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Anthony Mantha Knows His Compete Level Must Increase

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Mantha said he hasn't lost his confidence and is determined to get back on track.

"Confidence is a huge thing; during the season you have ups and downs, but you always need to come back to your confidence," he said. "You can't think about what you're doing on the ice but react. That's the main point."

Jiri Fischer, Detroit's director of player development, can sense Mantha is trying his best to maintain his confidence and improve areas of his game.

"Confidence is the hardest thing to keep, and learning to love to battle and how to outplay someone is essential in order to play [in the NHL]," Fischer said. "When he played junior, nobody could separate him from the puck down low. Now he's learning how to do that at the men's game playing against guys the same size, and it's not easy. It's a learning experience.

"But the thing is we believe in Anthony and we're excited about his future."

Mantha, who has been criticized at times for being too inconsistent, realizes he needs to treat each opportunity he gets as his last.

"It's my defense zone and one-on-one battles; competing every day," Mantha said. "That's the message [the coaches] told me last year. That's the message I trained with this summer in order to get better."

It's likely Mantha will spend the entire year in Grand Rapids in order to gain a better understanding of the pro game under the tutelage of coach Todd Nelson, who is serving as coach of the Red Wings prospects this week.


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‘Two Things’: On Chris Chelios, author and Tyler Bertuzzi

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. From the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrolowski:

As a hockey player, Chris Chelios was always in the thick of things on the ice.

Monday was no different for Chelios, who was positioned at a table between the two rinks hosting the action for the NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre ICE Arena, signing copies of his book "Made in America" for fans during two 90-minute sessions.

"There's always a great showing here in Traverse City, so I figured I'd get rid of a lot of books here," said the former Red Wings' star.

The book came out about a year ago, but Chelios had plenty of copies remaining to unload, with a stack in boxes next to the table where he was seated. He said the book covered his entire life through his 26-year career in the NHL.

"Basically, (it covers) the path I took," said Chelios. "I wanted to thank a bunch of people who played a hand in my career. It's a pretty easy reading book. A couple of good stories. I kept it 'PG.'"

Dobrolowski continues...

2. And from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Impressions from the Red Wings’ 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars

So the Red Wings' prospects defeated the Dallas Stars 5-4 in the semifinal at Detroit's prospect tournament, rallying from a 4-2, 3rd period deficit on a power play marker from Robbie Russo and two goals from Andreas Athanasiou.

With the audio posted and my friend Jim Schoensee having added the anatomy of a game-winning goal to the mix...

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Audio from the Red Wings’ 5-4 win over Dallas

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects won a back-and-forth game against the Dallas Stars, rallying from a 4-2 third period deficit via a power play tally from Robbie Russo and a pair of Andreas Athanasiou goals to sew up an appearance the tournament championship game against Columbus, defeating Dallas 5-4 and overcoming a 3-point performance from former Wings prospect Mattias Janmark in the process.

Detroit scored the game's first goal and had come into the 3rd period tied 2-2, so witnessing the Stars score a pair of Janmark-assisted markers to take a 4-2 lead all of 4-and-a-half minutes in was a dreadful feeling, but the Wings rallied and then some after Robbie Russo's point shot at 7:41 gave the Wings life, and after Andreas Athanasiou tied the game at 15:27, his breakaway game-winner, scored with 2:21 left in the game, gave the Wings a rousing victory.

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A quick note from the prospect tournament

Before I get into recapping things, the Detroit Red Wings' prospects rallied from a 4-2, 3rd period deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars' prospects 5-4 on the strength of a pair of Andreas Athanasiou goals and 3 assists from Dylan Larkin.

Detroit will play Columbus for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup on Tuesday at 7 PM on Tuesday; they'll practice at 11 AM.

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‘Three Things’: On Paterson the starter, Mantha & Athanasiou, and Pulkkinen’s offensive chops

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage noted that the Red Wings' prospects will be backstopped by Jake Paterson this evening against Dallas (7 PM start at Centre ICE Arena)...

Paterson will start for the third straight game tonight, when the Red Wings play the Dallas Stars for a spot in Tuesday's championship game at Center I.C.E. Arena.

