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James de Haas preparing for senior season as captain of Clarkson Golden Knights

He's one of the Red Wings' less-heralded prospects, but defenseman James de Haas brings an intriguing combination of 6'3," 216-pound size and offensive abilities to the mix, and de Haas is embarking upon his senior season with the Clarkson Golden Knights as the college team's captain. The Watertown Daily Times' Cap Carey penned a profile of de Haas as a player preparing for his most important athletic campaign:

Senior defenseman James de Haas provided Clarkson fans with two of the most memorable moments of the season a year ago when he scored game-winning overtime goals in both games of an ECAC Hockey home first-round playoff series against Princeton.

Now as the captain of the Golden Knights, those kind of moments are ones that Clarkson coach Casey Jones wants to see even more of from the 6-foot-3, 216-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario.

“I think he’s been a good offensive player for us,” Jones said. “We need him to be a great offensive player for us. We want him to be extremely active every shift, all the time. He’s really evolved into a leader in the locker room. He commands respect because of his full commitment that he puts forth.”

De Haas has been a consistent scorer for Clarkson in his first three years, improving by two points each season, beginning with 13 as a freshman, 15 as a sophomore and 17 last year. He has scored six, six and five goals in his three seasons.

The fact that Jones wants to see more offense from de Haas this season is another sign of his growth as a player. When he first arrived at Clarkson, his scoring was appreciated but he was always hearing about his play defensively.

“The big thing on me (then) was competing harder and being tougher to play against,” de Haas recalled. “I think that’s something I’ve definitely improved upon. I’ve heard a lot less about it, so I think it’s something I’m doing a lot better. It’s something I take more pride in, before it was about points and offense.”


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Red Wings-Penguins preseason wrap-up

Updated with some "overnight report stuff" 2x at 12:19 AM: The format of this recap is a little experimental as it's the preseason and there's no time like the present to try different things while the games still don't count. Let me know if you prefer a highlights-and-stats-first recap.

The Red Wings rebounded from a difficult outing in Chicago on Tuesday as the "A/B team" took on the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night, emerging with a 5-2 victory.

While Tyler Bertuzzi's goal-and-assist performance, the dangles and dazzles from Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Ryan Sproul and goal-scorer Martin Frk give Wings fans tons of hope for the future, Riley Sheahan's pair of assists belied a puck-stealing, shot-tipping machine, Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, Brendan Smith was sharp all night long...

And Xavier Ouellet was quietly proficient and Jared Coreau had a superb outing in the Wings' crease, stopping a significant number of grade-A Penguins opportunities and getting help from his friendly goalposts as well.

Detroit did a fine job of bending but not breaking when the Penguins rallied to tie the game 2-2, with Frk earning the gamer on a power play and Steve Ott depositing the empty-netter while Detroit defended a 6-on-5 with Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench and the Penguins on the power play.

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‘Down Goes Brown’ weighs in on the Wings’ next captain

The Hockey News's Sean McIndoe examined "five players next in line to be captains" on their respective teams, and he included the Red Wings and Dylan Larkin on his list:

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The current captain: Henrik Zetterberg, who took over from Nicklas Lidstrom four years ago.

Why they may need a new one soon: This is a tricky one. On the one hand, Zetterberg will be 36 by the time the season starts. On the other, he's still signed through 2021 on one of those front-loaded mega-contracts from the previous CBA. That makes it hard to know how much time he has left, although it's worth pointing out that his salary nosedives after next season.

Who's next: Whenever the times comes, this will be a tough one. The Red Wings have had three captains in the last 30 years, dating back to Steve Yzerman getting the nod in 1986. So this isn't just any old captaincy. The spotlight on whoever gets it next will be bright.

So who will it be? Niklas Kronwall wears an "A" today, but he's only a few months younger than Zetterberg, so he seems unlikely. Fellow defenseman Danny DeKeyser would get some consideration, especially as a hometown boy. And Justin Abdelkader would have a shot – he may not be especially popular outside of Detroit, but Wings fans love him. Besides, Abdelkader was on Team USA at the World Cup, so he could give everyone some valuable pointers on what not to do.

But if Zetterberg sticks around for another few years, then Dylan Larkin may be the pick. In two years he should be established as a legitimate NHL star, and he'd be 22 years old by then – one year older than Yzerman was when he got the honors three decades ago.

