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Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli discusses his draft experience

Via the Muskegon Chronicle, the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks' website posted an interview with new Red Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli:

MI- Lumberjacks goaltender Keith Petruzzelli had a roller coaster Saturday. His mood changed from anxiety to elation when he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NHL draft, 88th overall by the Detroit Red Wings.

“It was stressful,” said Petruzzelli. “It’s the worst anxiety, and we were all expecting it to happen a little sooner, but I’m so excited to be with Detroit. It’s an incredible franchise that’s a perfect spot for me.”

Detroit wasn’t one of the teams the Petruzzelli had many discussions with, and when they selected him, it came as a bit of a surprise, but Keith identified it as a great fit because of their lack of top goaltending prospects. Furthermore, the franchise has time to allow the development process to happen in due time.

“They have an open timeline,” said Petruzzelli. “They will let me develop at Quinnipiac for a couple years and then we’ll see.”

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Foreign-language news: On the Spink Twins’ possible European sojourn and ‘speed, speed, speed’

Of foreign-language note this morning:

1. Expressen's Johan "Mr. Madhawk" Svensson is reporting that Toledo Walleye forwards Tyson and Tylor Spink are likely to join Orebro HK of the Swedish SHL this upcoming season, with the pair signing try-out contracts and proving themselves ready for the SHL during training camp. This is still a possibility/probability as opposed to a done deal, but it would be difficult for the Walleye to match the $ they're going to get...

Update: It's semi-official:

2. And in roughly-translated Czech, Jiri Fischer made some intriguing comments regarding the draft over the course of an interview with iSport's Pavel Barta, and here they are:

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The Athletic on Mantha’s ‘ceiling’

The Athletic's Jack Han makes a bold suggestion this morning:

When NHL fans talk about generational talents, they are often referring to players such as Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Erik Karlsson – elite performers who leave no doubts about their greatness. At age 22 and with just 70 NHL appearances under his belt, it will take time before Detroit’s Anthony Mantha can potentially put himself in that mix. However, he is very much a once-in-a-generation player, if you look at things from a different point of view.

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Red Wings officially re-sign Lashoff, McIlrath

From the Detroit Red Wings, pursuant to last night's reports that the Wings have re-signed Brian Lashoff and Dylan McIlrath to two-year contracts:

Lashoff and Mcilrath signed to two-year contract extensions
Blueliners extended through 2018-19 after winning Calder Cup with Griffins

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed defensemen Brian Lashoff and Dylan McIlrath to two-year contract extensions.

Lashoff, 26, is one of three two-time Calder Cup champions on the Grand Rapids Griffins' roster (along with right wing Mitch Callahan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch), capturing his second title this spring after first winning in 2013. The Albany, N.Y., native skated in 62 games for Grand Rapids this season, recording 11 points (3-8-11) and 32 penalty minutes and adding four points (1-3-4) and 12 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. Lashoff, who was originally signed by the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on Sept. 30, 2008, also appeared in five games for Detroit this season. He has skated in 122 career NHL games for the Red Wings since 2012-13, showing 13 points (2-11-13) and 57 penalty minutes.

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Your Trevor Daley Update

Update: Here's USA Today's Kevin Allen on the Wings' free agent leanings:

Detroit Red Wings: Need a veteran defenseman with offensive ability, though those will be hard to find. Could they be interested in Trevor Daley? They might also look at Ron Hainsey, and they have interest in Dan Girardi.

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The Athletic on reclamation projects and detrimental defenders

The Athletic posted a pair of articles that one might call "refreshing spitballing" in that they are both theoretical, somewhat antithetical to popular theory (or Ken Holland theory in the latter article's case) and most certainly discussing a could-be philosophy:

First, the Athletic's Craig Custance wondered aloud whether the Red Wings might want to sign an unrestricted free agent reclamation project such as Mikhail Grigorenko, who wasn't issued a qualifying offer by the Colorado Avalanche at all of 23 years old...

According to an NHL source, there has been contact between the Red Wings and Grigorenko’s camp but it’s hard to gauge how serious that contact has been and it puts them in company with quite a few teams.

Detroit also has other priorities in free agency. If they’re trying to win games, the defense has to be addressed, which is why the focus has been on a player like Trevor Daley and a few other veteran defensemen.

But if they’re going to sign a forward, Grigorenko seems like a reasonable bet if the price is right. If he flops, it’s not the end of the world and that's a very real possibility here. There's a reason Vegas passed on him in the expansion draft.

