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Making Sure You Are Ready For The Prospect Tournament

Here is the prospect tournament schedule for the Wings and all games will be streamed on DetroitRedWings.com and their social media channels.

Hopefully an embed code will be made available, allowing me to post them on A2Y.

The Red Wings prospects take on the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Sept. 16th at 7:00pm, the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Sept. 18th at 7:00pm. and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, Sept. 19th at 6:00pm.

I normally do not pay much attention to these game but this year will be different with a handful of players trying to impress the brass with their play.

If you missed the earlier release from the Wings, below find some tidbits and the roster.

The Red Wings roster is highlighted by three recent first-round picks: center Joe Veleno (30th overall, 2018), who made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 2020-21 and scored his first NHL goal on May 7 at Columbus after spending a majority of the season with the Swedish Hockey League’s Malmo Redhawks, where he tallied 20 points (11-9-20) in 46 games; right wing Lucas Raymond (4th overall, 2020), who is beginning his first professional season in North America in 2021-22 after finishing second in the SHL among players aged 19-or-younger with 18 points (6-12-18) in 34 games with Frolunda, while tying for the team lead at the IIHF World Junior Championship with five points (2-3-5) in five games for Sweden; and goaltender Sebastian Cossa (15th overall, 2021), who authored one of the most dominant seasons in Western Hockey League history with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2020-21, posting a 17-1-1 record, 1.57 goals-against average, 0.941 save percentage and four shutouts in 19 games.

Other roster notables include left wing Jonatan Berggren (33rd overall, 2018), who tied for sixth in SHL scoring and became the 13th player in league history to rack up 40-or-more points in a season at age 20-or-younger and a trio of defensemen looking to begin their first full professional seasons after all getting abbreviated stints in the American Hockey League in 2020-21: Jared McIsaac (36th overall, 2018), Donovan Sebrango (63rd overall, 2020) and recent Red Wings free agent addition Wyatt Newpower, who skated in 24 games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters.

Fifteen of the 23 players on the roster are former Red Wings draft picks, with the three first-round picks in addition to three second-round picks, two third-round selections, one fourth-round pick, three fifth-round choices, two six-round picks and a seventh-round pick. The drafted prospects range in age from two 18-year olds chosen at the most recent 2021 NHL Entry Draft (Cossa and sixth-rounder Pasquale Zito) to 24-year-old Chase Pearson, a 2015 fifth-round pick who returns to the tournament after finishing third on the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins with 22 points (8-14-22) in 28 games last season.

Over the tournament’s history, 697 players have moved on to play in at least one NHL game, including 18 who played for the Red Wings in 2020-21: Tyler Bertuzzi, Alex Biega (Buffalo), Dennis Cholowski, Robby Fabbri (St. Louis), Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm, Taro Hirose, Filip Hronek, Dylan Larkin, Gustav Lindstrom, Anthony Mantha, Patrik Nemeth (Dallas), Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith, Marc Staal (NY Rangers), Evgeny Svechnikov, Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina.


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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that Landmark level sponsor Meijer will serve as the club’s new Helmet Entitlement Partner. The Michigan-based grocer will have its brand marks prominently appearing on Detroit’s home, away and practice helmets beginning with this week’s NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City.

As part of Meijer’s recently extended partnership, a decal will be positioned on the left and right sides of the helmet, which will be worn for home and away games, as well as practices throughout this season and further Meijer branding will continue to be featured at Little Caesars Arena. In honor of the new helmet partnership, the first 10,000 fans to enter Little Caesars Arena for the Saturday, Dec. 18 game against the New Jersey Devils will receive a Holiday ornament that is a replica of the Red Wings helmet with the Meijer logo featured.

“We’re thankful to our friends at Meijer for their recently expanded partnership, and for a company with such deep-rooted Michigan ties to be featured on the classic Red Wings helmets,” said Peter Kent, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “We look forward to furthering our community-based partnership with Meijer for many years to come.”

Meijer also serves as the presenting sponsor of the Little Wings Learn to Play program, a curriculum for children aged 5-8 that includes six sessions of on-ice instruction and a full set of hockey equipment for an affordable cost. In addition, Meijer also sponsors the Detroit Red Wings Street Hockey Summer Tour, a series of free clinics for kids ages 7-12 traditionally held in Meijer parking lots across the state of Michigan.

The Red Wings will donate $200 to Meijer’s Simply Give program for every goal scored during the 2021-22 season. Simply Give has helped local food pantries keep their shelves stocked since November 2008, and has generated more than $65 million thanks to the continued generosity and support of Meijer customers, team members and food pantry partners who are committed to helping feed hungry families.

The Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and Meijer will also once again participate in the Hometown Holiday Assist program, supporting Detroit families and local non-profit organizations in need during the holiday season.

“We’re very pleased to broaden our partnership with the Detroit Red Wings,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Partnerships & Giving for Meijer. “Our longstanding relationship with the Red Wings continues to grow because we share the important vision of leveraging our collective efforts to support and enrich local communities. We’re very glad this opportunity became available to us.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/15/21 at 10:11 AM ET

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Tyler Bertuzzi in a commercial for Meijer and the logo.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/15/21 at 10:23 AM ET

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Tyler Bertuzzi in a commercial for Meijer and the logo.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area

Looks like Tyler’s having Tyson chicken wraps for dinner and Purple Cow ice cream for dessert. I’m glad he got floss for afterwards, but does he even have enough teeth left to use floss?  grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/15/21 at 02:44 PM ET


pathetic..the boards were bad enough, now defacing the uniforms..

Posted by rickytarr on 09/15/21 at 09:15 PM ET

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The Red Wings will donate $200 to Meijer’s Simply Give program for every goal scored during the 2021-22 season.

Well, I hope the Wings set the NHL record for most goals scored as a team in both the regular season (446 by the 83-84 Slicks) and the playoffs (44 by the 84-85 Slicks).

Yes, I’m being optimistic.  So what.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/15/21 at 11:28 PM ET

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