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Many thought the Detroit Red Wings would go defense in the first round of the NHL's draft on Friday night in Dallas.

That was before Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno were at six and 30, respectively. And from there, the Red Wings had a successful draft that not many predicted in terms of players.

After making 10 picks and one trade in the 2018 NHL draft, here's how league analysts graded the Red Wings' haul,

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The ESPN reporters chopped up the draft into to categories: winners and losers. The Red Wings came out on the winners side: "Detroit is embarking on a total makeover, and GM Ken Holland, who has been on a roll since the deadline after bringing in a haul for Tomas Tatar Apparently, reports of Holland's demise have been greatly exaggerated. "

Benjamin took a more traditional approach, handing out grades to all 31 teams. He assessed the Wings' haul as at A-minus effort: "They should not have been transpired this weekend." Even if you just look at the first round, they probably landed the second-best goal-scorer at No. 6 Joseph Veleno at No. 30. "

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Jonatan Berggren , Jared McIsaac and Ryan O'Reilly on Drafted by Red Wings in 2018 NHL Dallas on June 23.
     Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

Schlager ranked the Red Wings as a "winner" in his post-draft winners and losers: "In some respects, Red Wings general manager holland is managing his job this summer.Half's Day 1 haul makes him the biggest winner in the first round Zadina, the Czech winger Considered by many to be the best pure scorer in the 2018 class, slipped past the Canadiens, Senators and Coyotes and into Detroit's lap at No. 6.

"Passing on Michigan product Quinn Hughes must have been a difficult decision for the defense-starved Wings, but Zadina may have been the one player worth doing so. Joe Veleno, the sixth-ranked prospect on Sporting News' big board, which is available at no. 30 after a first-round free fall. That's value. "

Silverman gave the Wings to A for their Pick of Zadina at No. 6:" Zadina has the potential to fill the net with his terrific shot of his ability to go to the front. Solid on both ends of the ice. Jonathan Berggren and defenseman Jared McIsaac "

Steele went a little higher than his B / R colleague, giving the wings at A-plus for their 10-player class:" The Detroit Red Wings were in the top five, so they ended up getting a forward in the windfall. "

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Detroit Red Wings directors of Scouting Hakan Andersson and Tyler Wright talk about the team's 2018 Dallas on June 23.
     Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press