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Robbie Russo’s pluses are evident for the Wings

The Traverse City Record-Eagle's James Cook wrote an article about Robbie Russo's spectacular rookie pro season with the Grand Rapids Griffins:

Russo — who played for the U.S. National Development Program for two seasons prior to four years at Notre Dame — was the leading scorer among defensemen for the Griffins in his first pro season. He scored five goals with 34 assists and was +40 with only 42 penalty minutes in 71 games.

The plus/minus stat jumps out.

"Every time you're plus-40, you're doing something right out there," Nelson said. "He was producing offensively, but the part of his game I really like is he's able to break out the puck under pressure. In today's game, you've got to get the puck out of your own end. Robbie is able to do so through his hockey sense. But also there's no panic in Robbie Russo. It's almost to a point that you want him to play more intense. He a calm, cool, collected guy. For a rookie, having that much poise is unheard of."

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Shawn Horcoff confirms he’s been hired as the Wings’ director of player development

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson spoke with Shawn Horcoff regarding his new title as the director of player development for the Red Wings:

“It’s a great opportunity for me, especially with my family settled in Detroit and my kids settled in school here,” said Horcoff, who grew up in Trail, B.C., but went to school at Michigan State University, married Cindy from Detroit and has long had a summer place in that area. He also skated with Red Wings players before Oilers training camps for years and has long known [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland.

Horcoff said he was going to retire after this season if he got a contract because there was little left in his tank. He had no interest in training camp tryouts.

The job with the Red Wings entails overseeing their drafted prospects with the American Hockey League farm team in Grand Rapids, Mich., in junior and in Europe. He’ll be running Detroit’s development camp next July and is in Traverse City, Mich., now at the annual tournament with NHL team prospects.

He didn’t want to take a year off to decompress. He’s doing a similar job to another ex-Oilers centre, Todd Marchant in Anaheim. Another former Oilers captain and assistant coach Kelly Buchberger also serves as director of hockey development in Edmonton, overseeing the prospects.

“You know me … I’m not good with doing nothing,” Horcoff said with a laugh. “I need to be doing something, and I always wanted to get into management. I can learn from probably the best organization in the National Hockey League. I did everything I could to get the job when it was presented,” he said. “I think I’m built for this role. I’ve been in the NHL trying to bring young guys along, to teach them to be better pros … I was the type of player who really had to work on his game. Do everything possible with off-ice training and summer training to get the most out of my career,” he said.

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Catchy uppy post: Wings news from Thursday and today

Of catch-up related Red Wings note this afternoon, on a source-by-source basis:

1. NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale set up this weekend's prospect tournament by speaking with Dylan Larkin:

The eight-team tournament, hosted by the Red Wings and held in the same location as their training camp, began in 1998 with four teams; it expanded to eight in 2006. The tournament has become an annual preseason ritual for coaches, general managers and scouts, providing an opportunity to evaluate their prospects against those of other teams.

"I took away a lot from competing in Traverse City," Larkin said. "I felt among all the prospects that I was right there with some of the highly touted ones. I also got a chance to play with some of the Detroit prospects for the first time and build chemistry, and it's a really good tournament to come together, play a bunch of games and have a ton of fun."

2. In the fantasy hockey category, David Satriano lists Gustav Nyquist as a "bounce-back candidate":

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Toast of Hockeytown scheduled for November 16th

From the Red Wings:

17TH Annual Toast of Hockeytown TICKETS NOW ON SALE
… Annual Event Takes Place on Wednesday, Nov. 16 on the Covered Ice at Joe Louis Arena;
VIP Pre-Party Tickets New This Year …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Foundation today announced that tickets to the 17th Annual Toast of Hockeytown are now on sale. The exclusive event is set for Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the covered ice at Joe Louis Arena. Only 550 tickets are available for this exclusive event that raises more than $200,000 annually to benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.

