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Updated 7x at 10:51 AM: Here's the Detroit Red Wings' 2015-16 regular season schedule, from NHL.com:
In what is a very rare instance, WDFN's Matt Sheppard spoke with Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato for 14 minutes this morning, discussing Granato's decision to remain with the team, the Wings' transition away from the Mike Babcock era, his role under Jeff Blashill and the almost-all-American coaching staff. This is very, very good stuff:
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright about the Wings' plans for tomorrow and Saturday's draft, and Wright isn't ruling out anything come tomorrow:
"Everyone says it's a deeper draft," Tyler Wright, Red Wings director of amateur scouting, said. "I think every draft is a deep draft. You have to dig and find players. Once you get out of the top 10-12 players there's a group of players that could go into the second round and be successful players – at all three positions."
The first round is Friday and the final six rounds on Saturday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
The Red Wings have six selections. They traded their second-round pick to Dallas for forward Erik Cole but received the Stars' third-round pick in return (No. 73). They dealt their own third-rounder to New Jersey for defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
"We're confident we're going to get two pretty good players at 19 and 73," Wright said. "We have options, too."
That includes trading down in the first round. In 2013, they moved down two spots, from 18 to 20, in a deal with San Jose and still landed Anthony Mantha. They used the additional pick to select Tyler Bertuzzi at No. 58.
"We're going through every scenario as far as moving back and picking up extra picks," Wright said. "I'm not opposed to moving up either. Not going to leave any option closed."
Khan continues, and let's just say that in keeping his "options open," Wright also works very hard to not show his cards.
I'm not the person to talk to if you want to feel better about missing the Red Wings' summer development camp, which will be taking place from July 3-7 in Traverse City, MI.
The Wings' newest draft picks and top prospects take part in six days' worth of learning the Red Wings' on-ice systems of play and their off-ice training regimens, and while the camp's status as a mostly-in-the-morning event allows the players to enjoy their afternoons around the July 4th weekend in Traverse City, there's a lot of exhaustion showing through as the Wings jam-pack the schedule with information about nutrition, mental preparation, dealing with the media, etc. etc.
In any case, the Free Press's Helene St. James duly notes that the Wings' top prospects will be taking part in said camp, and that it's quite the bargain if you are able to make the trip up (or are going up to Traverse City for the in-person training camp ticket sale):
Pretty damn cool:
Red Wings’ Zetterberg Awarded King Clancy Trophy
Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg is this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.”
The Red Wings captain rebounded from an injury-shortened 2013-14 campaign to lead his club in assists (49) and points (66). Zetterberg capped a productive campaign with four points in the final two games of the regular season with a postseason bid on the line, rallying the Red Wings to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a franchise-record 24th consecutive season -- the longest active such streak in North American professional sports.
Honored in 2013 with the NHL Foundation Player Award for outstanding charitable and community work, Zetterberg and his wife, Emma, give back to the Metro Detroit community through numerous initiatives as well as international causes in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Nepal. Zetterberg hosts children’s charities, including Metro Detroit area children’s hospitals and mentoring nonprofits, at each Red Wings home game during the regular season in the Zetterberg Foundation Suite. Zetterberg also funds a high school hockey scholarship each year and underwrites the Hockey Weekly High School All-Star Banquet.
The Red Wings have historically tended to "trade down" in the draft when they're either short on picks or feel that their targets have been snagged by other teams, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Wings, who traded their 2nd-round pick to Dallas in the Erik Cole trade, are considering that option again:
It's possible the Wings may trade down a few picks as they did two years ago, when they moved from 18th to 20th in the first round because the Wings were certain Mantha would still be available. As a result, the Wings gained a second second-round pick, at 58th overall, and turned that into Tyler Bertuzzi.
Asked about the possibility of something similar happening this year, Martin didn't rule it out. "Especially since we don't have a second-round pick, the possibility of trading back to acquire an extra pick is always there," he said. "We wait until the closest we can to our pick and then we assess the names on our list and if there is somebody that we really want that we don't want to chance that they're gone, then we wouldn't do it. But if there are several players that are all within the same range, and we are happy with any of them, then we might do it to get another pick."
Martin was lukewarm on the idea of the Wings trading up. The Arizona Coyotes are rumored to be willing to trade their first-round pick, at third overall, which would put the Wings within reach of defenseman Noah Hanifin, widely considered to be NHL ready. But making a move up would be costly, and therefore "I don't think we'll do it, but you never known," Martin said. "July 1 is as bleak as it's ever been, so the only way to change the makeup of your team other than July 1 is via trade, and therefore, I think there is a lot of chatter, names being thrown around. There are some pretty high-end names being thrown out. If we were to engage in a scenario like that and picks were changing hands as an option to move up, I don't really see that happening."
St. James continues at considerable length, discussing the difficulty of forecasting teenagers' maturing into pro players, and she suggests that the Wings will pick Joel Eriksson Ek if they hang on to the 19th overall pick.
From the United States Sports Academy:
Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe Earns Academy’s 2015 Eagle Award
Legendary Detroit Red Wings Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, Gordie Howe, is being honored with the United States Sports Academy’s 2015 Eagle Award for the great contributions he has made to sport as a hockey player. He was, and is, a true icon. This award also recognizes the many things that he has done, not only for hockey, but for sport in general throughout the world.
The Eagle Award, the United States Sports Academy’s highest international honor, is presented annually to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The recipient of this award must have tempered strength with keen judgment in using authority wisely as a means of bringing nations together through sport for the betterment of mankind.
From the Detroit Red Wings:
Wings release development camp schedule
Camp to take place at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena from July 3-7
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released the schedule for their 2015 development camp, which will be held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from July 3-7. The camp kicks off on Friday, July 3 and features on-ice and off-ice workouts each day, including scrimmages on Saturday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 7. The camp roster will be released following the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, held on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 in Sunrise, Fla.
The camp will be split into two sides, Team Red and Team White, and will feature daily on-ice instruction skill development from a team of coaches, led by new Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Todd Nelson. Players will also take part in daily off-ice workouts and attend classes about being a professional hockey player on and off the ice, while receiving feedback from Red Wings coaches and management. This year, camp attendees will connect with the community during Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival by signing autographs for fans on Sunday, July 5, starting at 6 p.m.
Of brief Red Wings-related note:
1. It appears that the Wings' home opener against Toronto is in fact the opening night of the Red Wings' 2015-16 regular season (and we will find out the rest of the schedule tomorrow at 10 AM EDT)...
2. Press releases tend to reveal more about player and coaches' pasts than you'd think, so this release from the University of Wisconsin Badgers, pointing out that two Wisconsin alumni will be helping coach the Wings, is worth your time...
FYI: The Leafs' season-opener is not against Detroit:
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