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Another Mock Draft

from NHL.com,

NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage make their predictions for how the first 15 selections of the 2020 NHL Draft could turn out.

4. Detroit Red Wings

Kimelman -- Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa (OHL): Rossi plays bigger than his size (5-9, 183) with a feistiness and competitive level reminiscent of Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux. Rossi led all CHL players with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games. He willingly goes to the net to produce offense, and his high hockey IQ makes him a solid two-way player who can kill penalties.

Morreale -- Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL): Drysdale might be the best defenseman available in the draft. The 5-11, 175-pound right-handed shot is capable of driving play with his skating and elite hockey sense.

Lepage -- Rossi: The 18-year-old may give up a few inches to his opponents but still dominated this season. He would be a key addition to the Red Wings' rebuilding effort at forward. 

14 more teams...

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Wings Sign Robby Fabbri To A Two-Year Contract Extension

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed forward Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension.

Fabbri, 24, was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 6, 2019 in exchange for center Jacob de la Rose and logged 31 points (14-17-31) and 18 penalty minutes in 17:16 average ice time over 52 games for Detroit. He notched six multi-point games since the acquisition, including a two-goal game in his Red Wings debut on Nov. 8 to become the seventh player in franchise history to score twice in his team debut and the second over the last 34 years. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Fabbri has recorded 104 points (46-58-104) and 78 penalty minutes in 216 NHL games between St. Louis and Detroit since entering the league. Fabbri ranked seventh on the Blues in points as a rookie in 2015-16, accumulating 37 points (18-19-37) in 72 regular-season games and tying for the team lead in postseason scoring with 15 points (4-11-15) in 20 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Limited to 83 games over the next three seasons due to injury - including missing the entire 2017-18 campaign - Fabbri was a member of the Blues' 2019 Stanley Cup championship run, contributing six points (2-4-6) in 32 regular-season games and adding a goal over his 10 playoff appearances that spring.

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A Mistake By Not Drafting Quinn Hughes?

I just paid $3.00 to read Ted Kulfan for 3 months then it is $9.99 per moth after that. (I'll decide then.)

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Wings fans, or at least a growing segment of them watching these playoffs, are seeing it and not happy Hughes isn’t part of the Wings’ organization.

Certainly the Wings had plenty of chances to watch him as he played two seasons at Michigan and before that, two years at the Plymouth Township-based U.S. National Team Development Program.

In fact, Jeff Blashill coached Hughes at two men’s world championships (2018-19) and roomed Hughes with Dylan Larkin, where the two became friends.

Before the Wings faced Vancouver this season, Blashill spoke about Hughes' improvement and his passion for hockey.

“Some of the things that maybe he wasn’t great at throughout that season going into the draft, he had already shown improvement in. Like his shot, for example,” said Blashill. “When I watched him on the ice, I saw a guy that could shoot a puck and his technique was excellent. As his strength improved his shot was going to get way better.

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Out Of Respect For Vartan Kupelian

Some of you may remember the name of Vartan Kupelian, once a beat writer for the Wings.  He passed away today at the age of 73. (We shared the same Armenian background and we discussed just that about 10 years ago when I introduced myself to him at a local event.)

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday, where we comb the THN archives to bring you something from our past.

This week in honor of Joe Louis Arena closing this weekend, a look back at when they said goodbye to their previous home -- the Detroit Olympia.

'Olympia provided untold thrills, memories'

Janary 4, 1980

By Vartan Kupelian

Ah, the memories of Olympia…

Tony Leswick came over the boards for his first overtime shift and seconds later at 4:29 scored the winning goal in Detroit’s 2-1 Stanley Cup clinching victory over Montreal.

“I just came on the ice,” said Touch Tony, reliving the moment. “The puck rebounded off the boards behind the goal – the boards of Olympia, they were always so lively – and out to the blueline. I just moved in and let it go from about 30 feet. That was it. Next thing you know, I’m mauled by the players.”

The date was April 16, 1954.

There are so many memories of Olympia, now the “former” home of the Red Wings. The Wings will debut in their new home, the 19,500-seat Joe Louis, on Dec. 27 against the St. Louis Blues.

“It was a thrill the first time I ever saw the building, even to see the marquis, when I first came in for training camp in 1937,” said Black Jack Stewart, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who played for the Red Wings in the 1930s and 1940s.


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Depth Chart For The Organization

Max Bultman of The Athletic with some serious work...

