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Shawn Horcoff On The Prospects

from Brett McWethy of the Wings website,

During his appearance on the Red & White Authority, Horcoff weighed in on several of the Red Wings' young players and prospects. He also confirmed that Filip Hronek, Gustav Lindstrom, Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina will travel back to the United States and be eligible to rejoin the Red Wings' Training Camp roster, whenever it begins.

On 2020 first-round pick Lucas Raymond
"He's a really good player. You can just see the talent and skill and sense that he has. But even more so, the drive he has. He's got this quiet confidence. He knows that he's good, but he wants to be great. He just seems motivated and even more dedicated to being the best player that he can. So there's lots to like about Lucas."

On 2020 second-round pick William Wallinder
"He's a big, raw kid. There's some ability there. Obviously, he's played well, and been a name to kind of follow for the past few years. There's some fine tuning in his game that he's going to need to do. He needs to get bigger and stronger. Needs to find more dedication in the gym. But there's lots of raw ability there. The development staff likes raw ability, so we're looking forward to working with him."

On Filip Zadina
"It's important that Z's playing. He's a guy that really developed a lot last year, and it was important for us to have him get reps.


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MurrayChadwick's avatar

Hmm, criticism on William Wallinder, not pointed but let’s be honest, it is considering its being said in an interview, normally its all puff

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/04/20 at 02:13 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Ras, really??  I guess someone with the Wings sees something. He certainly needs to come out of his shell.  Skills are there!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/04/20 at 02:38 PM ET


Rasmussen has had some injuries that
have cost him steady development time.
One know he can already do one thing fairly well at the NHL level.

But it was clearly a mixed blessing at best he spent time in the NHL so young.
He really needed time to gain adult strength and build confidence playing against pros and men. I remember him admirably going in to stick up for a teammate against an opponent of similar size and getting fed punches because he had little idea what he was up against. That’s just one example of how being exposed too early can mess with a prospect’s confidence.

If he’s going to play center even part time, his skating definitely needs to improve.
Does he have the sense and will he have the pace to play a two-way game?
He doesn’t have to be a tough guy, but if he can gain strength commensurate with his size and play with a little more fire, he has the hands to really give opponents trouble down low. No guarantees even one of them really pans out, but guys like Ras, Smith, and Svechnikov could make Detroit a lot heavier and harder for defenders to deal with. That would be a nice complement to players like Raymond, Zadina, Berggren, maybe eventually Mastrosimone, and a younger veteran like Fabbri playing higher in the lineup.

Rasmussen doesn’t have to be a star. But if the Wings can through A
Mantha out there on the first line and Ras on the third and Svechnikov and Smith as well, that’s not easy to match up against.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/05/20 at 04:39 AM ET


Agree lefty, if he could improve his skating and stick work, his span is so big he’d be hard to get by.  Id like to hear how much faceoff work any of our prospective centers have been doing.  Thats ultimately why Glenny got the looks he did at 2c.  We need to win more faceoffs.

Posted by ThatGuy on 12/05/20 at 03:44 PM ET

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