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Questions Before Detroit’s Camp Opens

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With practices about to begin, here are 10 key questions for the Wings in training camp and the exhibition season.

Will Zadina make opening night roster?
Filip Zadina’s uneven performance in Grand Rapids only solidified the notion how difficult it is to jump from junior hockey to the NHL.

There is a path for the 2018 first-rounder to make the Red Wings, but he’ll have to demonstrate through the exhibition season he’s ready to play at an NHL caliber at both ends of the rink, and show more quickness than he did last year.

If Zadina can’t solidify a spot playing on the top two lines with the Wings, it would make more sense to keep Zadina in Grand Rapids.

Will Veleno make a run toward NHL job?
Joe Veleno had an eye-opening exhibition season with the Wings last year, and was outstanding for the Wings in the Prospects Camp. With seven goals in the four-game camp, Veleno displayed the ability to finish opportunities around the net.

Veleno projects as a prolific two-way center for the Wings and optimism around him is growing.

With Larkin, Frans Nielsen and Valtteri Filppula likely the top three centers, Veleno is probably headed for Grand Rapids for more pro seasoning.

But Veleno could force the Wings into a tough decision.

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