If it works, it’s like adding a first-round draft pick. And at a crucial position the organization needs.

Custance continues, speaking with Daniel Cleary about the Wings' "culture," and if you peruse CapFriendly's unrestricted free agents page(s), I'm sure you could find a reclamation project or two of the Grigorenko-or-Yakupov variety...

And the Athletic's Sean Tierney makes the "fancy stats" case for, "Low-cost, high-impact forwards" over defensemen in free agency, but this is both "no surprise" and needs to be said:

With an aging roster and little room under the salary cap, GM Ken Holland will find it tough to be a major player on July 1st. In terms of long-term additions for the roster, Holland would be wise to steer clear of this UFA class altogether.

However, if Holland projects that his club will miss the playoffs again this year, the team has an opportunity to sign a couple of UFAs with deadline-day flips in mind. Veteran skaters like Brian Campbell, Matt Cullen, Daniel Winnik, and Kris Versteeg continue to offer strong on-ice impact and do not project to earn expensive contracts. Signing any of these vets won’t do much to help the team’s average age in the short run, but each could fetch draft picks or prospects from contending clubs at next year’s trade deadline.

One way or the other, Red Wings fans should consider July 1st a success if the Dan Girardi rumors prove false and the aging defender is avoided altogether.

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Red Wings re-sign Lashoff, McIlrath to 2-way contracts

The Red Wings are busy building the Grand Rapids Griffins organization while they wait for the NHL's unrestricted free agency period to begin. Via CBS Sports, TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie is reporting that the Wings have re-signed Brian Lashoff to a 2-year, 2-way contract...

And MLive's Ansar Khan is reporting that the Red Wings have re-signed Dylan McIlrath to a 2-year, 2-way deal as well:

Lashoff's NHL upside is somewhat limited, but he's the Griffins' Rock of Gibraltar on defense, and McIlrath's intimidation was an essential part of the Griffins' playoff run (and he can move the puck well at the AHL level, too).

I believe we'll see more Griffins moves in the next couple of days--probably more AHL than NHL moves (think the Ben Street extension)--as the Wings slowly but surely build both their own and their AHL affiliate's rosters.

Update: Khan confirms in text form:

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Dylan McIlrath Likely Staying In The Detroit Organization

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The one player the Detroit Red Wings picked up at the trade deadline this past season is likely to be back with the organization next season....

While McIlath hasn't panned out in the NHL after being selected 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2010 draft, McIlrath turned out to be a very good addition for the Wings’ top affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He played all 19 playoff games en route to the Calder Cup championship. McIlrath, 25, is a pending unrestricted free agent, but the organization would like to keep him.


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Toledo Walleye earn ECHL’s ‘Overall Award of Excellence’

From the ECHL:

Toledo receives 2016-17 Overall Award of Excellence

The ECHL announced on Monday that the Toledo Walleye have been selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the ECHL Team Award of Excellence. It marks the third consecutive season and the fifth time in the last eight seasons that the Walleye have received the award.

The award recognizes the ECHL organization that executes a well-rounded business plan including, but not limited to, sales, marketing, media relations and merchandising while also distinguishing themselves in their community, on and off the ice.

The other finalists were the Colorado Eagles, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits and South Carolina Stingrays

During the 2016-17 season, the Walleye set a new single-season attendance record with over 254,000 fans while posting 30 sellouts in their 36 games. Toledo saw a 17 percent increase in merchandise sales during the regular season and a 25 percent increase during the playoffs while also donating over $320,000 to local charitable organizations.

On the ice, the Walleye set 33 team and individual records while winning the Brabham Cup for the second time in the last three seasons while advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

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Wings catch-up post: Mostly talking about free agency decisions to come

I spent the past two days on my back with a post-draft cold, so here's a catch-up post rounding up the Red Wings-related news that's hit the wires over the past two days.

First, however, I've got something to say about the Spencer Foo-less Wings (Foo will sign with Calgary on Saturdat), and I'm sure you've already said it: DON'T DO IT, KENNY!

You and I already know by now that the Red Wings are going to sign a veteran unrestricted free agent defenseman come Saturday. All the beat writers are reporting that the Red Wings' free agent interest clusters around Dan Girardi, Ron Hainsey, Trevor Daley and a couple other mid-30-something free agent defensemen who could fit into the Wings' cap figure (if Johan Franzen's LTIR $ is taken into account).

Maybe this is just me, but I don't like the prospect of the Wings playing Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and another veteran defenseman ahead of Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul.

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