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‘Three Things’: On the draft combine, evaluating the 2011 draft and OT goals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The NHL's draft combine is underway in Buffalo, NY this week, and the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the team's strategy as Holland, Kris Draper, Ryan Martin, Jiri Fischer and the amateur scouts attempt to interview about half of the 100-plus players invited to the combine:

By this time of year on the hockey calendar, teams have extensively observed players’ performances on the ice. The interviews with the mostly 18-year-olds are an opportunity to discover something about their personalities and maturity.

“We usually ask them to tell us about their family, tell us about where they’re from,” Holland told the Free Press. “We like to know about their training regimen, whether they have a plan for the summer.”

The Wings’ first pick in the June 24-25 draft is at 16th overall, then 46th, 106th, 136th, 166th and 196th. The 76th overall pick, in the third round, belongs to New Jersey because of the March 2015 trade for defenseman Marek Zidlicky.

At last year’s combine, a favorable interview impression left by Evgeny Svechnikov helped persuade the Wings to draft him 19th overall. More than 100 players generally attend the event, and teams request 20-minute interviews through the NHL, which then sets up schedules. Every team does not interview every player. There would be no reason for the Wings to interview players such as Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine, who will go within the first two picks.

St. James continues, as does Holland;

2. The usual rule for draft evaluations is that it takes 3 to 5 years to begin to evaluate how a team's draft haul has turned out. Today, Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf takes a look at the Red Wings' 9-player haul from the 2011 draft, and the most successful players the Wings picked were taken in the second and seventh rounds:

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Blashill, Laviolette to speak at USA Hockey coaches’ symposium in August

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From USA Hockey:

NHL Coaches to Speak at National Hockey Coaches Symposium

NHL head coaches Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators) and Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) will headline an impressive roster of high level coaches speaking at the 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium in St. Louis, Aug. 11-14.

The bi-annual event is for coaches looking to attain their Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey. In addition to general sessions, coaches will explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to age-specific teaching and techniques.


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What’s Right, What’s Left?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

... It is the one sport in which playing "left-handed" does not leave an athlete holding the short end of the stick. In hockey, on the contrary, shooting lefty — with the stick blade touching the ground near the player's left foot — is so, so right.

In the Stanley Cup Final that opened Monday night in Pittsburgh, 58% of the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are lefties, not including goalies. In the entire playoffs, 60.5% (204) of the 337 skaters in the NHL's stats register as of May 17 were lefty shooters, compared to 39.5% (133) righties — a ratio of 1.5-to-1.

The 2015-16 regular season reflects an even more extreme split across a wider sample size: 62% lefty shots (559) to 37% righties (339), or 1.64-to-1 among 898 total skaters.

And it's not just pro hockey.

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Khan speaks with Dylan Sadowy about his strengths

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with newly-acquired Red Wings prospect Dylan Sadowy regarding the 6'1," 195-pound winger's strengths:

"I'm a two-way player that can play both ends of the rink," Sadowy said. "I can score goals, but I'll sacrifice my body for the team. I'll block shots and take hits to make a play and I'm a good PK guy that can be counted on in the last couple minutes of the game."

That grit also appealed to the Red Wings, who signed Sadowy to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. They acquired the 20-year-old left wing's rights from the San Jose Sharks on Thursday for a third-round pick in 2017.

Sadowy (6-1,195) scored 45 and 42 goals, respectively, in his final two juniors years, the last of which was split between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts. The Red Wings like his grit and knack for scoring from around the net.

"That's an area a lot of players don't want to go and that's where I scored most of my goals, going hard to the net and getting rebounds and greasy goals," Sadowy said.

Khan continues...

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Griffins announce 6 ‘guaranteed home dates,’ including opening night

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins will begin the home portion of their 2016-17 season with Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank on Friday, Oct. 14 at Van Andel Arena, one of six home dates that have been confirmed by the American Hockey League.

