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From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, Ken Kal and the Wings:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: Andersson entered the season feeling quicker and more energized after being hampered by an illness the second half of 2013-14. But it didn't translate into success on the ice, especially early on when he was a frequent scratch.
After showing some promise as a rookie in 2013, Andersson's role essentially has been taken by the more abrasive Luke Glendening the past two seasons. Andersson has the size and defensive instincts suitable for a fourth-line center, and he's a good penalty killer, but he lacks physicality and grit. He had 51 hits and blocked shots combined in 68 games last season, compared to 220 hits and blocked shots combined in 82 games for Glendening.
Depending on injuries and how coach Jeff Blashill arranges his lines, Andersson could still start the season as the fourth-line center, or play on the wing, as he did much of last season. He could be competing with the speedier Landon Ferraro for a spot in the lineup.
With several young forwards poised to make the leap from Grand Rapids to Detroit in the next couple of seasons (including Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Bertuzzi), Andersson's future here remains in doubt.
Key question: Does Andersson have a future with this organization?
NHL.com's "30 in 30" series focuses on the Red Wings this morning, and in addition to a video spotlighting the team...
We begin with the obvious in NHL.com's Paul Harris' discussion of Jeff Blashill's hiring as Mike Babcock's replacement, as well as the signings of Mike Green and Brad Richards to shore up the Wings' defensive corps and center ice, respectively:
Two items of Red Wings-related note are available as of midnight (there's more to come).
First, the Free Press's Helene St. James poffers a scouting report of Darren Helm that, well, yields something I never thought I'd say--by this time next summer, if they continue to have "career years," Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm might be taking up $8+ million in salary cap space, and they might be worth it.
LOOKING AHEAD: This is a big season for Helm — he’ll be eligible to get his first shot at the unrestricted free-agent market. It’s doubtful it ever gets that far, though, as the Wings will want to re-sign him because fast forwards with size and scoring ability are rare. Somewhere in the $4-million range should work.
Helm has worked his way up from bottom-six to top-six forward and should enter this season brimming with confidence after a productive and healthy year. He could find himself starting the year next to newcomer Brad Richards, which should allow for ample scoring opportunities. Helm is entering what is considered a hockey player’s prime, and few players aren’t a little bit more motivated when there’s a new contract at play, too.
This is pretty damn impressive. Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a list of 'Games to Watch' for all major Michigan hockey teams during the 15-16 season, from the National Team Development Program in Plymouth to the Red Wings (and everywhere in between):
We’re more than halfway through August, which means we are incredibly close to the start of hockey season. The MiHockey staff has been working on our coverage plans for the upcoming campaign, and we figured why not share some of the highlighted games and events we are putting on our calendars?
Here is a look at some of the significant games Michigan’s pro, NCAA, OHL and USHL teams will be playing in over the upcoming hockey season. As you will see from a quick scroll, there are way too many to list, but we’re giving it a try.
We should note, of course, that the Grand Rapids Griffins’ schedule is not finalized just yet. We have information for a few of GRG’s home games, so we have included those, but they don’t have opponents for said dates just yet. All of the games listed below are ‘away vs. home’ and we have included any relevant extra information in the parenthesis after the match-up.
Caples continues with a lengthy schedule...
From Hometown Life's Bill Emons...
The 2015 Joe Kocur Foundation for Children Softball Classic will be Saturday, Aug. 22, at Duck Lake Pines Park, 1241 N. Duck Lake Road, Highland.
The day is sponsored by Pepsi Co. and Meijer and will consist of three softball games. Games times are at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and will include local law enforcement and firefighters from Milford, Highland and White Lake playing against the celebrity team.
From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' new jerseys. They've gone to black-gray-red-and-white with the "Griffzilla" logo:
Here's the Griffins' press release...
NHL.com will be issuing its "30 in 30" series' coverage of the Red Wings early tomorrow morning, and NHL.com's teasing the four-to-five-article season preview coverage with a 3-minute video summarizing Dan Rosen's take on the team:
ESPN's Cory Pronman has ranked the Red Wings' prospects via an Insider-only entry, so here are the rankings...
Top 10 Red Wings Prospects
Note: Number in parentheses is overall prospect rank
Rank Name, Pos
1 Dylan Larkin, C (10)
2 Evgeni Svechnikov, LW (21)
3 Axel Holmstrom, C (33)
4 Joe Hicketts, D (53)
5 Anthony Mantha, LW (70)
6 Xavier Ouellet, D (99)
7 Tyler Bertuzzi, LW (HM)
8 Andreas Athanasiou, LW (HM)
9 Alexei Marchenko, D
10 Villi Saarijarvi, D
And here's his take on what we should see coming out of training camp:
Though this would go against Detroit tradition, I expect Larkin will make a strong case as a teenager to make the team out of camp, or at the very least he'll be a midseason call-up. Xavier Ouellet and Marchenko should also be making cases during camp.
Pronman continues and discusses Bertuzzi, Athanasiou, Marchenko, Sproul and Saarijrarvi.
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