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A Look At Moritz Seider

from Dave Hogg at NHL.com,

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman had seen some of the mock drafts but wasn't worried about anyone's opinion outside his scouting staff.

"He has excellent hockey sense, he's obviously a big kid at 6-foot-3, and we thought he was one of the best defensemen in the draft," Yzerman said. "We were picking at No. 6 and No. 35, and we didn't think he would be there at No. 35. We're excited to have him."

Seider only turned 18 in April, but he's spent a lot of time playing above his age group. He's played 47 games, including 14 in the postseason, for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga -- Germany's top league -- and represented Germany at the 2019 World Championship.

"I think playing at that level has helped me a lot, just seeing how those guys prepare every day at practice," he said. "We've got a lot of guys who have won a Stanley Cup in our league, so it is pretty competitive. I think that's a big advantage for my game."

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A Look At Detroit Prospect Antti Tuomisto

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It was somewhat of a surprise when the Detroit Red Wings used a second-round draft pick to select defenseman Antti Tuomisto last month.

Tuomisto, who was back home in Finland, had the same reaction.

“It was like ‘wow,’” Tuomisto said during the Red Wings development camp. “It was a great feeling.”

Tuomisto is a 6-foot-4, 194-pound offensive defenseman who posted 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in 45 games with Assat in the Finland junior league.

Some scouting services mentioned how Tuomisto wasn’t a player who was rated highly at the beginning of last season. But as the season progressed, Tuomisto’s ability to move the puck and make offensive plays shot him up the charts.

The Wings were eager to select Tuomisto with the first of their second-round picks (35th overall).

“I’ve liked this kid all year, for sure,” said Tyler Wright, the Wings’ director of amateur scouting. “We talk at length, and you watch the playoffs and see the size of these guys with St. Louis and Boston, it doesn’t mean they’re big and just big.

“This is a guy that’s 6-4, plays with a real bite to his game, but he’s a good player. He’s got good sense, he can find the middle of the ice.


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Will Mike Green Find His Form Again?

from Steve Ellis of The Hockey News,

For these five players, the challenge will be to find a way back to form. Some struggled with their overall performance, while others dealt with injuries that limited their playing time. Here are five players who need to rebound if they want to land in the money next July:

Mike Green, D, 33 (Detroit – $5.38 million)
Once the gold standard of offensive defensemen, Green has struggled to stay healthy and has played only one 82-game season, that back in 2007-08. He is still capable of putting up solid numbers, though. His 0.6 points-per-game average last season was his best since 2014-15 and would have seen him score 50 points had skated in all 82 games. Detroit desperately needs his help on defense, with the team looking weak on the right side without him. Green will have his modified no-trade clause kick in on Feb. 1 and he could be a prime trade deadline candidate, but he can’t afford another long stint on the injured reserve if he wants to have significant bargaining power next summer.

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Your Opening Night Roster & A Look At Taro Hirose

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Here are projections for the Oct. 5 opening night lineup.


Pair 2: Patrik Nemeth and Filip Hronek

Nemeth was signed for his sound defensive style. He could be a good partner either for Hronek or Green, and however it shakes out, it gives the Wings a right-shot and a left-shot on their top two pairings.

Pair 3: Trevor Daley/Jonathan Ericsson and Dennis Cholowski

Given their injury history, it seems doubtful both Daley and Ericsson make it through preseason. Cholowski, 21, logged 52 games last season before his defensive lapses (he was a team-worst minus-20) earned him a learning stint in the minors. He played 25 games with the Griffins, producing 12 assists and an even rating. Playing him on the third pairing (instead of last season’s baptism as a top-pairing guy, a result of injuries to veteran defensemen) should ease Cholowski’s growing pains.


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Is Steve Yzerman The Face Of Detroit Sports?

from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,

The recent departures of Evan Longoria and Gerald McCoy and Nikita Kucherov’s recent crowning as the NHL’s MVP got the folks in the Tampa Bay Times Sports department wondering: Who is the face of Tampa Bay sports now?

I think it’s Steven Stamkos, and it’s probably not close.

But what about the other U.S. sports markets our size, with at least three franchises in North America’s traditional four major-league sports? This is not a scientific list. We did not check Q ratings, sneaker sales or endorsement deals. This is not a comprehensive list. We did not call experts or monitor Google trends.

This may not even be a smart list. But we’re hoping it’s a fun, quick and (barely) informative list of the faces of sports in other markets with at least three of the major professional sports leagues....


Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown and back-to-back MVP awards will forever earn him a place in Detroit lore, but his career has been fading for several years. Now that Steve Yzerman is back in Hockeytown USA as the Red Wings general manager and all-around savior, we bow to his Detroit popularity.

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Video- Talking Detroit’s Draft

via the Wings' YouTube channel,

Join John Keating, Ken Kal, Art Regner and Ken Daniels as they break down the Red Wings’ 2019 NHL Draft paling with special guest: Steve Yzerman.


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Video- Talking With Steve Yzerman

John Keating and Ken Daniels talk with Steve Yzerman.

Watch the 5 1/2 minute below.

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How Did The Wings Do?

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Let’s take a look at the teams that look to have gotten better and worse — and some of who look to be a little bit of both — in the NHL offseason thus far:

Mixed bag

Detroit Red Wings: GM Steve Yzerman wasn’t going to make a high-profile signing just for the sake of making one. Forward Valtteri Filppula, defenseman Patrik Nemeth and goaltender Calvin Pickard addressed needs in the organization. What hurts the Wings these days is the continued strength of the Atlantic Division. It’s not going to be easy to move upward anytime soon.

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Taro Hirose Plays A Smart Game

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Taro Hirose considers himself like a sponge.

The former Michigan State forward, who signed with the Red Wings in March as an undrafted free agent, was a pleasant surprise, collecting seven points (one goal, six assists) in 10 games.

One reason for Hirose’s early NHL success is his desire to absorb knowledge from veteran teammates.

“I’m trying to be a student of the game, and watch what the best players in the world are doing,” said Hirose last week during the Wings’ development camp. “Being able to pick their brains, guys on the team, and see what they’re seeing on plays and seeing things that maybe I don’t see, I’m trying to learn all the time.

“That’s a big part for me.”...

His success the final weeks of the season was somewhat of a surprise, given he’s only listed at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, and Hirose isn’t the fastest skater around.

But Hirose has utilized his hockey smarts to the best of his ability, consistently making plays and finding the best places to be on the ice.

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from Scott Burnside of The Athletic,

...here’s a look at where teams stand now in relation to where they finished the season and what it all might mean for next season.

Detroit Red Wings: C

In: Steve Yzerman (GM), Moritz Seider, Patrik Nemeth, Valtteri Filppula, Calvin Pickard

Out: Thomas Vanek, Niklas Kronwall (likely), Luke Witkowski

It’s unlikely Moritz Seider, the sixth pick in the draft, will be in Red Wing red come the fall, but he’s notable because new GM Steve Yzerman passed up on some high-end offensive talent to take the German defender. The pick suggests there aren’t going to be any quick fixes for the Red Wings, who have now missed the playoffs in three straight years. I like the add of Patrik Nemeth on a two-year deal with a $3 million cap hit. Nemeth, 27, brings some size and stability to the back end where there remains a bit of an aging logjam with veteran pieces like Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley and Mike Green still under contract for the coming season. Their future with the team remains fluid especially as we get closer to the trade deadline next season when the Wings are expected once again to be sellers. Repatriating Valtteri Filppula should be a boon to the bevy of emerging young forwards on the Red Wing roster, although at age 35 he certainly won’t make this squad any faster and shouldn’t be counted on much for offensive production.

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