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Afternoon news: On ‘the first-rounders,’ Mantha, Tatar and Hicketts

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings' Red vs. White game ended in a 5-4 victory for team White, and the Wings posted a few pictures from the game, including one thanking the legion of volunteers who make the tournament work:



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Audio from the Red vs. White game at the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

The White team defeated the Red team 5-4 on Monday, wrapping up the Red Wings training camp with a rousing affair. Anthony Mantha registered 2 goals and an assist, Libor Sulak stood out with a goal and an assist, Tomas Tatar patted home the winner with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, and while he wasn't able to win the game, Tom McCollum was valiant in goal (despite his save percentage, Tom made some stellar saves and got beaten by 5 beautiful goals) as he faced 21 shots in the second "half."

After the game, Henrik Zetterberg, who didn't take part in the Red vs. White affair due to "veteran's privilege," spoke with the media, addressing his status (okay), the split-squad training camp (with an emphasis on NHL'ers on Team Delvecchio), his belief that the team's power play will get things turned around, and his take on the exhibition season to come:

Tomas Tatar scored the game-winning goal, so he discussed his accomplishment with the press, and Tatar was very forthcoming while discussing training camp, his take on the younger players who took part in the Red vs. White game, his feelings about the skate test and heart monitors providing feedback and his belief that the Wings need to be a welcoming place to their new teammates:

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A Look At Recent First Round Picks By The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They look to one another for inspiration, ask questions, and above all keep pushing themselves.

Training camp for the most promising of thee younger Detroit Red Wings generation is a chance to measure themselves against veterans, and a great opportunity to learn. Now over the coming  days recent first-round draft picks Evgeny Svechnikov (2015, 19th overall), Dennis Cholowski (2016, 20th) and Michael Rasmussen (2017, 9th) will get a chance to further their development as the Wings embark on exhibition season.

Svechnikov, who turns 21 in October, is coming off his first year of pro hockey, which saw him reach 20 goals among 51 points in 74 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He produced another dozen points in 19 playoff games as the Griffins became Calder Cup champions.

continued with remarks from Shawn Horcoff...

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Lineup For Today’s Red & White Game

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Bob McKenzie with an AA update

TSN's Bob McKenzie provides and Andreas Athanasiou update:

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Ken Daniels discusses his new book

The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers spoke with Ken Daniels regarding his new book, "If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Red Wings' Ice, Locker Room and Press Box":

"It's my life story," Daniels said. "A chapter on Mickey (Redmond). A chapter on Scotty (Bowman). Funny moments that happened on the road."

Daniels said part of why he wanted to write the book was to describe what it's been like to work his dream job of calling hockey games.

"I'm doing something I wanted to do since the age of 10," Daniels said. "To be able to do that, I don't feel like I've worked day in my life."

Daniels said the premise of the book is two-fold. One, follow your dreams. Two, be prepared when the opportunity to accomplish your dreams arises.

"I literally dreamed it because I went to bed listening to hockey play by play in my head with Foster Hewitt in Toronto," Daniels said. "People say you're so lucky. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. For anyone, if you're prepared at what you do and you visualize what you're gonna do, when the opportunity comes — are you lucky you met someone? Maybe. Or you're lucky you run into someone or someone gives someone your name, but if you're not prepared to take advantage when that opportunity arises, it goes for naught."

Somers' notebook continues at length...

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MSM takes from the third day of the Red Wings’ training camp

Of Red Wings-related note from the mainstream media covering training camp, on a source-by-source basis:

A. Detroit Red Wings:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned an article about Anthony Mantha's desire to become more than an "everyday'er" with the Red Wings:

"There's a little stress that's gone from last year, for sure," Mantha said. "I need to get (coach Jeff Blashill) to have in confidence in me in the D zone when I have the puck, when I don't have the puck. I think I did a pretty good job last year, I need to keep going that way. It's still a learning curve."

Mantha said he is looking to be a more consistent player like Zetterberg has established himself to be over the years.

"I don't want to have a slump this year," Mantha said. "I want to have the best year I could. This year's my contract year. I also need to focus for that. I just want to be a good player in general and try to help the team out."

Wakiji continues, also discussing Michael Rasmussen's camp and the dreaded skating test...

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner penned an article about Tomas Tatar...

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Impressions from the third day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

The Red Wings engaged in one final day of instruction prior to Monday's Red vs. White game, punctuating a complicated set of drills with the dreaded "skating test," in which players must skate up and down the rink three times through four circuits, with 3, 2 and 1 minute of rest in between intervals. Between the skating tests and the fact that the players are wearing heart monitors, the Red Wings are montioring the players' fitness and recovery levels with tremendous precision, but as coach Blashill said today, there's nothing like seeing guys gassed to send a message to an already extremely fit team.

The Wings' players emerged from a long day (there were video sessions as early as 8:20 AM ahead of a 9:30 practice, so it was a busy day for most everyone) a little tired and occasionally banged-up (see: Niklas Kronwall [back spasms], Eric Tangradi [knee], Givani Smith [lower-body] as the headliners).

With the Red vs. White game scheduled for Monday (preceded by a non-game-day player practice at 10 AM) and the preseason starting with 3 games to be played over the course of 3 nights starting Tuesday, the Wings need as many bodies on deck as possible, so several players did not take part in the skate test (Zetterberg and Abdelkader, for example) from each "team."

Minus any scrimmages, and having spent much of my time waiting for interviews, there was only so much time for player evaluation, but between Friday's lines, Saturday's observations and today's viewing, I believe I've got a solid handle on the vast majority of the Wings' campers.

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Audio from the third day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up the instructional portion of their training camp with a combination of drills dedicated to offensive and defensive positioning, and the three "teams" taking part in camp were given a visceral and visual indication of their fitness levels by taking part in a "skating test," in which skaters had to do three laps of the rink with 3, 2 and then 1 minute of rest between intervals.

Even some of the Wings' best players were gassed after the skating test, and it was surprising to see who stood out when the wind grew harder to suck out of the air.

After practice, Gustav Nyquist spoke with the media regarding his off-season, his desire to form a more consistently productive trio with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar, his take on Andreas Athanasiou's contract negotiations and more...

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Luke Witkowski Will Bring A Gritty Game With Him

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He moves up and down the ice well. That skating ability, combined with his tenacity and toughness, are traits he hopes earns him a regular spot in the Detroit Red Wings lineup.

"I feel like I can skate with just about anybody," Witkowski said Saturday during Red Wings training camp. "And my work ethic; got to work hard every day and pay attention to detail."

Witkowski (6-3, 214) has appeared in only 54 NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the Red Wings believe he can provide toughness. That's why they signed him to a two-year, $1.5 million contract the first day of free agency July 1.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and I can play that gritty game," Witkowski, 27, said. "So, I'll bring the chippiness."

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Also from today's practice in Traverse City, Kronwall is still out with back spasms.

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