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Younger Draper eager to follow in dad's footsteps with Red Wings

Detroit — There was a real chance this was going to happen, and Kris Draper wanted to make sure it was the right and correct piece of business.

Just before the second day of the NHL Entry Draft on Oct. 7, some names of possible picks were thrown around and one in particular was familiar.

Kienan Draper, the son of former Wings star and current director of amateur scouting.

“As you start talking about these players, I want to hear our area scouts start talking about names, and Kienan’s name came up,” Kris Draper said after the draft ended.