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Red Wings seek best available player in 1st pick

DETROIT (AP) - Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he's not expecting much any time soon from the team's first-round pick.

Detroit has the 24th pick overall Friday in the NHL draft.

Holland says the prospect probably won't be able to help the Red Wings for three to five years. He says the team will take the best available player whether he's a goaltender, defenseman or forward.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl, drafted 19th overall in 2005, got his first extended shot to play in Detroit last season. Defenseman Brendan Smith, taken 27th overall in 2007, might get his first chance to play for the Red Wings next season.

The Edmonton Oilers have the No. 1 pick and might take 18-year-old center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.