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From the Detroit Red Wings:

2016 NHL Prospect Tournament begins Sept. 16
Top NHL hopefuls from eight NHL teams battle for Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup from Sept. 16-20

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host seven other NHL teams during the 2016 NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Friday, Sept. 16 to Tuesday, Sept. 20. Returning to northern Michigan for the 18th season, the eight-team tournament is comprised of the Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, 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 or online at http://www.centreice.org


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Walleye to honor Jeff Lerg with a unique bobblehead

Former Toledo Walleye goaltender Jeff Lerg has moved on to play in Europe, but the Walleye are remembering their stalwart netminder with a really cool bobblehead this fall:

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ESPN’s Pronman profiles each and every NHL team’s top prospects, including the Wings

ESPN's Corey Pronman penned a massive Insider-only entry today, discussing the top 10 prospects for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams. He ranks Detroit's prospects as follows (with "top 120" ranking in parentheses)

1. Anthony Mantha, RW (55)
2. Joe Hicketts, D (59)
3. Evgeni Svechnikov, LW (62)
4. Villi Saarijarvi, D (64)
5. Axel Holmstrom, C (78)
6. Xavier Ouellet, D
7. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW
8. Dylan Sadowy, LW
9. Filip Hronek, D
10. Dennis Cholowski, D

And Pronman has this to say about the Wings' prospect pool:

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Henrik Zetterberg Won’t Play In The World Cup

added 8:37am,

added 9:31am,

Update: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa's still looking for confirmation...

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The Season Outlook For Xavier Ouellet

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: After earning occasional call-ups the past three seasons, Ouellet is assured of a roster spot at the start of the season, since the club isn't likely to risk losing him on waivers. But he must earn his way into the lineup. Right now, he appears to be seventh on the defensive depth chart, ahead of Ryan Sproul, who also is no longer waiver-exempt.

Ouellet showed much promise in 2014-15, appearing in 24 games with the Red Wings. But Alexey Marchenko moved ahead of him in the pecking order last season.

Ouellet has good mobility and moves the puck well. He's not tall but is fairly bulky, which helps in defending heavier opponents. He's at his best when he's making the simple play and not trying to do too much. He has some offensive ability but is more likely to be a second- or third-pair, defensive defenseman in the NHL.

Key question: Should the Red Wings stick with the safer Ouellet or favor the more offensively inclined Sproul?


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Evening news: Quick notes regarding prospect news, the prospect tournament/main camp and more

Of Red Wings-related note this evening, in short form:

1. In the prospect department, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji engages in an "encounter" with Dennis Cholowski at the summer development camp;

2. Also in the prospect department, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin went from a healthy scratch to playing 13:04 and going 6-and-5 in the faceoff dot in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;

3. Regarding the prospect tournament and main training camp, Centre Ice Arena posted something of a primer in their monthly email newsletter, and according to the newsletter, all active and former military servicemembers and EMS, fire and police officers get free admission to the first day of training camp on September 23rd;

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Wings post Petr Mrazek’s 2016-17 mask art

From the Red Wings...

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Gordie Howe’s final tour

The Canadian Press updates the news regarding Gordie Howe and Colleen Howe's ashes being interred near the Saskatoon statue of Mr. Hockey:

Howe's son, Marty, has said some of his father's ashes will be spread in Michigan’s Bear Lake, where a similar service was held for Colleen after her death in 2009.

Howe spent the bulk of his stellar career with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

"His favourite spots are going to have my mom and dad, and Saskatoon was one of them," Marty Howe said.

Saskatoon spokeswoman Catherine Gryba explained at the time of the request that the city would take appropriate steps to safeguard and respect the ashes. They are to be encased in a special concrete vessel with a commemorative plaque on top to protect them.


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Red Wings reveal 5 new jersey numbers

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‘The Draft Analyst’ praises Filip Hronek’s Four Nations Cup performance

The Under-20 Four Nations Cup just wrapped up in the Czech Republic, and Filip Hronek captained the Czech team to a silver medal taken against the Swedes. Via DRW Prospects on Twitter, "The Draft Analyst," Steve Kournianos, weighed in on the prospects who took part in the tournament, Hronek included.

Here's what Kournianos had to say about Hronek:

LHD Filip Hronek (DET 2nd/2016): You’ll have to excuse us if we sound like a broken record, but boy can Hronek play the game of hockey. After an impressive WJC as a draft-year eligible, Hronek was the Czech Republic’s best player of any position, logging the most minutes in every situation. He made multiple impressive plays per game, and even strung together half-periods of defensive-zone dominance. Not bad for a kid listed right at six feet, but don’t even thjnk for a moment that he’s the same scrawny kid we saw at the same U20 Four Nations last August. The increase in upper body strength was evident in both his ability to pin and hold, and fend off opponents while on the move. The Red Wings have a dandy on their hands, and they’ll get to see more of him when he suits up for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.

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