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Holland on positional depth

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Ken Holland regarding his impressions of the Wings' summer development camp:

“Our goal is to have depth,” Holland told the Free Press while he watched over the team’s prospects this past week in Traverse City. “The young players have to make the team because they earned the job, because they take the job and make us better. They can't just make it because they are young and we think they will be good one day.”

Dylan Larkin made the Wings at 19 last autumn because he earned it. Andreas Athanasiou jumped Joakim Andersson in the lineup this past season because Athanasiou earned it with his superior skating and skill set.

After Pavel Datsyuk announced he's returning to Russia, the Wings added Frans Nielsen to be the second-line center. Thomas Vanek was added because he's a right-handed shot who is a two-time 40-goal scorer and who consistently scores in the 20-goal range. Steve Ott was added for grit and defensive skills.

“We added some vets for different reasons,” Holland said. “We want there to be competition, and the waiver wire also factors into decisions we make. If a player can be sent to the minors without waivers, he really has to take a job.

“From a development standpoint, we think it's better for a 21-22 year old to play 20 minutes a night in the AHL in all situations versus being in the NHL and playing eight or nine minutes. Athanasiou did that season, played nine minutes a night, but it was because the coaches thought in those minutes he could impact the game.”

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‘Google Translated’ + English available: Datsyuk holds a press conference in St. Petersburg

I normally don't go this route, but Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at the start of his children's hockey school in St. Petersburg, addressing his signing with SKA St. Petersburg as well as several other topics, and Sovetsky Sport's Tatiana Korokin, Sport-Express's Sergey Yaremenko, Championat's Anna Ovchinnikova and SKA St. Petersburg's webpage provided transcripts of the interview, and if you take the Google translations together, they offer a solid-enough summary of what Datsyuk had to say...

And SKA's English-language website has a fine translation of the interview available, too.

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More prospect camp scrimmage write-ups and videos

Of prospect-related note this afternoon:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned a recap of last night's scrimmage, which really starred Dylan Sadowy...

On Friday night during the Wings' first scrimmage of development camp, Sadowy had half of Team Lindsay's six goals in the 6-3 victory over Team Howe.

"They brought me in to do that," Sadowy said. "The first game you want to show that I can go to the net and get a couple goals so we'll see how things go here down the road."

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson has said this camp is for education, not evaluation, but he was impressed with Sadowy's performance.

"He had a good night," Nelson said. "Besides the goals too, I liked the way that he played. He plays hard, he's quicker than I thought he'd be. He's got good speed and he had good finish around the net."

Sadowy also blocked a shot near the end of the first half to preserve the 2-1 lead.

"That's my game," Sadowy said. "I do what it takes to win. So if it takes to block a couple shots here and there, I don't mind doing it. Even in a scrimmage. Every shift counts."

Wakiji continues, discussing Matthew Santos' injury...

The Free Press's Brandon Folsom also penned a write-up of the scrimmage...

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Audio from the fourth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The Red Wings' summer development camp involved a final day of skill development and some on-ice fitness testing today, all ahead of an 11 AM scrimmage on Sunday. After the on-ice sessions were over, the media assembled for a set of scrum interviews that actually turned out quite well.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke for about 9 minutes, discussing his takes on the evaluation process (or lack thereof) involved in this summer development camp, his impressions of the scrimmage, his take on the campers' progress from year-to-year and Tyler Bertuzzi's "closeness" to challenging for a roster spot, and he addressed the Wings' free agent moves as well:

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Jeff Blashill On Trying To Trade For A Defenseman

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although the team has a lot of depth at forward, the Wings could use some assistance on the blue line.

There is always the possibility the team could trade some of their forwards for a defenseman, but Blashill isn't counting on that to happen.

"That part, it's hard to do for sure in the league," Blashill said. "There isn't lots of trades. I just would say this, I think it's always important to have more good players at any position. We've got lots of real good players at the forward position. We'll see how the rest of the summer shakes out."

