Detroit Red Wings at #164: Reilly Webb
The Detroit Red Wings selected Hamilton Bulldogs’ Reilly Webb in the 6th round of the 2017 NHL Draft with the #164th overall pick. Thanks to his laundry list of unfortunate injuries, it was unlikely that Webb was going to be selected (although The Hamilton Spectator’s Teri Pecoskie was a believer). Detroit is making a calculated risk by protecting a player who has seriously untapped potential.
I mentioned Webb in my Midseason Draft Update, but honestly I wasn’t optimistic about the potential to hear is name called today. In her article, Teri mentions that Bulldogs GM Steve Staios was optimistic that the day would be a win for the Stoney Creek native.
“He’s intriguing…certainly when he came back, he made a seamless transition into our lineup and played very well for us. I think everyone was impressed.” – Steve Staios
Webb slotted into the 6th defensive spot alongside Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Candella (#141, 2016). The pair complemented each other well, as they’re both heavy, mobile, two-way forwards. Candella struggled throughout the season, but played his most reliable hockey alongside Webb, and that might be what really appealed to scouts.
Hamilton will have a very deep roster next season with three over-agers, three 19 year olds, and developing youth with McCourt and potentially King coming in as rookies. Staios will need to balance his deep roster and potential to make a run deep into the playoffs next season along with finding an increase in ice time for this young defender.
Average Rating: 1.78
Best: Peter Bondra, Brian Campbell, Andrei Markov, James Wisniewski
Ranked 7 or better: 5.0%
Ranked 5 or worse: 92.0%
At least 100 NHL games (or extremely likely): 15.0%
I’m willing to bet that Webb sees at least 50 NHL games. This has the potential to be a huge value pick down the road.
Feature Image: Barry Gray / The Hamilton Spectator