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The Battles Are About To Begin

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are many certainties up front. You have Dylan Larkin centering Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha, which was such an effective line in the final weeks of the regular season.

It will be interesting to see how those three players progress this season, and whether they can maintain and grow on the progress they showed last season.

Andreas Athanasiou had a 30-goal season and should build on that. Athanasiou must come close to that number again, because goal-scoring once again could be an issue with this roster.

Veterans Frans Nielsen, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Adam Erne, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and Jacob de la Rose appear to have spots nailed down, with Taro Hirose close to having one. Hirose must show the same level of offensive skill as he did in the final weeks, but needs to have a similar exhibition season.

That leaves one, maybe two, other forward positions available.

Christoffer Ehn, Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen and Evgeny Svechnikov are players who will be closely monitored.

more, plus the defense and goaltending

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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings’ website,

It may just be a game between the Red Wings prospects and the Maple Leafs prospects, but regardless of the circumstances, when the Wings and Leafs compete on the ice, a battle royale always ensues.

And Monday’s game in Traverse City at Centre Ice Arena is no exception.

If the Red Wings can defeat the Maple Leafs in regulation, they will win the Howe Division and play in Tuesday’s Prospects Tournament championship game against the winner of the Lindsay Division.

It would be the second straight year the Wings would be in the championship contest.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/09/19 at 04:42 PM ET

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Veterans Frans Nielsen, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Adam Erne, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and Jacob de la Rose appear to have spots nailed down, with Taro Hirose close to having one.

Svech, Ras, Zadina, Ehn,  will be closely monitored.  Sevch, Ras and maybe Zadina have to go to GR, IMO Stupid Ted Kuflan has left out Veleno (who should go to GR).  As of today is arguably the top prospect playing Traverse right now. I enjoy the Fan’s opinions but this clown gets paid for what he does. (And there are more)

This sure doesn’t look like a rebuilding team.  Every player will have to earn a spot,—Stevie Y

As a fan I will just have to see what the Starting Roster Looks like.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/09/19 at 05:02 PM ET

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I enjoy the Fan’s opinions but this clown gets paid for what he does. (And there are more)

All the more reason to support The Athletic. I appreciate the effort Ted, Helene and Khan put in, but they’re just not good.

Posted by MZ2215 on 09/10/19 at 06:48 AM ET

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Hirose must show the same level of offensive skill as he did in the final weeks, but needs to have a similar exhibition season.

So, no proofreaders, eh?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/10/19 at 08:50 AM ET

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