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Top 5 Detroit Red Wings’ Draft Picks

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Top 5 Detroit Red Wings’ Draft Picks
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Henrik Zetterberg, center, was drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Red Wings in 1999.

COMMENTARY | The 2013 NHL Draft is on Sunday, June 30, and teams will be looking to make the picks to help shape the future of their franchise.

Making the playoffs for 22 straight seasons means the Detroit Red Wings don't get a lot of high draft picks.

However during the years, the Red Wings still have been able to compete with solid, late-round picks.

Pavel Datsyuk -- 1998 draft: sixth round, 171st overall

Arguably the biggest steal in the history of the Red Wings, 170 players were chosen in the 1998 draft before Pavel Datsyuk.

Datsyuk has 767 points in 779 games played, has won two Stanley Cups -- including winning his first in his rookie season -- and is a three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner for being voted the best defensive forward.

He recently signed a three-year extension with the Red Wings that will keep him in Hockeytown through the 2016-17 season.

Henrik Zetterberg -- 1999 draft: seventh round, 210th overall

As if picking Datysuk in the sixth round wasn't good enough for the Red Wings, the very next year they came back and picked Henrik Zetterberg in the seventh round.

He has 672 points in 714 games, one Stanley Cup and one Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) to his name.

Zetterberg finished his first season as captain last year, led his team to a second-round playoff berth and kept the streak of consecutive playoff appearances alive.

Steve Yzerman -- 1983 draft: first round, fourth overall

While Steve Yzerman is the only player on this list selected in the first round, he certainly lived up to his pick. He was one of the first pieces the Red Wings needed in order to end a 42-year Stanley Cup drought in Detroit.

Known around the Red Wings as "The Captain," Yzerman had 1,755 points in 1,514 games, served as captain of the Red Wings for 20 seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

He hasn't had as much success as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he'll always be one of the best captains to ever play the game.

Sergei Fedorov -- 1989 draft: fourth round, 74th overall

The only player on this list to have not played his entire career in Detroit, Sergei Fedorov had 1,179 points in 1,248 games played between the Red Wings, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals.

He won the Hart Trophy in his fourth year in the league, was a two-time winner of the Selke Trophy and also won the Lester B. Pearson Trophy for being selected as the NHL's most outstanding player by the members of the NHL Player's Association.

He was one-fifth of the Russian Five with Slava Kozlov, Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov that helped the Red Wings win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1997 and '98. Konstantinov, however, did not play in the 1997-98 season as he suffered a brain injury after the 1996-97 season.

Nicklas Lidstrom -- 1989 draft: third round, 53rd overall

That's right, the Red Wings not only got Fedorov, but also got Nicklas Lidstrom in the 1989 draft.

Lidstrom is the definition of perfection. He made the game look so easy as he won four Stanley Cups and seven James Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman.

Lidstrom took over as captain of the Red Wings in the 2006-07 season when Yzerman retired. He became the first European-born captain to win a Stanley Cup in 2008, and retired after the 2011-12 season with 1,142 points in 1,564 games.

Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Red Wings for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can find Tom on Twitter @tom_mitsos.

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