"It feels good," Paterson said of the confidence the Red Wings are showing in him. "Coming into camp, I wanted to get off on the right foot so to get two wins right off the bat, I think it's good. We need to win tonight to get into the finals so I know it's important.

"You come here to win the tournament so it's important to win tonight and give ourselves a chance to win the tournament."

Paterson, who played for the Red Wings when they won the tournament for the first time in 2013, has a 1.00 goals-against average and .963 save percentage and beating Carolina 1-0 and Chicago 3-2.

2. Hockey's Future's Sean Shapiro penned an article about Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou...

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Red Wings release training camp roster

From the Red Wings...

… Team Delvecchio, Team Howe and Team Lindsay to Skate at Centre Ice Arena from Sept. 17-21 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their training camp roster, comprised of 72 players who will gear up for the 2015-16 campaign from Sept. 17-21 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Camp begins on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, leading up to four days of on-ice practices and scrimmages.

Detroit’s camp roster consists of 41 forwards, 24 defenseman and seven goaltenders. Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be split into three teams (Team Delvecchio, Team Howe and Team Lindsay) as they compete for roster spots during camp. Following the team’s annual Red & White Game on Monday, Sept. 21, players will break camp in preparation for three preseason games in three days, starting with a visit to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Detroit’s home preseason slate begins with back-to-back home games against Chicago on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Tickets for all events are available online at http://www.centreice.org Price.s for practice sessions are $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating and $20 for the mezzanine. Tickets for the Training Camp Alumni & Celebrity Game and Red & White Game will start at $20 for standing-room only, $25 for reserved seating and $30 for the mezzanine. Select 2015 training camp merchandise will also be available for purchase. For additional information, please contact the Centre Ice Arena offices at (231) 933-7465.

A complete training camp schedule is available here.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Monday practice impressions

The Red Wings' prospects will face off against the Dallas Stars this evening in a game that could propel Detroit to the championship round of the prospect tournament (with Dallas having to defeat Detroit in regulation to negate a battle against Columbus tomorrow evening) and it looks like the Wings' lineup will include a couple of changes this evening:

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Wakiji: Justin Abdelkader hopes to continue producing at a 20-goal clip

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

If the Red Wings gave an award to most improved player, it probably would have gone to Justin Abdelkader last season.

Abdelkader, 28, more than doubled his career best in goals with 23 (previous high 10, done twice) and added 21 assists for 44 points in 71 games.

That's 16 points more than Abdelkader's previous high in points.

So what will Abdelkader do for an encore?

"Just build off last year," Abdelkader said after a recent informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. "Obviously I had a really good year. Confidence has grown each and every year and I think just gotta keep doing things right to put myself in position to succeed. Working hard every day, working on individual skill set during practice and bringing that during the game. I think just building off last year and working hard, doing whatever I can to put myself in that same position."

Continued...and if you're wondering whether the Wings held an informal skate today, the answer is that they were busy engaging in charitable work:

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The Detroit Red Wings Community Tour

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the itinerary for the seventh annual MI Wings Community Tour, presented by ITC Holdings Corp., with two groups of Red Wings players scheduled to make four total stops, including to a military base, U.S. Coast Guard Station and two hospitals. All four stops on the community tour are closed to the public.

Four players – Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar – will participate in the west leg of the tour starting with a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector in Detroit to visit more than 100 U.S. Coast Guard members and take a ride on a 45-foot Rescue Boat along the Detroit River. The group will then travel to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., to visit with patients and their families in the hospital’s playroom.

Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Brian Lashoff and Riley Sheahan will go on the east leg of the tour to visit cancer patients and participate in joint therapy exercises alongside patients at the MidMichigan Health Center in Midland, Mich. The group will continue to Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center in Grayling, Mich., where the players will witness roll-over demonstrations of various military vehicles and have an opportunity to fire weapons with the guidance of trained military members.

Every military member and hospital patient will receive a co-branded Detroit Red Wings and ITC autographed poster and goody bag with promotional items during the community tour.

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