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Wings make best of draft's Day 2

Monday, 06.25.2007 / 1:31 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings make best of draft\'s Day 2
The Red Wings wrapped up the second of two days at this year's NHL draft on Saturday -- held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus -- by adding three centers and another defenseman to their talent pool.

With their second selection -- the No. 88 pick in the third round -- the Red Wings took Joakim Andersson, a 6-foot-2 center from Sweden. Anderson, who collected 46 points in 41 games for Vastra Frolunda, was widely considered to be a first-round pick.

One scouting report called Andersson a "physical two-way center that is strong on the draw." Some draft experts had Andersson rated to go as high as late in the first-round. "He plays a simple game and is strong in all three zones," the scouting report said. "Enjoys the physical aspect of the game, is good at creating room for his teammates. Protects the puck well when driving to the net. Is a good all around decision maker, showing good playmaking abilities as well as leadership qualities. Needs to work on his skating and mobility."

The Red Wings used their final three picks to grab three Canadian players, including two centers -- Randy Cameron (No. 148, fifth round) and Zack Torquato (No. 178, sixth round).

Cameron (5-11, 172), of Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, is a solid all-around forward that can play either center or right wing. Cameron played for Moncton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He scored 17 goals with 22 assists in 70 games last season.

Torquato (6-0, 195), of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, was rated No. 61 among North American players by the NHL Central Scouting Service. He played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, finishing with the Erie Otters, where he scored 20 goals with 26 assists in 43 games. He began his OHL career in Saginaw, compiling 29 goals and 31 assists in 87 games.

In the seventh and final round, the Red Wings took Bryan Rufenach, who played in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League.

A standout defenseman for the Lindsay Muskies, Rufenach (5-11, 184) was named Rookie of the Year in the East Division, leading the team in scoring with 11 goals and 21 assists in 31 games. Rufenach will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York in the fall.

On the school's Web site, Clarkson coach George Roll called Rufenach, "the kind of offensive-defenseman that we have been trying to get here for quite some time. He will be a young defenseman in the ECAC, but in time he should be very good. Brian will provide a spark to our power play and we look for him to join the rush offensively."

In Friday's first-round, the Red Wings selected St. Michael's defenseman Brendan Smith with the No. 27 overall pick. Smith plans to attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall.

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