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Too Early To Call Filip Zadina A Breakout Candidate?

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Here’s a look at one breakout candidate from each club ahead of the coming season:

Detroit Red Wings: Filip Zadina is ready. He fired home 16 goals and 35 points in the AHL last season and got a nine-game look with the Red Wings, during which he scored one goal and three points. He’s a full-timer come the season, though, and a dark horse for the Calder Trophy.

the rest of the teams...

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The Wings In Five Years

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,


By the time 2023-24 rolls around, the Red Wings will have a very nice set of forwards, led by captain Larkin. Naturally, Detroit fans have to hope that player such as Svechnikov, Veleno and Zadina develop on an upward trajectory, but that’s a big part of this forecasting exercise, isn’t it? Rasmussen can be an excellent third-line center with a couple bangers on his wings, while Smith brings some muscle to the fourth line. You will also notice that by this time, the Red Wings will mercifully be free of the current long-term contracts to veterans such as Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm. It’s going to be a whole new era.

continue for the defense and goalies...

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Season Outlook For Madison Bowey

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: Bowey got an opportunity to play regularly after arriving from Washington and logged a fair amount of ice time due to injuries on defense. A stay-at-home, right-shooting defender with decent size and mobility, he can step into opponent to deliver a solid check. But he’ll be evaluated in training camp and the preseason on how well he moves the puck and his ability to limit mistakes.

Bowey is not waiver-exempt, which could work in his favor if the competition for a roster spot is close between him, Oliwer Kaski and Dennis Cholowski, both of whom can be sent to Grand Rapids without waivers. But, given the health issues of several veterans last season, what are the odds this defense is completely healthy at the start of the regular season? So, expect Bowey, the 53rd overall pick in 2013, to be on the team and quite possibly in the lineup opening night.


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Will Filip Zadina Make The Wings Roster This Season?

Matt Larkin of The Hockey News answered some questions today via Twitter,


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The Training Camp Days For The Wings And Prospects

via a PR release from the Wings on July 10th.

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced that the team will return to Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., to host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp, as well as the 21st Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.


The 2019-20 Red Wings hit the ice for the first time the morning of Friday, Sept. 13, and continue daily through Monday, Sept. 16. Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be divided into teams that will practice and scrimmage throughout camp, including the annual Red and White Game on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m. The team will hold one more practice on Monday, Sept. 16 prior to breaking camp to begin their preseason schedule at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 17 vs. Chicago. A full camp roster and the complete training camp schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Detroit’s Farm System Ranked 13th

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

The Wings’ system changed a lot over the past year. It graduated some key prospects and had an important draft in 2019. Filip Zadina was a guy I was very enthusiastic about at this time last season, but I may have hyped him a tad too much. He remains the team’s top prospect even though I bumped him down a notch. The Wings have a lot of very good players on the way but still look to be in the early parts of their rebuild.

Key additions: Moritz Seider, Robert Mastrosimone, Albin Grewe

Key subtractions/graduations: Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski

2018 farm system ranking: No. 7

2019 draft grade: B

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Season Outlook For Jonathan Bernier

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: Bernier’s numbers were rough, the worst of his career, but some of that can be attributed to the sub-par team defense.

Bernier will start the season as the clear-cut back-up to Jimmy Howard. But Howard, being on a one-year contract, might be moved before the trade deadline. If so, Bernier likely would be elevated to No. 1 and veteran Calvin Pickard, signed to a two-year contract on July 1 to play in Grand Rapids, probably would be brought up to be the back-up.


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Video- Tomas Tatar With His Favorite Spots In Detroit

via the Montreal Canadiens,

From the neighborhood he lived in, to the downtown core and more, Tomas Tatar shares his favorite things to see and do around Detroit


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Season Outlook For Jonathan Ericsson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: Ericsson was plagued by injuries at the start and end of the season and struggled with consistency once again. After a good start in the 2017-18 season, he has posted a minus-23 rating in his past 95 games.

Ericsson was a healthy scratch for back-to-back games on a couple of occasions, for the first time in his career. He’ll likely start the season alongside Trevor Daley as the third pairing (depending on the unit’s health), but unlike past seasons, Ericsson won’t have a guaranteed spot in the lineup. It’ll depend on his performance.

Defense continues to be the weak spot on this team, but coach Jeff Blashill will have other options for the third pairing (Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green, Patrik Nemeth and Filip Hronek are projected as the top four) – including Madison Bowey or Oliwer Kaski. Dennis Cholowski, who started strong last season before fading and being sent to Grand Rapids, also will be competing for a spot.

Ericsson is among the veteran defensemen the Red Wings will try to move at the trade deadline (along with Green and Daley, but he’ll need to be healthy and playing reasonably well to draw interest for a draft pick.


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Justin Abdelkader On The Past And Upcoming Season

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Spend a few minutes with Justin Abdelkader and you sense he is approaching this season with urgency.

It’s understandable, given the way the NHL is these days.

Abdelkader is 32 and entering his 11th season, which in today’s NHL can be dinosaur territory.

Abdelkader is also coming off a season in which he scored a career-low six goals, and equaled a career-low with 19 points.

There is an urgency to rebound, to show he is still an effective NHL player.

“It was frustrating, just frustrating for sure,” Abdelkader said Tuesday after completing the second day of the Spartan Pro Camp at Munn Ice Arena. “In this league there are nights you can go out and feel good about how you played and you’ve had (offensive) chances, but if you’re not contributing offensively and you don’t have those points and continue to look and have zeroes on the scorecard that build up … your confidence can take a hit.”


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