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Steve Yzerman Stays Quiet During Zoom Call With Cole Perfetti

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

During the NHL's Zoom calls in lieu of the annual combine, Yzerman kept his screen dark and his microphone on mute. Kris Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting, led the questioning.

“I’ve met a couple times with the Detroit Red Wings over the break,” Perfetti said Thursday afternoon via Zoom. “With Mr. Yzerman, it’s been limited. He’s been on all the calls, but for the most part he’s had his camera off and very quiet, just kind of listening and taking notes. He didn’t really ask anything.

“I just tried to be myself, show my personality, and hopefully he enjoyed that and got a lot out of that. I hope I made a good impression.”

Perfetti comes across as personable and professional, and his hockey prowess has him ranked No. 5 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Perfetti lit up the Ontario Hockey League in 2019-20, recording 37 goals and 74 assists in 61 games with the Saginaw Spirit. He played both wing and center, though he said he prefers center because he feels he makes more of an impact in the middle.

Parrying a question about his size — he’s listed as 5-foot-10, 185 pounds — Perfetti noted that “the way the game is going, you have to be a quicker player and think the game at a very high level. That suits me very well. That’s what makes me the player I am.”

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Would You Be Happy With Goaltender Yaroslav Askarov At #4?

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Steve Yzerman Will Be Looking To Collect Assets

Frank Seravalli of TSN put the 31 NHL teams in categories and lists the Wings in the 'THE EASY LIVIN’ BUCKET'.

Expect GM Steve Yzerman to use his cap space potentially as an escape ramp for troubled teams as he continues to collect assets in the Red Wings’ rebuild.

much more on all the teams plus the TSN Trade Bait Board.

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Prospect Rankings Continue

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Today, a look at Nos. 6 through 10.

7. Jared McIsaac, defenseman

Height/weight: 6-1/192

Drafted: Second round 2018 (No. 36)

2019-20 club: Halifax and Moncton (QMJHL)

2019-20 stats: 28 GP, 4 G, 15 A, 19 PT, 46 PM

The Red Wings hope McIsaac will take a big develop step while on loan to Finnish club HPK, after being limited to 28 games last season following shoulder surgery. The plan is to have the first-year pro finish the season in Grand Rapids if there is an AHL season. He is a two-way defenseman who moves the puck well, competes hard, plays physical and can play in all situations.

6. Evgeny Svechnikov, right wing

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Mock Draft In Ted Kulfan’s Eyes

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There’s still plenty of time for trades (and there will likely be many of them), and teams might prefer someone else as they get closer to Oct. 6.

But this is how The Detroit News sees the first round unfolding in our mock draft 1.0.

2. Los Angeles Kings: Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL). Byfield joins a deep Kings’ prospect pool and could someday replace Kings’ star center Anze Kopitar.

3. Ottawa Senators: Tim Stutzle, LW, Mannheim (Germany). Stutzle could arguably be ready for the NHL quicker, and some scouts like him better than Byfield.

4. Detroit Red Wings: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL). The Wings need help everywhere — literally every position. With a puck-moving defenseman so important these days, Drysdale can’t be passed on.

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Would You Like To See The Wings Sign Jacob Markstrom?

added 10:51am, below, watch a highlight package of Markstrom from this season.

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More Rankings Of Detroit’s Prospects

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Today, a look at Nos. 11 through 15.

12. Filip Larsson, goaltender

Height/weight: 6-2/195

Drafted: Sixth round 2016 (No. 167)

2019-20 club: Grand Rapids (AHL)/Toledo (ECHL)

2019-20 stats: Grand Rapids 7 GP, 2-5-0, 4.01 GAA, .843 save percentage; Toledo 10 GP, 4-6-0, 2.72 GAA, .910 save percentage.

Touted as the franchise’s potential goalie of the future following outstanding seasons in the USHL (Tri-City) and college (Denver), Larsson’s pro initiation was rough. He struggled with the Griffins before being demoted to Toledo. He fared better in the ECHL, but the season showed how difficult a transition goalies can have from juniors/college to the pros. It will take some time to develop him, which is not unexpected. He is on loan to Swedish club Almtuna due to the pandemic.

11. Robert Mastrosimone, left wing

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Still No Decision On Early Training Camp For The Wings And Other Teams

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The seven teams that didn’t take part in the post-season, including Detroit, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, New Jersey and Buffalo, have all appealed to the league to at least be allowed to have a longer training camp than the other 24 teams that took part in the post-season.

The word amongst league executives is the initiative is being led by Anaheim GM Bob Murray and he’s been the one dealing with the NHL head office about the possibility. All seven teams have made it clear they feel it’s important because of the length of time between games for their players.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly indicated in an email Monday afternoon that teams like the Senators, Wings, Kings, Sharks, Ducks, Devils and Sabres could be granted a longer camp if the NHL Players’ Association agrees to it.

“Yes, we have been talking with the union about giving the seven clubs additional days of mandatory training camp period prior to the opening of the main camp,” Daly wrote to Postmedia from Edmonton. “Timing would be tied entirely to the opening of training camp so remains uncertain.”

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Ranking The Players In Detroit’s Organization

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

This week, MLive ranks the organization’s top 20 prospects.

To be considered a prospect, a player must meet one or more of these criteria: not assured of an NHL roster spot in 2020-21, exempt from waivers, 20 or fewer NHL games, under age 25.

Today, a look at Nos. 16 through 20.

20. Chase Pearson, center

Height/weight: 6-2/200

Drafted: Fifth round 2015 (No. 140)

2019-20 club: Grand Rapids (AHL)

2019-20 stats: 59 GP, 8 G, 14 A, 22 PT, 17 PM

The Red Wings hope Pearson develops into a fourth-line NHL center who can check, provide energy, kill penalties and be hard to play against. He has been in the organization’s development pipeline for five years, described as a trustworthy player who was learning to bring intensity on a nightly basis.

19. Keith Petruzzelli, goaltender

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Buyout Window Opens On Friday

from Luke Fox of Sportnet,

While owners were not in favour of easing their executives’ jobs with a round of compliance buyouts — those get-out-of-jail-free cards handed out after the 2013 lockout — the traditional buyout window is right around the corner.

GMs are permitted to buy out contracts of their untradables beginning Sept. 25 — with ownership’s blessing, of course. That first buyout window shuts on Oct. 8.

Here is a breakdown of 14 players who might be considered for a buyout, and the pros and cons of pulling the trigger on arguably the most uncomfortable tool at a GM’s disposal.

Justin Abdelkader, three years at a $4.25-million cap hit

Because the rebuilding Red Wings are in no rush to spend to the cap and assemble an immediate contender, and because they’ll also have a bunch of expensive contracts coming off the books this summer (Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley), they can still absorb overpaid veterans like Abdelkader and Frans Nielsen (two more years at a $5.25-million hit) with ease.

Here’s the question: Does Steve Yzerman still want a 36-year-old Abdelkader taking up cap space in 2023? Or is it worth keeping some good pros around to groom the next wave?

It’s easy to look at Abdelkader’s 2019-20 numbers — zero goals, three assists, minus-14 rating — and start dreading another three declining years of overpaying a depth winger.

There could be sentiment at play here, with Abdelkader being a loyal, career-long Wing and a respected leader.

But remember this: Yzerman once bought out local hero Vincent Lecavalier when he served as Tampa’s GM.

A more modest but effective move might be buying out veteran Darren Helm, who is due $3.85 million for one more year.

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