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Morning news: Videos of Ouellet and Datsyuk’s hockey school and a profile of Kyle Criscuolo

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan posted a clip of Xavier Ouellet discussing his chances of making the team...

2. This is not a sponsored post, I just spotted this online: Gold Star Hockey posted a video from Pavel Datsyuk's skill development camp at Orchard Lake St. Mary's this past June:

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Evening news: More Zetterberg discussion, prospect news and Instagram fun

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. As part of his conversation with the media today, Henrik Zetterberg addressed a potential positional change to playing on the wing, which may reduce his workload, as the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness noted:

“When you’re a winger you don’t work as much in your own end as you do at center,” Zetterberg said. “Then again, we’ll see how much wing and how much center I will play. So the workload will probably be a little less if I’m a winger but then again if I play wing I will probably wind up in my own end, too, so it’s not that big a difference the way it has been the last few years.”

Zetterberg could miss the start of training camp due to the knee injury, but he feels he’ll be 100 percent once the season begins.

“We’ve got plenty of time now, I didn’t have that if I was going to the World Cup,” Zetterberg said. “Missing camp, obviously it’s not optimal. You want to be up there, you want to be with the guys and skate with them, but if I’m not, I will still be up there, maybe not participate as long.”

Zetterberg also addressed his decision to skip the World Cup, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted:

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Here’s Jimmy Howard’s 2016-17 season mask

From the Red Wings:

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Afternoon news: Zetterberg discusses several topics; on the prospect tournament & 1998 playoff goals

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. In addition to discussing the status of his healing knee, Henrik Zetterberg addressed his desire to remain robust as he touched upon a host of topics in a conversation with DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

“One of those things is manage your time, not just on the ice but off the ice, too,” Zetterberg said. “Find different ways to be fresh. If that means working more in the gym or working less in the gym, you got to find your times or find your moments to be fresh. I think that’s what’s kind of got me the last two years. I ran out of gas. You can’t play hockey at this level when you’re out of gas. That’s one of the things we’re going to play around with this year and hopefully it works.”

Zetterberg said he’s encouraged by the additions the Wings made in the offseason, signing forwards Frans Nielsen, Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek.

“Frans and I know each other,” Zetterberg said. “We played back in Sweden. Actually his wife is from my hometown in Sweden so we know each other. I think it was a great addition, probably one of the most underrated players in the league, done a really job on the Island for many years. I think we’re all pretty thrilled to have him on our team.”

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Datsyuk dishes on systems play killing creativity in the NHL

Pavel Datsyuk spoke with the media after Team Russia's practice at the UPMC center on Monday, and he discussed what he perceives to be a lack of creativity at the NHL level while speaking with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey:

“There are not many creative players now,” Datsyuk said following Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Sunday. “It’s less and less every year. There’s lots of talent, but teams are playing more systems.”

Watch Datsyuk for two minutes, and it’s not hard to see what makes him so unique. Videos of Datsyuk swiping pucks from offensive players are all over YouTube. His artistry lifting sticks and instantly turning defense into offense earned him nicknames like “The King of Steals” and “Magic Man.”

Datsyuk won the Selke Trophy three consecutive years from 2007-10 as the NHL’s best defensive forward. He also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (sportsmanship) four consecutive times from 2006-09 while averaging 29 goals and 88 points a season during a five-year stretch from 2005-10.

Not bad for an undersized player (5-foot-11, 184 pounds) who wasn’t drafted until the sixth round in 1998.

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‘After they play for the world, they play for you’ commercial is slick

This isn't Red Wings-related, but I believe that it merits an entry: the NHL has produced a Liev Schreiber-narrated commercial whose tag line is, "After they play for the world, they play for you," and the minute-long clip is very slickly produced:

The NHL did a great job of playing up the concept that our "local heroes" don't have to be from the cities they represent to represent the spirit of their cities, and I think this is the perfect way to sell "going back to NHL hockey" after the World Cup. Really slick stuff here.

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Mid-day news: Zetterberg addresses his knee issue; on the Wings’ cap situation & the ‘Hockeytown 5K’

Updated 2x at 12:49 PM: 1. The Red Wings engaged in a captain's practice at Joe Louis Arena this morning, and the captain addressed his knee issue in conversations with the media, as noted in video form by MLive's Ansar Khan:

2. TSN's Frank Seravalli provides some clarification regarding the Red Wings' salary cap situation...

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Custance: Larkin carving out a 4th line spot on Team North America

ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry discussing nine takeaways from Team North America's impressive weekend of World Cup exhibition wins, and he included an observation regarding Dylan Larkin's two-goal performance on Sunday:

Larkin opens some eyes: After observing practices all week with Team North America, it sure looked as though Dylan Larkin was going to be the odd man out for McLellan. The top six is jammed; the third line is a heavy line; and it might even be hard for Larkin to find time on the penalty kill, with Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Vincent Trocheck and McDavid getting a long look there.

But he did exactly what he had to do on Sunday to get the coach’s attention, which he no doubt did. He’ll be hard to pull out of the lineup after scoring twice.

When a player sits and then gets the call, the coach is looking to see whether he can make an impact on the game. Larkin did exactly that.

“Dylan’s speed was evident,” McLellan said. “I thought he played a good role where he was. ... We’ll have some work ahead of us as a staff before we play in Pittsburgh to determine what we’re going to do with our lines.”

Custance continues, and it's a little strange for Larkin to play on the 4th line, but if he does, it will be good for his development

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Svechnikov ready to turn pro

MLive's Brendan Savage penned a profile of Evgeny Svechnikov this morning, noting that Svechnikov will begin his pro career with the Grand Rapids Griffins this fall:

The way the Detroit Red Wings see it, Evgeny Svechnikov has accomplished all he can in junior hockey.

Svechnikov scored 32 goals in back-to-back seasons with Cape Breton of the QMJHL and didn't appear out of place during his pro debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins during the AHL playoffs last spring.

They think it's time for their 2015 first-round draft pick to play professionally full time.

Svechnikov agrees.

"I learned a lot in junior hockey," said Svechnikov, the 19th overall pick in the 2015 draft. "I had a good coach and I think I'm ready. "Done with junior hockey now. So excited. Have to be ready as much as I can.

"Of course it's very exciting. First season pro. We'll see. I'm not going to think a lot. Just day by day."

Savage continues...

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Practice Tweets: Wings take part in a ‘captain’s practice’ at the Joe

Updated at 11:03 PM: The Red Wings have opened Joe Louis Arena to the media this morning, and the Wings are on the ice:

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