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Video- Givani Smith Feels He Could Play In The NHL

via WXYZ's YouTube page,

Red Wings prospect Givani Smith thinks he belongs in NHL this season. He spoke with reporters, including WXYZ's Brad Galli, at Red Wings youth camp on Monday, July 15

 

 

added 4:45pm, Brad Galli spoke with Dennis Cholowski too, watch below.

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Video- Ted Lindsay On The Death Threat He And Gordie Howe Received

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Experts Review The Wings’ Summer

from Greg Levinsky of the Detroit Free Press,

In Steve Yzerman's first summer as general manager, the Detroit Red Wings surprised by drafting Moritz Seider sixth overall, then in free agency added Patrik Nemeth, Calvin Pickard and Valtteri Filppula.

Here's what experts have said about the moves:

Moritz Seider

What they're saying: "Steve Yzerman's first draft as Red Wings GM went relative well for a guy who was armed with double-digit picks at his disposal. Overall, he could have done better, but he also picked up a half-dozen quality prospects with legitimate potential for NHL success. Although his weekend began with his surprising selection of big-bodied puck mover Mortiz Seider at sixth overall, Yzerman went on to overdraft another physical presence in Finnish blueliner Antti Tuomisto (35th)." — Sporting News' Steve Kournianos

"Still, you can’t help but wonder: could the Red Wings have traded down in the draft and still gotten their guy in Seider? Sometimes, it’s not just about judging the quality of draft selections, but also “reading the room” and managing assets properly. At this very moment in time, the Red Wings opened themselves up to a ton of questions." — NBCSports' James O'Brien

Patrik Nemeth

What they're saying: "Patrik Nemeth is a nice addition to the blue line at two years and $3 million AAV." — ESPN's Greg Wyshynski

"The 27-year-old gives the Red Wings a big body (6-3, 219 pounds) who defends well and kills penalties. He is slated to play on the left side with a right-handed offensive defenseman, either Mike Green or Filip Hronek." — NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika

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Past Drafts

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The success or failure of the draft class won't be known for some time — it  generally takes at least two years to judge a draft — but we do have the benefit of hindsight when looking at the Wings' best and worst selections from 2008-17:...

The Misses
1. G Tom McCollum

Age: 29.

Drafted: 30th, 2008

He played three NHL games with the Wings. Meanwhile. at 93rd in that draft, the Washington Capitals drafted Braden Holtby, their franchise goalie and a Stanley Cup champion.

2. F Tomas Jurco, D Xavier Ouellet, D Ryan Sproul
Ages: 26; 25; 26.

Drafted: 35th, 2011; 48th, 2011; 55th, 2011

None are in the organization anymore and all spent last season in the AHL. They’re grouped together because they were drafted ahead of Nikita Kucherov (58th, Lightning). Kucherov is the leading scorer (462 points) from this draft class and the Wings had three shots at him in the second round and whiffed.

3. F Riley Sheahan
Age: 27.

Drafted: 21st, 2010.

Sheahan carved out a serviceable NHL career (149 points, 447 games), but he pales against the first-round picks the Wings could have landed: Evgeny Kuznetsov (26th, Washington) has 337 points in 416 games. Brock Nelson (30th, Islanders) has 124 goals among 241 points in 480 games; Charlie Coyle (28th, San Jose) has 248 points in 500 games....

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Moritz Seider Signs Three-Year Entry-Level Contract

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Moritz Seider to a three-year entry-level contract.

Seider, 18, was Detroit’s first-round selection (sixth overall) at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 21-22. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound defenseman went on to skate in the Red Wings’ Development Camp from June 25-29 at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena. Seider spent the 2018-19 season with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsch Eishockey Liga, playing professionally in Germany’s highest league as a 17-year-old en route to winning the league’s Rookie of the Year award. In 29 games with the club, Seider logged six points (2-4-6), a plus-two rating and eight penalty minutes, which marked the second-highest scoring season ever for an under-18 defenseman in the DEL. He also appeared in all 14 postseason games for Mannheim as the team won the DEL championship, contributing five assists.

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A Look At The Atlantic Division

Back in action.

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

With most of the summertime moves completed (except possibly in Buffalo, where there’s potential for a Rasmus Ristolainen blockbuster), The Athletic’s writers in the Atlantic Division have put together their 2019-20 roster projections. Using them as a template, we’ll look at where each team ranks on a line-by-line, pair-by-pair basis....

To rank the lines and pairings, we used the player ratings from Corsica Hockey. Each skater’s rating is based on his contributions offensively, defensively, at even strength and on special teams. The scores for the lines and pairings are determined by adding the players’ ratings together.

First line
Boston: Marchand–Bergeron–Pastrnak (253.9)
Tampa Bay: Ondrej Palat–Brayden Point–Nikita Kucherov (242.2)
Florida: Jonathan Huberdeau–Sasha Barkov–Evgenii Dadonov (241.7)
Detroit: Tyler Bertuzzi–Dylan Larkin–Anthony Mantha (236.8)

Detroit's 2nd and 3rd line are ranked 7th in the division and the 4th line is at the bottom of the list.

On defense, the 1st pair of DeKeyser and Hronek are 7th.  The 2nd pair is 6th while the 3rd duo is 5th.

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Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on the changed in scouting for the Wings (Thursday),

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Time To Relax A Bit

In case you don't visit the KK Hockey section, it is break time for me.

Feel free to post anything worthwhile related to the Wings in the comment section.

If big news breaks on the Wings, I will pull myself out of the hammock and post.

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Video- Recapping Henrik Zetterberg’s Career

awood40 on his YouTube page with highlights of Henrik Zetterberg's first 4 NHL seasons.

Watch the almost 1 hour video below.

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Someone Is Doing Some Deep Digging

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Information On The Wings’ Prospect Tournament And Training Camp

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the team will return to Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., to host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp, as well as the 21st Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.

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