceman Alex Cotton in fifth round

The Detroit Red Wings continued their busy ways Wednesday by trading one of their fifth-round picks before drafting defenceman Alex Cotton from the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Detroit traded the 125th overall pick to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2022 4th round pick.

The Red Wings also held the 132nd overall pick which they used to select Cotton. A 6’2, 183 lb. defenceman, Cotton scored 20 goals and 67 points in 63 WHL games last year. He took on a larger role with the Hurricanes than the prior year, his first full season in the WHL.

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Here’s a scouting report from draftsite.com.

Second year eligible late bloomer who has grown his game in the last year by leaps and bounds, and has to be considered as one of the top 12-14 defenseman in this class at this time. Displays strong puck skills that will allow him run him to QB his future team’s power play. Confidently skates through traffic with excellent footwork, and plays an active game in all three zones with no letdown or miscues. Very adapt at shutting down attackers with his shadowing skills. The idea about him not havng good feet is ridiculous. His final year point production was more than a point per game and he has a good sized frame to build on.

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