How else to explain that the NHL’s most successful franchise over the past 11 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings, has traded away more draft picks (13) in deadline deals than any other team.

Or that the three teams that have acquired the most picks since 1997 – the year the Wings began a run of four Cups over a decade – are perennial playoff outsiders: the L.A. Kings (12), Chicago Blackhawks (12), Florida Panthers (9) and Phoenix Coyotes (9).

1999March 23Detroit acquired defenseman Ulf Samuelsson from the NY Rangers for Detroit’s 2nd-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (Rangers selected center David Inman) and 3rd-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (Rangers selected goaltender Johan Asplund).

27- Washington traded Robert Lang to Detroit for Tomas Fleischmann, a 1st round pick in 2004 (Mike Green) and a 4th round pick in 2006 (Luke Lynes).

March 23, 1999: Traded to Detroit by Chicago for Anders Eriksson and Detroit’s 1st round choices in 1999 (Steve McCarthy) and 2001 (Adam Munro) Entry Drafts, March 23, 1999.

1999-Chris Chelios

23 Steve McCarthy (Defence) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Chicago Blackhawks Kootenay Ice (WHL)

2001-Chris Chelios

29. Adam Munro (Goaltender) Canada Chicago Blackhawks Erie Otters (OHL)


June 30, 2001 Buffalo Sabres traded Dominik Hasek to the Detroit Red Wings for Vyacheslav Kozlov, a 1st round selection (later traded to Columbus, later traded to Atlanta – Atlanta selected Jim Slater) in 2002 and future considerations.
Jim Slater (forward) Flag of the United States.svg United States Atlanta Thrashers Michigan State University

2003- Mathieu Schneider and a 2nd round pick in 2004

27 Jeff Tambellini (Left wing) Canada Los Angeles Kings
(from Detroit Red Wings)
University of Michigan (NCAA)

2004-Robert Lang

29 Mike Green (Defense) † Canada Washington Capitals Saskatoon Blades (WHL)


Carter Ashton Canada RW Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit)7 Lethbridge Hurricanes

In 2006, they dealt the 29th overall pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for picks 41 and 47, which they used to select forwards Cory Emmerton and Shawn Matthias. Emmerton plays for Grand Rapids (AHL), while Matthias was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2007 as part of the Todd Bertuzzi deal.


Carter Ashton Canada RW Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit)7 Lethbridge Hurricanes
32 Landon Ferraro Canada C Detroit Red Wings (from Tampa Bay)1 Red Deer Rebels Western Hockey League
Andrej Nestrasil Czech Republic C/RW Detroit Red Wings (from Florida via Tampa Bay)9 Victoriaville Tigres Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

3rd 2009

1st 2007-08

1st 2006-07

1st 2005-06


3rd 2002-03

1st 2001-02

2nd 2000-01

2nd 1999-00

7th 1998-99

3rd in 1997-98


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