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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Nobody has stood out more at the Detroit Red Wings development camp more than defenseman Jarett Meyer.
That's what happens when you stand 7 feet tall on skates.
The 18-year-old defenseman is easily the tallest player at Centre I.C.E. Arena after being among 22 invites for the 45-player camp.
Meyer came to the Red Wings attention last season, when director of player personnel Jiri Fischer was keeping tabs on Detroit draft pick Zach Nastasiuk, who was captain of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. It didn't take long for him to spot Meyer in the Attack lineup.
Meyer spent his first OHL season in Owen Sound and Fischer immediately took notice of his size.
The Red Wings' prospects went through their final day of skill development and systems drills at the Wings' summer development camp: tomorrow, the teams will scrimmage at 11 AM, and that will conclude the activities in Traverse City.
Today's drills were intense and focused on very Detroit-like systems of play, and after watching Jiri Fischer take his skating drills to their game-level conclusion and the Griffins and Walleye's coaches work on one-on-one battles, breakouts and regroup drills, I spoke to several prospects and coach Blashill:
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Longtime Detroit Red Wings netminder and owner of three Stanley Cup rings Chris Osgood might be one of the great Hall of Fame bubble cases of all time. His statistics, were they taken in a vacuum, would guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame, as he ranks statistically with some of the game's greatest goaltenders, including a bevy of netminders already enshrined. Yet there is a perception in many circles that he was simply an average-to-good goaltender who won the hockey lottery backstopping a dynastic team coach by one of the greatest coaches of all time in Scotty Bowman. How perception will ultimately reflect or influence reality in the coming years vis a vis voting for the Hall of Fame promises to be one of the most interesting Hall of Fame debates of all.
The Case For
Where to start? Well, as of this writing, Osgood ranks 10th all time in wins among all NHL goaltenders with 401 (Roberto Luongo will pass him shortly, and Luongo will no doubt become the subject of an interesting Hall of Fame debate in the coming years). Osgood won three Stanley Cups -- two as a starter -- and came within two wins in 2009 of winning a fourth Cup as Detroit was defeated by Pittsburgh in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena. His 74 postseason wins are eighth all time, and he managed to collect 15 shutouts in the playoffs (fourth all time).
Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
MLive's Ansar Khan ponders whether Jeff Blashill might finally choose to utilize Brendan Smith on the Red Wings' power play, unlike his predecessor:
"I think Brendan has that ability to do that (power play)," Blashill said. "You have to see where the whole puzzle fits at camp. He's somebody I know that's done that in the past because he's done that for me in the American League (for half the 2012-13 season)."
Blashill has a vision of how Smith can be best utilized.
"I think Brendan's best offensive ability is kind of roaming around below the tops of the circles," Blashill said. "If he's a weak-side guy on the power play, going to the net a lot, he can retrieve pucks because he's quick, he's strong, he's competitive. He's got good offensive instincts once he gets below the tops of circles. I know at Wisconsin he was on his off-side (right side) hitting one-timers. That's something we'll explore going into camp."
Among this evening's Red Wings-related news stories and items: The Wings' prospects were busy attending the Cherry Festival this afternoon, after engaging in some wild skating drills (more on that in a minute). However:
Grand Rapids Griffins forward and hopeful future Wing Mitch Callahan is up in Traverse City with the Red Wings' prospects, taking his first steps back from a torn ACL, and he discussed his recovery with DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose as part of a "getting to know" Q and A...
“It’s nice that everybody is training coming into the season, but at the same time I would love to do all of this right now and skating in a full practice or scrimmage,” the 23-year-old Callahan said. “That’s the way it goes this time. I have to accept it and battle through it.”
It’s been a rough two years for Callahan, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in February. Ten months earlier, the Red Wings’ sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, suffered a fractured jaw and lost 10 teeth when he was struck by a puck.
Callahan is in Traverse City where this week he is working out with team trainers and skating on his own at the Wings’ development camp at Centre Ice Arena.
“Just skating on my own but no tight turns or stop and starting as of yet. That’s probably next week,” said Callahan, who expects to be ready for the Red Wings’ main training camp in September. Going to camp like everybody else trying to compete for a spot,” he added. “Just to be healthy and prove that – even though I had a knee injury – that my game hasn’t changed. There’s no setback in my game. … I’ll be 100 percent and ready by the end of August, so that’s right in time for camp.”
And Roose continues...
Evgeny Svechnikov isn't a man of too many words, but he discussed being drafted by the Wings and taking part in the development camp with the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Holmstrom (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) had 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 44 games with Skelleftea, then exploded in the playoffs with 18 points (seven goals) in 15 games.
The way Holmstrom sees it, though, it was mainly being in the right place at the right time.
“I got good confidence from my coach and we had a real good team, good teammates,” said Holmstrom, who can play center or left wing. “We had a lot of good self-confidence in our group. Myself, I started the playoffs pretty good and got confidence from that and just kept going. I had some lucky bounces.
“I shot the puck more, my coaches told me to do that and I would get more goals. It was unfortunate we lost in the finals but both me and the team had a good team.”
Holmstrom will return to Sweden this season and plans on turning pro in North America after his Swedish season, joining Grand Rapids.
Given his inexperience and not having played pro in Sweden, a full season playing there would be a positive decision.
“I want to take the next step and be good the whole season, just take a bigger role with the team,” Holmstrom said. “I want to keep getting better.
“I have to get better in every (way. The NHL is) the best league in the world and I want to do my best and develop the best I can.”
From MLive's Ansar Khan: The NHLPA released the list of players who've filed for salary arbitration, and Gustav Nyquist is among them:
This should facilitate a contract agreement in short order.
Update: Khan confirms in article form...
The Red Wings' summer development campers got back to the business of doing team drills and beginning to work on Red Wings' systems play during the third day of the development camp, and they engaged in some incredibly unconventional but effective skating drills as well. Team Howe and Team Lindsay are spending this afternoon watching the Thunderbirds loop, spin and soar through the air, but the players were doing some looping, spinning and soaring of their own during Jiri Fischer's skill drills today, which was right on the line between stunningly beautiful to watch and smirk-inducing, depending on the player.
Here are the teams that participated in today's activities...
added 4:26pm, Detroit release is below...
The Red Wings' prospects got back to the work that is driving home the fundamentals and systems of Red Wings hockey today, working with the Griffins and Walleye's coaches on breakouts and dump-in retrievals and doing some absolutely wild and wacky drills with Jiri Fischer.
I spoke with several players after a split session in which Team Lindsay skated first and Team Howe skated second, and I tried to put the pedal to the interviewing medal to give you a little more bang for your buck.
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