The players in the NHL seemingly keep getting bigger and stronger every year.

The small, skilled player can still star, but size is becoming a valuable and needed commodity.

With that in mind, the Red Wings will be on the lookout Sunday for big, skilled bodies during the NHL entry daft in Newark’s Prudential Center.

“You look at the scrums on the ice, and they’re all big guys out there,” said Joe McDonnell, the Red Wings director of amateur scouting. “It’s the way the game is evolving. There’s room for the smaller guy. But players are getting bigger.”

McDonnell is replacing Jim Nill, who left to become general manager of the Dallas Stars. It was Nill who ran the Red Wings draft table for 20 years, and he was instrumental in the organization finding the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson, among others, deep in the draft.

McDonnell will be running his first draft table Sunday, but don’t expect his philosophy to change much from Nill’s.

“We were thinking alike for the past 18 years; it was uncanny,” McDonnell said. “I wouldn’t expect any real change. The only change will be seeing Jim sitting at the Dallas table.”

The Red Wings are picking 18th in the first round and should be able to find a player who can contribute soon.