...a full organizational depth chart at all six positions, with analysis for each player, 2019-20 stats and a refresher on contract status. It includes all players under contract for next season plus restricted free agents whose rights the Red Wings still hold, so there are some players listed below who may not (or even are not expected to) return next season. Those instances will be noted in the analysis section.

I’ll preface all of this by saying this is not a ranking of talent or potential. The order players are listed is meant to reflect a rough approximation at how they fit into the NHL and AHL lineups at present, but the order itself is less important than the accompanying analysis. And of course, a lot can change with one trade or free-agent signing this fall.


Dylan Larkin
Valtteri Filppula
Luke Glendening
Frans Nielsen
Christoffer Ehn
Michael Rasmussen
Joe Veleno
Dominic Turgeon
Chase Pearson

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A Look At Prospect Jack Adams And Gustav Lindstrom Heads To Sweden

Dana Wakiji of the Wings's website takes a look at prospect Jack Adams,

... Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Adams was faced with a new challenge. While the start of the hockey season is an unknown at this point, Adams has been cleared to do everything and will be ready when health experts deem it is safe to play....

"I spent time with Jack (before the pandemic). I flew into Boston to see Seth Barton play and a couple other games. I got a hold of Jack, he was training that day so I went down there and watched him train. One thing about Jack, he's got an incredible attitude. He's almost a guy you gotta worry about doing too much, overtraining. To his credit, he's organized his own training there, he's found skating coaches with our guidance. He's doing everything he possibly can to get himself back from this injury. He wants to have a big year next year in college. I'm hoping he does because he's put in a tremendous amount of work rehabbing this. I know his summer's going to be no different. I think he's going to come back and be a beast next year. I'm looking forward to seeing him play." -- Shawn Horcoff, director of player development and assistant director of player personnel, speaking in late March.



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Video- It’s Another Mock Draft

Sam Cosentino & Jeff Marek of Sportsnet talk mock draft.  Detroit talk starts at the 10 minute mark and Cole Perfetti's name is mentioned.


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Options For The Wings In The 2nd Round Of The NHL Draft

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are 10 potential picks for the Red Wings at No. 32, based on prospect rankings from various outlets:

Justin Barron, D, 6-2, 195, Halifax (QMJHL)

GP: 34 G: 4 A: 15 PT: 19

A decent-sized, good-skating, right-shooting defenseman. NHL Central Scouting said of Barron: “Strong forward and backward strides, solid puck retrievals. Moves the puck well while finding the right options under pressure. Great mobility with good gap control. Pivots and angles opponents well. Plays a physical game.”

Jacob Perreault, RW, 5-11, 192, Sarnia (OHL)

GP: 57 G: 39 A: 31 PT: 70

The son of former NHL player Yanic Perreault scored 30 goals as a 16-year-old in the OHL in 2018-19 and tallied 15 more points his second season. Central Scouting described Perreault as a strong skater with great balance and a natural goal-scorer. “Hard accurate shot with a release that jumps quickly off his stick. A dangerous shooter who can score from multiple areas of the ice. An intelligent player that puts himself in good positions to get scoring chances.”

8 more names...

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It’s Mock Draft Time

Corey Pronman of The Athletic (paid) with a mock draft today...

4. Detroit Red Wings: Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw-OHL

The draft starts to get interesting and more wide-open starting with Detroit’s pick. I’ve heard Lucas Raymond mentioned with the Red Wings, but a fair amount of sources seem to think the team likes Cole Perfetti a lot. His elite skill and hockey IQ with average feet and size has a lot of resemblance to Brayden Point, who Detroit GM Steve Yzerman picked during his tenure in Tampa Bay.

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Everett Fitzhugh’s Road To The NHL

from Mark Falkner of the Detroit News,

Detroit native Everett Fitzhugh can't wait for the expansion Seattle Kraken to play the Detroit Red Wings for the first time at Little Caesars Arena in the 2021-22 season.

Fitzhugh, who was named the first Black NHL team broadcaster by the Kraken last week, said "that game isn't even on the schedule yet and I've already got about 20 ticket requests."

A hockey trailblazer at the age of 31, Fitzhugh said the game in Detroit will be a tribute to his family, especially his mother, who adopted him on her own and raised him to believe in his dreams.

"I definitely will be shedding some tears before my first NHL game in Detroit, back home," Fitzhugh said.

Fitzhugh grew up as an only child on the northwest side of the city at Eight Mile and Meyers and attended Tappan Middle School and Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor before starting his hockey broadcasting career an hour away at Bowling Green University in Ohio.


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