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Questions For Helene St. James

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answered some questions from a few readers,

The first question is in regards to Andreas Athansiou.

It was a pretty damming indictment when, at locker clean-out day on April 10, head coach Jeff Blashill spoke about what he’d said to Athanasiou at their year-end meeting: “My message to AA was as a coach you have to know what you’re getting every single shift and the growth in him is going to be to learn to work and compete every shift. If I’m guessing whether or not he’s going to work and compete, it’s hard to keep putting him out there because I don’t know what I’m getting. So that consistency level and work ethic and compete is going to be critical for AA.”

Now, learning to be consistent is a common theme among young players who have a skill level that allowed them to dominate at lower levels of hockey, only to find out how much harder it is to stand out regularly in the NHL. Athanasiou has the potential to be a big part of the rebuild, either as an in-house scorer or trade bait, but first he’ll have to put up better numbers. 

more on prospects....

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Still Alive At The World Championship

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings will be well-represented in the quarterfinals of the World Championship Thursday.

The United States, with Dylan Larkin and Nick Jensen, faces the Czech Republic, with Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak in Herning, Denmark (10:15 a.m. ET, NHL Network)....

Sweden, with the Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist, plays Latvia (2:15 a.m. ET) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nyquist has three goals and one assist, along with 18 shots and a plus-3 rating while averaging 16:20 in ice time. 


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Steve Yzerman On The Russians

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

It should come as little surprise that some of the Lightning’s cornerstones are Russians, with All-Star winger Kucherov and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Last summer, Yzerman traded former No. 3 pick Jonathan Drouin for another Russian, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. If the Lightning advance from this Eastern Conference final against the Capitals and win the Stanley Cup, it’ll be largely due to their impact

Yzerman saw past the perceptions, the misconceptions. He understood the people. He appreciated the talent.

“I learned the players from (Russia), they come from a very different culture than we do,” Yzerman told The Athletic. “How situations are handled are different. How they were treated are different. Right or wrong.

much more (paid subscription) which is basically about Steve Yzerman on the Russian players he drafted and the ones he played with...

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Prospect Evan Bouchard On Playing For The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The projections vary, but many of these NHL Entry Draft projections have London Knights defenseman Evan Bouchard going sixth overall in the first round to the Red Wings....

Bouchard was always a fan of Joe Louis Arena.

“It would be very exciting to become a Red Wing,” said Bouchard, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-shot defenseman who had a familiarity with the Wings’ former rink. “I’ve been to a few games at Joe Louis Arena. When I was younger I was able to skate on it (on the ice).

“It was obviously special.”

Bouchard is generally considered a lock to be a top-10 selection in June’s draft — something that was no sure thing entering the season.

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Mike Babcock On Filip Hronek

Mike Babcock in a very rough Google tranlastion from iSport.cz regarding Filip Hronek.

You watched the Czech Republic and France, and Pastrňák also took part in it and Krejčí , who withdrew you from Boston.

"Good players, but they are already assigned. But I noticed one very good beak. It's Detroit. Hronek ? He played on the farm, but I think he can play in the NHL. When you look around and watch these games, some good tips will get you out of it. And I always liked young players. Raise them, perfect them, build on them. It always paid off. That's what I'm trying to do. Staying in the picture and discovering. "

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Wings Need To Focus On The Defense

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With four picks in the first two rounds of next month’s NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings will likely concentrate on defense, whenever possible.

“I would anticipate some of those four picks, and three third-round (picks), some of those picks will be used on defense,” Holland said.

How vital a deep and talented defense is to any NHL team was shown last summer during the expansion process as the Vegas Golden Knights were entering the league.

Holland noted how teams that possessed depth on defense worked side deals with Vegas in hopes of retaining defensive depth.

“In the end of the day most of them paid a price in order to hang onto their defense,” Holland said. “Defensemen are coveted in this league, and those defensemen (elite top-pairing) that can play in the league, a defenseman that can make a difference, we have to draft and develop them.”


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Draft Preparation

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings had their amateur scouting meetings last week. There was much debate. Wright indicated they're still formulating their list.

"I don't think it was a unanimous decision going into these meetings," Wright said. "To be honest with you, the decision hasn't been made. We don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out who's taking who. We're trying to identify where we want to go and make sure we have those guys in order....

"You got some really good puck-moving defensemen, you got some smaller offensive dynamic (defensemen), you got some big, powerful wingers, you got some skilled wingers," Wright said. "Up the middle it might not be as deep as in previous years. With that said, there's still good players.

"I think the industry has identified some separation with certain players. Going into last year's draft it was a little harder to evaluate because you could have gone either way and there's guys that emerged late."


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Video- Anthony Mantha’s 24 Goals This Season

via the YouTube page of awood40.


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A Three Point Day For Dylan Larkin

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin scored a goal and added two assists Sunday to help the United States defeat Norway 9-3 at the World Championship in Herning, Denmark.

The U.S. has won all six of its games (4-2-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L), good for 16 points and first place in Group B. The Americans conclude pool play Tuesday against Finland (6:15 a.m. ET, NHL Network).

Larkin had three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in 16:23. He has three goals and five assists in six games.

continue for a bit more...

Larkin is in the top 10 of scoring at the World Championship.

added 2:47pm, Game highlights of today win can be watched below.

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Frans Nielsen At Home

from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com,

A decade ago, Detroit Red Wings center Frans Nielsen couldn't have imagined standing on the blue line of a sheet of ice in his hometown singing "Der Er Et Yndigt Land," Denmark's national anthem, with nearly 11,000 hockey fans.

Even five years ago, he admits, would have been a bit of a stretch.

"Not a few years back, no," Nielsen said after singing alongside 10,800 fellow Danes to celebrate a 3-0 victory against Norway on Friday. "It's been exciting. It's been fun. The whole city has backed us up here. It's been incredible.

"All we've hoped for."


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