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Jeff Blashill On Justin Abdelkader

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"To me, that wasn't an anomaly; that was his maturation process of learning how to survive in the league to then getting a little bit more ice time to now being who Justin Abdelkader is," Blashill said. "What you saw last year is what I believe he is.

"He's a guy who's physical, a guy who can be a really good complementary player on a line -- and I say complementary in the sense that he can add a different element to a couple of skill players. But he can score goals and make offensive plays. It's his responsibility to go out and do it on a daily basis to show that he can continue that."

The Red Wings traveled to Traverse City Wednesday for training camp. They'll undergo physicals and off-ice testing on Thursday and begin practices and scrimmages Friday at Centre I.C.E. Arena.

It appears Abdelkader will be skating on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist, like he did much of last season. Abdelkader said he wants to build off last year, which ended on a sour note after a late-season hand injury (broken fingers) caused him to miss the first two games of the playoffs against Tampa Bay.

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Press Event Announced For NHL Stadium Series At Coors Field

WHEN:   Monday, September 21 at 11 a.m. MT

WHERE:  Coors Field

 WHO:    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins; Colorado Avalanche President Josh Kroenke; Detroit Red Wings Special Assistant to General Manager Kris Draper; Colorado Rockies Owner, Chairman & CEO Richard Monfort; Colorado Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog; MillerCoors Director, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Adam Dettman

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Top Players From The Prospect Tournament

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Dylan Larkin – Another top player in the tourney, Larkin lived up to billing. He’s fast, fearless and has great awareness. Put up nice offensive numbers while still being that guy you can always trust in your lineup.

Tyler Bertuzzi – The Wings didn’t play great in the title game, but Bertuzzi was a beast. His combination of nastiness and skill reminds me of Brad Marchand or Brendan Gallagher and Todd’s nephew has a crazy competitive spark in his game.

Andreas Athanasiou – His speed is incredible when he turns on the jets and Athanasiou was even blocking shots to preserve a key win against Dallas. Great wrist shot, too. His tournament ended on a down note when he sparked a mini-riot by shooting the puck at Kerby Rychel as time expired in the final.

Evgeny Svechnikov – For a teenager in his first Traverse City tournament, Svechnikov looked really solid. He uses his big body along the boards and is willing to pay the price. The hands are pretty nifty too when he’s around the net.

Anthony Mantha – It’s no secret that defense and engagement away from the puck are needs for Mantha. The scoring acumen is there, but those other areas need improvement.

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Any Room For Anthony Mantha On The Wings?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The fact that Mantha has a year already under Blashill certainly won’t hurt, but it’s difficult to see where he fits in the lineup. He’ll have a difficult time supplanting anyone in the Red Wings top three lines and the fourth line already has Luke Glendening between Drew Miller and Landon Ferraro penciled in. And that’s without including Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and fellow prospect Dylan Larkin. The way the Red Wings see it, having Mantha establish himself as an impact player in the AHL is better than having him see spot duty on the fourth line in the NHL.

“For me, it’s a fresh start,” Mantha said. “I’m here focused and trying to impress. I’d like to play maybe eight exhibition games, then 10 games, 20 games, 30 games, I don’t know. My goal is to play the whole season up there, but you never know what the future holds.”

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Break Day And Your Thoughts

Today should be a slow news day as the Wings travel to Traverse City.

I hope George will get some rest after a pretty hectic week of work, he deserves some time to wind down and prepare for the upcoming days.

So with that, what are you expecting from the training camp,

Are you looking at particular players, line combinations, etc.

Me, I am very interested to see how Dylan Larkin performs against established NHL players.

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The overnight report: On ‘fundamentals,’ Franzen and prospects

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

As WZZM 13 notes, the Red Wings are making the trip to Traverse City this morning to kick off a 4-day training camp which begins on Friday...

The Detroit Red Wings are less than a week away from their first preseason game, and as they begin their quest for the Stanley Cup, they've got a training camp roster of 72 to whittle down.