Fans can look forward to mingling with the entire Red Wings team, coaches, alumni and other local celebrities while enjoying live entertainment, culinary delights, drinks and desserts. Numerous local restaurants will once again participate as strolling food station partners, such as Detroit BBQ Company, Granite City, Hard Rock Café, Iridescence, Ocean Prime, Olympia Entertainment and more. The event will also feature more than 50 different wines, provided by Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, including selections from Michigan, California, France, Italy and Spain. Craft beer and spirits will also be available from Michigan’s premier establishments. Additionally, each guest will receive a commemorative Red Wings branded gift for attending.

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Wings post streaming links for prospect tournament games

FYI:

The Wings play Columbus tonight at 7:30 PM in the West Rink.

Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit has streaming links for their games on Fox Sports Go as well.

Update:

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Red Wings release 2016 training camp schedule

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Red Wings begin training camp on Sept. 23
2016 training camp schedule released for daily sessions from Sept. 23-26

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released the 2016-17 training camp schedule, which will begin on Thursday, Sept. 22 with the 17th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa prior to four days of on-ice practices from Friday, Sept. 23 to Monday, Sept. 26, held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

The Red Wings will first participate in the Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 22, which takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs in Northern Michigan.

Daily on-ice practices and scrimmages will begin on Friday, Sept. 23 with the first group slated to hit the ice at 9:30 a.m. Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be split into three teams – Team Howe, Team Lindsay and Team Yzerman – as they practice and scrimmage during camp. A full camp roster and team breakdown will be released at a later date.

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Ex MSU Hockey Player Shawn Horcoff Expected To Join The Red Wings In Player Development Role

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Signs Point To Justin Abdelkader Out Tomorrow For Team USA

Abdelkader was the odd man out today during the line rushes for Team USA.

Quick will start in goal, other than that...

 

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Roster Opportunity Exists For Anthony Mantha

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Mantha will have an excellent opportunity this preseason as injuries have sidelined captain Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen and several other players are competing in the World Cup.

Forwards Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen, Tomas Tatar and Thomas Vanek are all on World Cup teams....

One advantage Mantha has over most players is something that can’t be taught.

Forwards who are 6-foot-5, 214 pounds can be a great asset, especially when it comes to trying to block the view of some of the bigger goaltenders.

“Obviously it could help me out,” Mantha said. “I think last year was a good first year for me to do net-front. It was the first time for me practicing it. I worked on tips a lot during our practices, just getting the feel of being in the right position in front of the goalie’s eyes. So yeah, it could be a good advantage for me, being 6-4, 6-5.”

Ideally, Mantha would be playing a top-nine role among Wings forwards but he said he’s open to anything.

“To play up here, I think you can adjust your game any kind of way they want you in,” Mantha said. “Obviously for me right now it would be easier to play in the top nine, it’s just how I play, that’s my kind of game. But I’ll be ready for any kind of position they put me in.”

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Eyes Will Be On Tyler Bertuzzi During The Prospect Tournament

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings' 24-man roster features five first- or second-round picks, including Tyler Bertuzzi (58th overall in 2013), who might be closer to reaching the NHL than any other Detroit forward prospect.

Bertuzzi has had two strong playoff runs with the Griffins (14 goals, 20 points in 23 games). His first AHL regular season didn't go as well (12 goals, 30 points in 71 games).

"He's a kid that's matured on and off the ice -- not that he had problems off the ice -- but just learned how to be more of a pro, learned nutrition, how you have to get your rest," (Ryan) Martin said.

Martin credited Daniel Cleary, a friend and former teammate of Bertuzzi's uncle, Todd, for taking the prospect under his wing and mentoring him in Grand Rapids.

"This summer he made more of a commitment off the ice, living at Todd's house, training and doing off-ice conditioning in Detroit," Martin said. "The future is very bright for Tyler; our expectations of him are very high. I think he can compete for a job in Detroit and should be able to get playing time at some point this year."

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