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Niklas Krowall gave an interview to HockeySverige.se's Ronnie Ronnqvist, and here's a rough translation thereof:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
Dylan Sadowy made a great first impression Friday.
The left winger, who the Red Wings acquired in a May trade with San Jose, scored a hat trick in Team Lindsay’s 6-3 victory over Team Howe during Friday’s scrimmage at Centre ICE in Traverse City — Detroit prospects’ first chance to compete in game-like action.
“They brought me in to (be a goal scorer),” Sadowy said. “The first game I showed I can go to the net and get a couple goals. We’ll see how things go here down the road.”
The Woodbridge, Ontario product took a nice feed by Christoffer Ehn and buried his first goal to give Lindsay a 2-0 lead.
Lindsay already led 1-0 following a goal by 2015 fifth-round forward Chase Pearson on a power play, assisted on a beautiful pass by 2016 first-round defenseman Dennis Cholowski.
“It was pretty cool. Every guys likes to get points,” Cholowski said. “It was a good shot by my teammate, and I’m happy I got the assist.”
2. And Winging It in Motown's SlapshotGoal posted a set of player analyses:
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
"It's the same thing I got asked last year," Blashill said Friday before the Red Wings development camp scrimmage at Center I.C.E. Arena. "I think there's always pressure in this job and there always will be and I welcomed that when I took the job.
"But really, I don't spend lots of time worrying about what could happen bad. I spend all my time worrying about how we're going to do things to make sure we win."...
"Frans Nielsen was somebody that we thought was real important, losing Pavel (Datsyuk), to get a real quality centerman," Blashill said. "He's somebody that when I talk to the opposing coaches that they played against in the playoffs, they thought he did a great job against them. So that was, I thought, important.
"We thought Thomas Vanek – I've known him since he was in the USHL and watched him in college and know guys who have coached him – he's got a lot of talent, he's a big body that can score goals, he's a right shot. So there could be a real good fit there.
"Steve Ott ... I just thought his energy level is awesome. He's going to bring accountability and energy to our locker room, which I think you can never have enough of that and he obviously brings a certain style of play that can be real beneficial for us."...
"I thought the re-signing of Darren Helm was as important as any of them," Blashill said. "We really wanted Darren back. He brings great speed, great tenacity. He's a winner. He's the type of player I think you can win with.
"He can play on the power play, kill penalties, play up and down your lineup. So I was excited that we were able to sign him. "
The first of two scrimmages took place at the Red Wings' summer development camp on Friday, with "Team Lindsay" defeating "Team Howe" 6-3 on the stregth of a Dylan Sadowy hat trick.
The Wings' prospects played a spirited, competitive game that was high-intensity by summer hockey standards and fairly strong overall, and as I tend to say at this point in summer development camps, the margins between the players who are experiencing the high points of their careers as free agent invitees and those who will go on to NHL careers continue to grow narrower and narrower.
There wasn't a player on the ice for either team that had a "bad game," though some shone more than others, and experience--be it professional or amateur--tended to rule the roost in terms of the players that stood out, with a few exceptions.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Wings posted a clip of highlights from the non-binding shootout (as in: it didn't decide the game's result) at their summer development camp scrimmage:
2. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a clip of a short interview with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who was in town for the scrimmage....
Team Lindsay beat Team Howe 6-3 in the scrimmage at the Red Wings' summer development camp on Friday night, thanks to the strength of a hat trick by Dylan Sadowy.
I'll tell you more about the game in my write-up, but for now, here are some interviews to tide you over:
Focus on Frans Nielsen, hockey player: The man can skate, can pass, can deke, can read the play, can anticipate, and does not quit. He's gotten so much out of his slight size that he's been as much a joy to watch as a 32-year-old making roughly $3.5 million (but just $2.75 million cap hit) as he was as a 25-year-old making a jaw-droppingly modest $525,000.
The analytics age was in its prenatal phase then with already interesting indications in Nielsen's numbers, but I didn't tell Snow that Nielsen was my favorite for any specific stat-based reasons. Nor did I say it to subtly convey to the GM, "I know what you did there, locking him up on the cheap before he knew how good he can be, you sly dog."
I said it because it was true: Nielsen is the kind of player I'm prone to love.
The player who does "the little things" behind the play that go unnoticed unless you're really watching, the player who does virtually nothing flashy outside of the shootout move yet consistently has a positive impact on the game and his linemates. The underdog who makes good, the guy who presciently understands the modern game before so many old-school dinosaurs and yet humbly goes about his way. The most demonstrative Nielsen goal celebration you'll see is a quick elation two-arm raise followed by a look to his teammates that basically says, "Guys, isn't this FUN?!?"
I love hockey. That Dane loves hockey. And he plays it pretty damn well.
When the pressure was on, Tyler Bertuzzi rose to the occasion. Now he's hoping to continue the ascent.
In nine playoff games with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season, Bertuzzi led the team with seven goals and his eight points were third behind Anthony Mantha's 11 and Ryan Sproul's nine.
"Some guys joke around with me that you shouldn't even play the season, you should just come play in the playoffs," Bertuzzi said. "For me, I love playoffs. It's a gritty game in the playoffs. It's a lot harder, it goes up a lot in the playoffs. Teams get better, a lot of guys get called down, it's a lot faster, it's bigger. Everything for me, I just feel like I need to step up my game, whether it's luck, I just like to work hard and working hard, that type of game, I think it helps me."
Griffins coach Todd Nelson said playoff hockey seems to fit the way Bertuzzi plays.
"It certainly has held true the past two years," Nelson said. "He had a good playoff for us two years ago, he had a good playoff this past season. The style of play that he plays, I think playoff hockey really suits him. Just like I said, try to have him play that hockey consistently if he does come to Grand Rapids. That’s what’s going to get him to the National Hockey League."
I am blessed to have received an offer to continue my hockey career at home with SKA in St. Petersburg. It was a difficult decision to retire from the Red Wings and NHL, but in my heart, I believe it is the best decision for me an my family.
“My decision was not an easy one. Your support of the Detroit Red Wings and of me personally has meant so much to me. I arrived a young man that few had heard of and I am leaving with so many offering their kind wishes, love and respect. I am so thankful. You have provided so much for me and my family and I will be forever graceful to the game of hockey, the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings and most importantly, to you, our fans.
“With the reality that I will no longer be a Red Wing or playing in the NHL, I realize there are a lot of people I would like to personally thank.
The Red Wings' prospects took part in a split set of morning skates this morning at Centre Ice Arena, with one "team" taking to the West Rink and one "team" taking to David's Rink for a 50-minute skate.
I tried to stick with the team I didn't get to see very much of yesterday--a team consisting of Dylan Sadowy, Mattias Elfstrom, Adam Marsh, Zach Nastasiuk, Luke Kirwan, Justin Brazeau, Matthew Santos, Chase Berger, Adam Marsh, Christoffer Ehn, Chase Pearson, Patrick Holway, Joe Hicktts, Patrick McCarron, Jordan Sambrook, Dennis Cholowski, Stephen Dhillion, Joren van Pottelberghe and Chase Perry.
The other team consisted of Kyle Criscuolo, Mike Borkowski, Givani Smith, Evgeny Svechnikov, Tyler Bertuzzi, Julius Vahatlo,Griffen Molino, Alex Globke, Zach Nastasiuk, David Pope, Jeff de Wit, Vili Saarijarvi, James de Haas, Dylan Coghlan, Dan Renouf, Filip Hronek, Alfons Malmstrom, COnnor Hicks, FIlip Larsson and Matej Machovsky.
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