2010 NHL Draft Live: Detroit Selects Riley Sheahan 21st Overall

June 25th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill said he was looking for size, speed, and skill with their 21st pick, and he got what he wanted.

Detroit selected Notre Dame forward Riley Sheahan (6'2", 202 lbs.) based on several factors, both on and off the ice.

"He's a big strong kid, he's advanced physically, he's been a big scorer where he's come from," explained Nill.  "He's a character kid, he's going to Notre Dame, it's a good school, and he's got a good family background."

As promising as Sheahan is, Jim Nill said that, though he will participate in the Red Wings' prospect camp July 8-13, he likely won't see any time with the big club for a while.

"We'll be patient with him," said Nill.

Sheahan said that being selected by Detroit is a dream come true for him.

"It's unbelievable," said Sheahan, "these guys are one of the best teams in the NHL.  They've had some of the greatest players; Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk.  I'm really looking forward to getting this opportunity."

Sheahan said that, like all young hockey players, he's dreamed about being drafted into the NHL, but the reality that it has ...

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