The Wings posted their training camp roster on their website Tuesday. Forty-one forwards, 24 defensemen, and seven goalies will take to the ice from Thursday, September 17, to Monday, September 21, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.

Tickets for practice sessions cost $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating, and $20 for the mezzanine. You can buy tickets for training camp at Centre Ice Arena's website.

And Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke bluntly regarding his goals for the three days' worth of on-ice sessions and next Monday's Red vs. White game, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:

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3-on-3 suits Griffins coach Todd Nelson just fine

TSN's Frank Seravalli spoke with several NHL luminaries about 3-on-3 overtime's wrinkles and finnicky tricks, including someone with some experience coaching teams playing 3-on-3 in Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson:

“The interesting thing will be watching how coaches figure out what system to play,” Todd Nelson said from Traverse City, Mich., on Tuesday. “There are a lot of nuances to 3-on-3, depending on personnel, style and aggressiveness.”

Nelson, 46, is now head coach of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. He spent the bulk of last season as the Oilers’ head coach, replacing Dallas Eakins, but he also prepared the Oklahoma City Barons in training camp for a season with an AHL-best 14 overtime wins.

For the most part, Nelson said the Barons used two forwards and one defenceman. Depending on the makeup of his roster, Nelson said he “wouldn’t hesitate” to use three forwards or even three defencemen at a time, particularly if they were mobile.

“This will be about puck possession more than anything,” Nelson said. “You have to have the balanced mindset that you’re not going to sit back, but you still have to play good defence. I think you’re going to see coaches develop a lot to see if they can produce 2-on-1s, whether that’s by turning back and regrouping and gaining more speed.

“It will also help quite a bit if you have a goalie who can play the puck well. You’ll see teams start to send guys in that case to see if they can spring a break.”

Seravalli continues...

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Impressions from the Red Wings’ 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Red Wings' prospects dropped a 5-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets' prospects on Tuesday evening, surrendering the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup and finishing in second place at the prospect tournament--which is still the Wings' second-best-ever finish at the tournament. The Blue Jackets celebrated with their trophy...

And the Red Wings had the small solace of having driven Columbus to distraction to the very bitter end of a hard-fought game:

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Audio from the Red Wings’ 5-2 loss to Columbus

The Detroit Red Wings ran into some inevitabiilty in the form of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, and the slightly under-manned and physically tired Red Wings dropped a 5-2 decision to Columbus to drop the championship game of the prospect tournament.

The Red Wings didn't play poorly by any stretch of the imagination, but the stacked Blue Jackets had dropped a "meaningless" game the night before, while the Wings had almost emptied their tanks rallying against the Dallas Stars, and the lack of physical and emotional energy caught up with a Wings team that trailed from all of 1:16 into the 1st, when Nick Moutrey scored a fluky goal that went in off Jake Paterson's back, onward, and by the time the Wings were down 4-1 in the 2nd period, it felt like there just wasn't anything left for the Wings to give.

The team's moral victory came in not surrendering a sixth goal while pulling Jake Paterson for the vast majority of the final five minutes of play, but the Wings were also unable to solve goaltender Joonas Korpisalo despite one and at times two-man advantages, so the Wings fell short of their ultimate goal.

The players will have a day off tomorrow, regroup for a prospects' practice on Thursday and take part in the main training camp on Friday.

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Prospect news: Wings’ European prospects are back at work

Okay, let's get this going. The Red Wings' European prospects are hard at work, and DRW Prospects on Twitter is tracking them.

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Christoffer Ehn finished at -1 with 15:26 played in BIK Karlskoga's 6-3 win over Asploven HC;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 9:06 in TPS Turku's 4-3 loss to Karpat Oulu, and I believe this is the second or third game for TPS Turku;

And in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 5:43 in SKA St. Petersburg's 4-2 loss to Dynamo Minsk. The KHL has been playing hockey for three weeks now.

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