In addition to their home opener, the Griffins will host their 20th annual New Year’s Eve game on Saturday, Dec. 31. Girl Scout Night and the first Cross-Ice Jamboree will be on Saturday, Jan. 7. Grand Rapids’ home contest on Saturday, Jan. 21 will accommodate Boy Scout Night and serve as part of the 2017 Great Skate Winterfest, one of the team’s annual fundraisers for the Griffins Youth Foundation.

The second Cross-Ice Jamboree will be held prior to the Saturday, Feb. 4 game while a Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics is set for Saturday, Feb. 25.

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All Phil Pritchard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aimee Crawford of ESPN,

For 28 years, Phil Pritchard, Keeper of The Stanley Cup, has squired the coolest trophy in sports around the world, from war zones to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. Oh, the stories this duo could tell. Since the Cup can't talk, we asked Pritchard to spill some of Stanley's secrets.

Sometime between now and June 15, Phil Pritchard will walk the Stanley Cup out on the postgame red carpet and present it, with his gleaming white gloves, to either the Pittsburgh Penguins or San Jose Sharks. "I never get tired of seeing the reaction the Cup gets," says Pritchard, the Cup's official keeper since 1988. "There's pure exhaustion, joy ... every emotion possible. And they get to see it on the ice in front of 20,000 people." After the official presentation, the real fun begins, as each member of the winning team gets quality time with the Cup -- and Pritchard will be along for the ride to serve as chaperone, sounding board and, sometimes, taste tester. Here, in his own words, are some of his favorite memories of being the Cup's companion.

The Cup's curfew is ...




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Vladimir Tarasenko Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko looked back on the playoffs on Tuesday, particularly on his series against San Jose, where he was held goalless until the final nine minutes of the final game, and felt he needed to do more.

"They played really tight and they backchecked so hard," Tarasenko said. "It's just experience. It was frustrating for me. I wish I could do better. I'm supposed to do better."...

"I wouldn't say I wasn't frustrated," Tarasenko said. "Of course I was a little bit mad. ... It's no time for frustration. Even if you don't score and the team wins, everybody helps. Now I have a lot of time to think about my game, look at my shifts and find out what's wrong. But when a team is winning, you don't even think about your points. It's nothing better when come into the room after a hard game, whether you score or not score, and you see those happy faces around you, your friends, really happy. You can't think about something else."

Tarasenko dismissed a report out of Canada about issues between him and the organization.

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Dylan Sadowy signing officially official

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings...

Here's the press release:

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Another Dirty Hit?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The NHL is not serious about cleaning up dirty hits that put players in jeopardy of concussions and other head injuries. The league can’t be.

We have seen too much evidence in these playoffs that shows the league isn’t yet to the point where it is willing to suspend players who commit these kinds of hits, even if they are accidental.

The latest, of course, is Sharks standout Patrick Marleau’s elbow/shoulder to the head of Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

The Penguins won, but Rust is now day-to-day with some sort of upper body injury. If you watch the play, there is no way you can tell me that Marleau wasn’t trying to head hunt and punish someone. But the league already announced today that Marleau won’t be facing any supplemental discipline.It would be shocking if it wasn’t so predictable, but there is no way the league is going to suspend one of its stars in the middle of the Stanley Cup final, especially with his team already down 1-0 in the series.


Missed or want to review the hit, watch it below...

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Game One

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Pittsburgh wins game one of the Stanley Cup finals by a 3-2 score.  They took an early 2-0 lead.  San Jose fought back to even the score.  Nick Bonino scored the winning goal with less than three minutes left.  Ironically Bonino was originally a San Jose Shark draft pick but he never played a game for them.  San Jose had one last chance as Ben Lovejoy took a penalty for most of the final two minutes but they couldn't even the score.

Perhaps the most discussed point was Patrick Marleau's hit on Bryan Rust in the third period.  Marleau took a two minute penalty and Rust was unable to play after trying one more shift unsuccessfully.  There was some thought that Marleau might be suspended.  That didn't happen.  The NHL will have a much higher tolerance for potentially suspendable events in the Stanley Cup finals than they would in the regular season.  They don't want to be seen as deciding the series with suspension calls.

Both teams will go at it again for a game two on Wednesday.

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