The Detroit Red Wings held 11 selections at the 2023 NHL Entry Draft; this past Thursday. Red Wings' GM Steve Yzerman was no short of picks amidst the early rounds of Day 2. The team started off strong by selecting goaltender, Trey Augustine (USNTDP) with the 41st overall selection, followed by defensemen Andrew Gibson (OHL) with the 42nd overall selection. While not long after, Yzerman selected another defensemen, this time by the name of Brady Cleveland."With the 47th selection of the 2023 NHL Draft the Detroit Red Wings are proud to select Brady Cleveland, a defensemen from the US National Team Development Program".
Cleveland is a player that already possess NHL size, and strength as a junior player. Standing at 6-foot-5, the d-man was considered one of the most physically gifted prospects of the entire draft.
This is a player who plays a very straight forward, rugged game. He is your atypical defensive defenseman that understands his role really well. The Wisconsin native played out his draft year with the USNTDP. Cleveland did not factor in much offensively with just six points in 55 games, although he did lead his team with 106 penalty minutes.
The Red Wings pick is expected to make a return to his home state to play for the University of Wisconsin this upcoming season. Mind you, Cleveland also has the option to play in the OHL next year; he was selected in seventh-round of the OHL Priority Draft by Sudbury.
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