This is the hardest pick of the bunch, not least because a year or two is still time for Ken Holland to sign a half dozen more veteran free agents. But let's swing for the fences and make Larkin the pick.

McIndoe continues, and I don't see how this is a hard pick. Larkin will be the Wings' next captain. I don't think Zetterberg's planning on retiring just yet, and when he does, the Wings are going to pick #71 as the long-term captain.

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Red Wings-Penguins preseason open post

The Detroit Red Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network), with the Wings icing a split squad against an NHL-heavy Penguins lineup. Here's an open thread to suit your needs.

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Detroit Makes A Few Minor Moves Today

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Zach Nastasiuk and goaltender Edward Pasquale to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and signed goaltender Cal Heeter to a professional tryout.

Heeter, who attended the Red Wings’ training camp on a tryout, will serve as the backup goaltender to Jared Coreau tonight as the Red Wings (3-1-1) visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit). Detroit will wrap up the preseason with a home-and-home set against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario and on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.

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Ken Holland appears on the NHL on Sirius XM Radio with Steve Kouleas

Earlier today, Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on the NHL on Sirius XM Radio, speaking with Steve Kouleas regarding the team's first post-Pavel Datsyuk season:

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On Thomas Vanek

Updated 3x at 3:05 PM: Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill addressed the media regarding his expectations for Thomas Vanek this upcoming season, and Blashill told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan that Vanek will have to earn a new start in Detroit:

"I did a lot of research and I’ve heard a lot of things,” said Blashill of Vanek, who Blashill will start the season on a wing on Darren Helm’s line (the third player on the line hasn’t been determined).

“I’ve heard he’s a great person,” Blashill said. “I’ve heard he doesn’t work hard enough. I’ve heard and seen he scores 40 (goals) a year at times. I’ve seen and heard a lot of those things, and for me, I’ve told him I’m a stubborn person and sometimes that makes my relationship with my wife difficult because I just don’t believe everything I heard. I want it to be proven to me.

“I’m going to watch and he’s going to have a chance to prove it every day. I’ll make decisions based on what I see.”
Vanek’s ability to score goals — he’s scored at least 20 goals 10 times in his career — is something the Red Wings need.

“I’m excited about what he can bring to our table,” Blashill said. “We don’t score easy. He scores easy. He gets one shot and he can score. We have a decent amount of guys how are volume scorers, they need 10 opportunities to score.

“As I said a number of times, and I’ve told him as well, work ethic on the track is not negotiable. Work ethic to win puck battles is not negotiable. Defense is not negotiable. If he does those three things, he can have a real good year.”

Kulfan continues, and MLive's Ansar Khan posted a video of Blashill speaking about Vanek:

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Sportsnet suggests that Tomas Tatar’s the 4th-best left winger in the NHL

According to Sportsnet's Andrew Berkshire, advanced stats indicate that Tomas Tatar is the fourth-best left winger in the NHL:

4: Tomas Tatar | Offence: 34.35/55 | Defence: 7.74/15 | Transition: 25.38/30 | Total: 67.46/100

He doesn’t get the credit, but Tomas Tatar is the best player on the Detroit Red Wings these days and the best transition winger in the NHL, to boot. Tatar’s silky smooth hands and skating ability allow him to weave his way through the ice with ease, and if he can’t find open ice, he’s also one of the most adept passers in the NHL. Adding to his strong transition play, Tatar is an above average first line defensive player, and strong scorer.

Berkshire continues, explanation of his numbers and methodology included...

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Blashill discusses potential regular season line combinations

Updated at 3:02 PM: If you missed these Tweets in the Red Wings-Penguins game-day thread:

The Free Press's Helene St. James wrote an article regarding Blashill's comments...

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Red Wings-Penguins preseason morning skate Tweets: Pens ice experienced team vs. split Wings squad

Updated 11x at 3:18 PM: The Detroit Red Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/ROOT Sports/the NHL Network U.S.). The Wings are hoping to bounce back from their 6-1 loss to Chicago, while the Penguins will be icing an NHL-heavy lineup.

The Penguins took to the ice first at the Consol...erm...PPG Paints Arena, as noted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Bill West...

Looks like Cullen will play the role of Sid tonight. He centers Sheary & Kunitz. Malkin w/ Wilson & Hornqvist. Bonino w/ Guentzel & Kessel.


And Rowney centers Kuhnhackl & Fehr.

And the Penguins:

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