Blashill said he has other concerns.

"I think one thing we didn't talk about is how important I believe the internal growth of our players is," Blashill said. "That, to me, is more important than anything in free agency is that our young guys continue to take steps, really all our players, continue to take steps forward and guys take steps towards becoming that elite, gifted difference-maker type player that you need to have."

more from Blashill on development camp and the signed UFAs...

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Wings post development camp scrimmage highlights

The Red Wings posted Twitter-based highlights of both yesterday night's development camp scrimmage and the shootout from said game:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall talks about rehabbing his knee and the World Cup of Hockey

Niklas Krowall gave an interview to HockeySverige.se's Ronnie Ronnqvist, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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Morning news: Prospect camp notes and Griffins front office awards

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers penned a recap of the scrimmage at the Wings' summer development camp:

Dylan Sadowy made a great first impression Friday.

The left winger, who the Red Wings acquired in a May trade with San Jose, scored a hat trick in Team Lindsay’s 6-3 victory over Team Howe during Friday’s scrimmage at Centre ICE in Traverse City — Detroit prospects’ first chance to compete in game-like action.

“They brought me in to (be a goal scorer),” Sadowy said. “The first game I showed I can go to the net and get a couple goals. We’ll see how things go here down the road.”

The Woodbridge, Ontario product took a nice feed by Christoffer Ehn and buried his first goal to give Lindsay a 2-0 lead.

Lindsay already led 1-0 following a goal by 2015 fifth-round forward Chase Pearson on a power play, assisted on a beautiful pass by 2016 first-round defenseman Dennis Cholowski.

“It was pretty cool. Every guys likes to get points,” Cholowski said. “It was a good shot by my teammate, and I’m happy I got the assist.”

Somers continues...

2. And Winging It in Motown's SlapshotGoal posted a set of player analyses:

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Jeff Blashill On Pressure And The UFA Signings

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

"It's the same thing I got asked last year," Blashill said Friday before the Red Wings development camp scrimmage at Center I.C.E. Arena. "I think there's always pressure in this job and there always will be and I welcomed that when I took the job.

"But really, I don't spend lots of time worrying about what could happen bad. I spend all my time worrying about how we're going to do things to make sure we win."...

"Frans Nielsen was somebody that we thought was real important, losing Pavel (Datsyuk), to get a real quality centerman," Blashill said. "He's somebody that when I talk to the opposing coaches that they played against in the playoffs, they thought he did a great job against them. So that was, I thought, important.

"We thought Thomas Vanek – I've known him since he was in the USHL and watched him in college and know guys who have coached him – he's got a lot of talent, he's a big body that can score goals, he's a right shot. So there could be a real good fit there.

"Steve Ott ... I just thought his energy level is awesome. He's going to bring accountability and energy to our locker room, which I think you can never have enough of that and he obviously brings a certain style of play that can be real beneficial for us."...

"I thought the re-signing of Darren Helm was as important as any of them," Blashill said. "We really wanted Darren back. He brings great speed, great tenacity. He's a winner. He's the type of player I think you can win with.

"He can play on the power play, kill penalties, play up and down your lineup. So I was excited that we were able to sign him. "


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Impressions from the scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The first of two scrimmages took place at the Red Wings' summer development camp on Friday, with "Team Lindsay" defeating "Team Howe" 6-3 on the stregth of a Dylan Sadowy hat trick.

The Wings' prospects played a spirited, competitive game that was high-intensity by summer hockey standards and fairly strong overall, and as I tend to say at this point in summer development camps, the margins between the players who are experiencing the high points of their careers as free agent invitees and those who will go on to NHL careers continue to grow narrower and narrower.

There wasn't a player on the ice for either team that had a "bad game," though some shone more than others, and experience--be it professional or amateur--tended to rule the roost in terms of the players that stood out, with a few exceptions.

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