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Notes From Traverse City

from Dana Wakiki of DetroitRedWings.com,

There are still some things to be determined before the Wings decide who will play Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first preseason game.

"The challenge for guys like (Joe) Veleno and (Filip) Zadina is they already played four in five nights at the Prospect Tournament," Blashill said. "I've talked to Steve (Yzerman) about this -- is it beneficial for them to have an extra day off? I'm going to look at that as soon as I get back."

Although it's a bit of a hike from Detroit, Blashill said coming up to Traverse City every year is always a great experience.

"I think I prefer it, our guys prefer it. We like coming up here," Blashill said. "There's multiple reasons. One, you get to come up here, you're kind of away for a little bit. Your guys get to play some golf. It's beautiful up here. It's a little getaway. It's not super long. It's great. Traverse City's a beautiful spot in the world.

"Me personally, both my sister and my parents live here. I definitely like coming up here. Just from an aspect of team, it's really worked well. People up here are great. You also get to hit a whole of Western Michigan and Northern Michigan that you don't get to hit on an everyday basis in Metro Detroit."

Being away from home, the players and coaches also get to focus on hockey, which led to a successful camp.

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How Did Camp Go For Some Of The Young Detroit Players?

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...let’s take a look at the some developments from the past few days here in Traverse City, which remains a fine spot to get hockey underway.


Can defenseman Moritz Seider make the jump from playing hockey in Germany to the NHL?

It’s not likely to happen immediately. But it might not take nearly as long as maybe originally thought.

You see North American 18-year-olds who’ve played against stronger competition than Seider has struggle to simply adjust to the minor pro leagues here, never mind the NHL.

It will be intriguing to watch Seider these next two weeks against NHL competition getting ready for this season.

Seider’s approach to the game, his demeanor, and size and talent, are beyond most 18-year-olds. That should serve him well in the years ahead.

You have to think Seider is best served by playing, at least for a while, in Grand Rapids and getting acclimated to North American pro hockey.

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added 3:04pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Video- Training Camp In Traverse City Is Over Today

I will add more videos to this post if they become available.

added 1:31pm, Below, over six minutes with Jeff Blashill.


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Wings Want Filip Zadina To Go To The Net

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was a sequence during Sunday’s Red-White game when Frans Nielsen drove to the net and slipped a pass to Filip Zadina, who tried to stuff the puck around the goal post.

That’s where the Detroit Red Wings want Zadina to be: in a rectangular area around the net, roughly from hashmark to hashmark and hashmark to goal line, where the Wings say an estimated 40% of NHL goals are scored.

It’s the same message the Wings stressed to Anthony Mantha a couple years ago: find ways to be around the net and the goals will start piling up....

“Probably it’s going to be my game — go more to the net and I’ll be more productive,” Zadina said Sunday. “There are some places around the net where you can score more goals than the other, so if I will be there more, I will probably get more goals.”...

“The secret is learning how to earn your own confidence through the work you put in, and being mentally tough enough when your place slips a little bit that you know it’s going to come back,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “But that comes back to putting the work in and having that true self confidence where you know you have the skill set to succeed and you know you’ve put the work in to succeed.”


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Jeff Blashill After Today’s Scrimmage

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Kaski, the MVP of the Finnish league signed as a free agent, hopes his offensive ability earns him a job on defense. Blashill said the 6-1, 190-pound right-handed shooter will get power play time in the preseason.

“One of the things that can really separate him is his offensive ability,” Blashill said. “He can really pass; he can really shoot. He’s got to learn to move his feet a little more consistently defensively.

“If you one-time pucks, you have a way better chance of scoring than if you stop and shoot it. I’m really intrigued with his skill-set. Now he’s got to show he can defend on a regular basis.”...

Filip Larsson, the organization’s top goaltending prospect, stopped all nine shots he faced in 25 minutes before allowing the shootout goals....

“He’s got to stay healthy. That’s been something he hasn’t done,” Blashill said of Larsson. “Then he’s going to see a high, high level of shooter in the American Hockey League that he’s got to prove that on a consistent basis he can stop in that high 90-92 (miles per hour) range. But he looks like a good goalie so far.”


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Video- This Is Filip Zadina


added 4:40pm, below  watch Zadina and Blashill after today's scrimmage.

added 4:56pm, Below over 9 minutes of Blashill.

added 5:02pm, Watch below five minutes with Ken Daniels.

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Minor Transactions Today By Detroit

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released forwards Mathieu Bizier, Thomas Casey, Cody Morgan, Owen Robinson and Chad Yetman, defensemen Marc-Olivier Duquette and Owen Lalonde and goaltenders Anthony Popovich and Sean Romeo from their amateur tryouts.

The Red Wings currently have 58 players on their training camp roster: 32 forwards, 20 defensemen and six goaltenders. Detroit will hold one more day of training camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., on Monday, Sept. 16 before opening up a nine-game preseason slate against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.

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Live Stream- Red & White Showdown

via the Detroit Red Wings' YouTube page,

The Detroit Red Wings wrap up training camp with our annual Red & White Showdown at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, MI.

Watch the stream below, it is scheduled to start at 11:30am.

added 11:34am, roster for the game is below, Larkin and Green not playing.

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Early Encouraging Signs From The Detroit Prospects

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Steve Yzerman joked it was one of his better quotes.

He is at his first training camp as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, 36 years after his first one as a top prospect. On June 8, 1983, when the Wings drafted Yzerman at fourth overall, he was asked about making the team and replied: "They’re rebuilding. I think I have a chance.”

It’s an answer that resonates today as Yzerman now sits as the judge of an organization that numbers several top prospects on the verge of joining the rebuild anchored by Dylan Larkin.

In the coming weeks, Yzerman will see which of his young players have a chance to make the Wings roster.

Forward Joe Veleno is a speedy playmaker with a nice release on his shot. Forward Filip Zadina is a shifty scorer. Defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Oliwer Kaski both have a knack for making offensive plays. Forward Taro Hirose has a high hockey IQ. For a team that needs an influx of young players in order to regain competitiveness, that’s encouraging.


added 8:39am, The Wings are tired of losing.

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Impressed By Moritz Seider

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

He impressed that night when he went to the Wings’ suite and easily conversed with Yzerman and coach Jeff Blashill while also serving as translator for his parents, who don’t speak much English.

“He’s a very mature person for sure,” Blashill said. “You can tell he’s comfortable in his own skin. Those are the guys that have true self-confidence. He carries himself with a moxie. He’s got a leadership pied-piper to him where guys the same age want to follow him around. He’s got lots of real good qualities. I think he’s a real good prospect.”

The team is eager to see how Seider fares during exhibition season. When team personnel scouted him in May at the IIHF world championship, he played a conservative game. Is that what they’ll see when he goes up against NHL veterans? Or will they also see his aggressive side?


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