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And you may be familiar with a certain Czech netminder (who finished four spots behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, the goalie the Tampa Bay Lightning picked with the pick the Wings surrendered for Kyle Quincey)...
4. Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
2013-14 team: Detroit (NHL)
2013-14 stats: 9 GP | 1.74 GAA | .927 SV%
The Czech Republic native has played very well for AHL Grand Rapids the past two seasons, and has been a player who has continued to trend up and experience success. His athletic ability is high-end, and though he can sometimes try to do too much, he has a pretty good head for the game in terms of anticipation and mental toughness.
Three players from the 51-to-100 list...
Per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
From the Red Wings (and confirmed by the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau):
RED WINGS LOOK TO DEFEND CROWN AT 2014 NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT
… Traverse City’s Centre ICE Arena to Host Eight NHL Teams from Sept. 12-16 …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament for the 16th season at Center ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., running from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16. The eight-team tournament will include the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.Tickets for the tournament are still available for $10 per day, which covers four games, exclusively at Centre ICE Arena. For more information on tickets, visit http://www.centreice.org.
This isn't about hockey, but I possess the luxury of writing about something other than hockey every once in a while, and I'm going to do just that.
This isn't Red Wings-related, so if you're not interested, scroll on, dear friend.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"My take is we're probably going to try to do something with Alfie," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. "He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable."
Alfredsson, 41, intended to start skating this week in Sweden, in part to see how his back responds. He's expected to skate with many Red Wings players the first week of September, prior to training camp on Sept. 18.
"Certainly, I don't look at Alfie thinking he's going to play 82 games," Holland said. "When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.
"But at the end of the day I think he wants to (skate) and we want to see him skate every day for 2-3 weeks and then let's see how he feels."
more and some other topics too...
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
“It’s really up to the guys in the locker-room at the end of last year. Most guys are back and everyone’s got to be better. That’s the only way this team’s going to advance.”
At Joe Louis Arena Monday working as an instructor at the club’s youth hockey camp, Glendening was equally harsh in the scouting report on his own season, which saw him produce 1-6-7 numbers in 56 games working as a fourth-line checking centre for Detroit.
“I have a long way to go,” Glendening said. “I wasn’t really that happy with my season. I got to play a lot, but my production wasn’t good enough.
I wasn’t good enough on faceoffs (48.5 per cent). There are things that I have to improve upon to stay and be a regular in the lineup.”
from James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,
So how does no-handed water skiing with a woman on your shoulders sound? Good idea?
Well, Helmer didn’t look any worse for the wear while pulling off that stunt with former teammate Jordin Tootoo’s wife recently. Tootoo, who apparently was on the boat dragging Helm and Jennifer Tootoo around...
Watch the video below...
If this team misses the postseason, you have to think big changes are coming. In the end, though, that would be for the best. The way things are going now, there's very little reason for hope in Detroit.
Read more on the Wings from Ryan Lambert at PuckDaddy.
My comment, did you expect anything different?
Getting in all the summer fun before camp starts...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2014-15 outlook: Abdelkader likely will start the season on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and possibly Henrik Zetterberg. Coach Mike Babcock likes having a "heavy body" on each line, someone to provide a physical presence, go to the net and retrieve pucks. Abdelkader has filled this role for Datsyuk much of the past two seasons as the guy who "pulls the piano." It hasn't translated into an offensive boost but the club has been satisfied with the results. Abdelkader should continue playing a net-front role on the power play, especially since Todd Bertuzzi is gone. His role on the penalty kill has diminished the past two seasons (from 1:25 short-handed time per game in 2011-12 to 38 seconds last season), in part due to more power-play time, but he'll continue to see some PK duty. Abdelkader brings a different dimension for a team that has a lot of smaller forwards. He provides a much-needed abrasive element and has the ability to agitate and get under opponents' skin. This is a team that needs to be harder to play against. Abdelkader made strides in reducing bad penalties, something that plagued him earlier in his career. A good skater who plays with pace, he has settled in as a winger but can play center if needed.
Key question: Should Abdelkader continue playing on a top-two line or should he be playing on a checking line?
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