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Justin Adbelkader Will Play Today

An open post for the game will go live at 3:10pm ET in the KK Hockey section if you feel like discussing the game.


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Impressions from the morning skate at the 2nd day of the Red Wings’ prospect tournament ‘16

As stated in the audio post, the Red Wings' prospects took an optional morning skate ahead of today's matinee game (4 PM EDT start on Fox Sports Go and DetroitRedWings.com) against the Chicago Blackhawks, and that meant that the vast majority of the Wings' roster was held off the ice to prepare for the team's second game in 21 hours.

Luke Kirwan, Adam Marsh, Justin Brazeau, Alex Globke, Matthew Caito and goaltenders Stephen Dhillon and Connor Hicks worked with Griffins assistant coaches Bruce Ramsay and Ben Simon. Jeff Salajko's understudy goaltending coach gave Dhillon and Hicks a workout; the 4 forwards and defenseman (Caito) worked on four drills under Ramsay and Simon's guidance, all encompassing defensemen playing the puck up the ice.

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Audio from the morning skate at the 2nd day of the Wings’ prospect tournament ‘16, Horcoff included

The Red Wings' prospects took an optional skate ahead of today's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (4 PM on Fox Sports Go and DetroitRedWings.com), so only Luke Kirwan, Adam Marsh, Justin Brazeau, Alex Globke, Mathew Caito and goaltenders Stephen Dhillon and Connor Hicks worked with Griffins coaches Ben Simon, Bruce Ramsay, and goaltender Jeff Salajko's understudy.

After practice, myself, NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale and DetroitRedWings.com's Joshua Berenter spoke with players who skipped the optional (the rest of the roster).

Joe Hicketts addressed the Wings' slightly sloppy first period and ultimate 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, Hicketts discussed his role on the team as a #1 defenseman playing nearly seamlessly alongside Robbie Russo, he addressed his attempts to add an extra step, and Hicketts duly noted that he, like every player, hopes that they will make the Wings' roster, even though Hicketts said that he "has an idea about where he'll end up":

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Pavel Datsyuk With A Few Detroit Related Questions And Answers

from Pavel Lysenko of SovSport (roughly translated),

- What did you talk with genmenedzherom "Detroit" Ken Holland, when he came in Pittsburgh to the side during a training session Russian national team?
- It was a formal meeting before rolling. Just a few questions on family matters.

- Fans of "Red Wings" alarmed - say, after you Henrik Zetterberg can leave the "Detroit."
- I think that if Zetterberg leave unlikely. The captain left the club and prove everyone.

- What is the future of these children, Dylan Larkin?
- This is a very good striker with great potential. And the club is rejuvenation, and it pleases.

- And why the "Detroit" as part of so many Swedes? Maybe scout working out?
- Not without this, of course. Yet the Swedes proved themselves very well, a lot of players from Sweden are now in the NHL.

more from Datsyuk on the World Cup (again roughly translated)...

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Impressions from the Red Wings’ win over Columbus at the prospect tournament ‘16

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets' prospects 6-4 on Friday night, and the Wings will be right back at it, presumably with Jake Paterson in net again, when they tangle with the Chicago Blackhawks at 4 PM Saturday (on Fox Sports Go and DetroitRedWings.com).

The box score speaks for itself...

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Ken Holland discusses the Wings’ hiring of Shawn Horcoff with Khan, Duff

The Red Wings named Shawn Horcoff their director of player development on Friday, and Horcoff himself confirmed the news to the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson. Ken Holland explained the hiring to MLive's Ansar Khan...

"I've known Shawn a little bit because he lives in Detroit and went to Michigan State," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "Kris Draper knows him very well. We interviewed him and talked to a lot of people that know him. We felt he'd be good at this job."

Horcoff, who is at the annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, will oversee the organization's prospects in North America and Europe. He will be running Detroit's development camp next July.


Horcoff, who turns 38 on Saturday, has lived in Michigan for years and often skated with Red Wings and other local NHL players prior to training camp.

Fischer served as the Red Wings' director of player development for nine years.

"Jiri Fischer came to me this summer and said he loves the job but wanted the opportunity to grow as an executive and would like to get into the player evaluation side of the industry," Holland said.

And the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

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Audio from the Red Wings’ win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the prospect tournament ‘16

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets' prospects 6-4 on Friday night, pulling off something of an upset as the motley crew of prospects and Griffins signings took out Zach Werenski, Sonny Milano and the rest of Columbus's highly-ranked repeat tournament champion team.

Griffins signings Mike Borkowski scored two goals, Kyle Criscuolo scored and registered 2 assists, Evgeny Svechnikov, Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Sadowy scored for the Wings and Jake Paterson was stronger than his 23 saves on 27 shots indicated.

After the game, myself, DetroitRedWings.com's Joshua Bernreuter and Hooked on Hockey Magazine's Kevin Sporka spoke with Criscuolo regarding his production and the importance of coming together and knocking off the Blue Jackets...

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Here’s the Wings’ press release regarding Shawn Horcoff’s hiring

From the Red Wings:

… Jiri Fischer Transitioning to New Role in Player Evaluation …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that Shawn Horcoff has been hired as Director of Player Development. Additionally, the team announced that Jiri Fischer is transitioning to a new role in player evaluation.

Horcoff, 37, is a veteran of 1,008 NHL games since 2000-01, totaling 511 points (186-325-511) and 624 penalty minutes. He spent most of his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers (2000-13), serving as team captain from 2010-13 and producing a career-high 73 points (22-51-73) in 2005-06 while helping the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Final. Horcoff also spent two seasons with the Dallas Stars (2013-15) and played for the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015-16 campaign. A 2008 NHL All-Star, Horcoff was originally a fourth-round pick (99th overall) of the Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

The Trail, British Columbia, native previously spent time in Michigan while skating with the Michigan State Spartans for four seasons, racking up 152 points (50-102-152) in 155 games from 1996-00. The Spartans were two-time CCHA champions (1998 and 2000) during Horcoff’s collegiate career, which he capped off by winning the CCHA Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward Award in 1999-00. He was also a Hobey Baker Award finalist as the top player in college hockey and was named to the CCHA All-Academic Team for the second consecutive season. Horcoff also represented Canada three times on the international circuit at the IIHF World Championship, winning two gold medals and one silver.

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Detroit Injury Updates And A PTO Signing

via Ansar Khan tweets,

#RedWings announce Shawn Horcoff's hire as director of player development. Jiri Fischer wanted to move to player evaluation role with team.

#RedWings Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall won't be ready for start of camp but Ken Holland expects both to be ready for season opener.

#RedWings Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder) has been cleared for light skating and shooting but not close to returning.

#RedWings Tomas Jurco (back surgery last month) still more than a month away.

Daniel Cleary coming to #RedWings camp on a pro tryout.

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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."

Cook continues...

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