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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 3: a tale of skill development drills

Updated 2x at 9:23 AM: The Red Wings' truncated summer camp schedule took a turn for the..."I guess we'll have to wait and see what the prospects and team thinks" today, and its schedule will continue (prior tomorrow's in-person training camp ticket sale at noon) as follows...

July 7

8:45 am – 9:30 am Team Yzerman off ice work out

9:00 am – 9:45 am Team Lidstrom practice

10:00 am Team Yzerman skating

10:00 am Team Lidstrom skills

10:25 am Team Yzerman skills

10:25 Team Lidstrom skating

11:00 – 11:45 am Team Yzerman practice

11:00 am Team Lidstrom off ice workout

The camp will conclude with an 11 AM scrimmage on Tuesday.

The skill and skating drills for this summer's camp were completely absent Tomas Storm (skills) or Andy Weidenbach (skating), and the sessions only really lasted for 25-to-30 minutes. Previous camps used to anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes spent on each set of drills, and those sessions wouldn't last for 2 days (this camp ends with an 11 AM scrimmage on Tuesday); instead, the skill and skating drills would go on for 4 or 5 days, and the "team drill" portion of the camp wasn't nearly as important.

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More talk about the Red Wings’ free agency whiff

WXYZ's "7 Sports Cave's" Brad Galli, Matt Sheppard and Dave Birkett spoke about the issue at the 7-minute mark of their hour-long weekly show, and the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo also addressed the issue I have yet to be able to speak with Ken Holland about up here at the summer development camp. The Red Wings whiffed in the free agency market, and it has the town--the state, and Red Wings fans all over the world--jittery:

The Red Wings have had one of the things other NHL organizations have generally lacked – stability. Yet, it’s like it has been turned around on them.

For many Red Wings’ fans, their general manager is clueless and their coach a tyrant nobody wants to play for, because of the free agent failure this summer.

There has to be a trade coming, right? The Red Wings have been looking for a right-handed shooting defenseman since Brian Rafalski retired.

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 3: interviews with Vahatalo, Nastasiuk, Blashill & more

Aside from Richard Nedomlel, who was out with an undisclosed and very minor injury, all of the prospects who took part in yesterday's scrimmage skated in today's team practices and skill drills at the Red Wings' summer development camp, and Alexey Marchenko took more than a few turns prior to the main practice, skating on his own, speaking with the medical staff a few times, and helping Jim Bedard and his assistant warm up the goalies prior to Team Yzerman's skate.

T'was dark, but this is mine, and I think Marchenko had surgery on his left ankle (the side of his broken ankle was never revealed) as he was testing his left leg gingerly. Given that he's 10 days out from having two surgical screws removed, however, he looked good, and he engaged in a workout with the morning group, so all is well:

The Red Wings' summer campers took part in both "team" drills and a set of skating and skill development drills--minus Andy Weidenbach and Tomas Storm--and the players seemed to do pretty darn well given the fatigue they were battling from the previous day's scrimmage, though I will tell you about some "bunny hop" drills in which several prospects took spills later.

In terms of the interviews I was able to snag, myself and Kevin Sporka spoke with Julius Vahatalo for about seven minutes, and after dealing with a pair of Swedes whose English was better than mine in Axel Holmstrom and Christoffer Ehn, Vahatalo's halting English was a surprise. Vahatalo said that he's dealing with some significant adjustments in terms of playing on a narrower rink and at a faster North American pace, but he seemed to be taking in quite a bit from the camp, and the 6'5," 191-pound winger from TPS Turku was forthright regarding his strengths and what he needs to work on, as well as the camp experience as a whole:

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Red Wings morning news: on Larkin and Turgeon, Myers’ price, tales of yore and an odd rule change

The Red Wings' summer development campers will take part in a pair of skating-and-skill development practices at Centre Ice Arena today and tomorrow, and I'm guessing that the fatigue setting in after Saturday's scrimmage might yield some...Interesting interpretations of power skating coach Andy Weidenbach and skill development coach Tomas Storm's drills.

This morning, the Red Wings posted a photo gallery chronicling yesterday's practices (note the almost complete absence of Reebok gear save the Ribcor sticks), and the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Chris Dobrowolski profiled Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon.

Both players are a little over a week removed from having been drafted, so both players told Dobrowolski that they've experienced a slight culture shock while taking part in their first professional hockey camps:

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: scrimmage impressions and MSM takes

The rink was packed to the gills for the Red Wings summer development campers' first scrimmage today, and it's not a cliche to say that while Team Yzerman beat Team Lidstrom 3-2, "A good time was had by all." A good chunk of the summer campers were engaging in their first real "game" since March or April, so it was a bit of a defensive struggle (and Jiri Fischer said that the no-fighting rule remains in place, so there was some chippiness, but no silliness), and Christoffer Ehn said that the players found out about their linemates right before the game, so there was a bit of a learning curve...

But once everybody settled down, the pace was good--in two 25-minute periods in which the last 15 minutes were "stoppage time"--and I think Jeff Blashill, who didn't coach the teams (RPI coach Seth Appert and Wings video coordinator Keith McKittrick coached Team Yzerman, and Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek and Walleye coach Derek Lalonde coached Team Lidstrom) would've been happiest about the fact that the teams tended to employ an up-tempo, puck possession system of play--just the kind of system of play Blashill's trying to imprint upon nearly 40 youngsters who are mostly used to dump-and-chase hockey.

Tomorrow's schedule of events at Centre Ice Arena looks like this:

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: interviews w/ Marchenko, Ehn, Nedomlel and Fischer II

The Red Wings' summer prospect campers held their first scrimmage today (they have another one scheduled for Tuesday), and Team Lidstrom defeated Team Yzerman 3-2. The players had a yoga class scheduled for shortly after the game, and they came streaming past me preparing for said class.

Yoga? O Rly? Ya Rly.

Myself, Brendan Savage, Hooked on Hockey's Kevin Sporka and the Hockey Writers' Zackary Landers were able to speak with Alexey Marchenko,and I didn't think that we were going to be able to get him again.

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Pleiness: No DeKeyser filing for arbitration = salary arbitration-free summer for Wings

Well I will take this news with my $2 ham sandwich (Oleson's Market's deli section powers my summer development camp coverage): the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that Danny DeKeyser did not file for salary arbitration (via RedWingsFeed), and DeKeyser was apparently the only Wing who could do so:

The Wings’ only eligible player for salary arbitration, defenseman Danny DeKeyser, as expected chose not to file by the deadline.

DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar are Detroit’s two remaining restricted free agents.

The team will get deals done with both players by the time training camp opens in September.

The Wings have already re-signed Riley Sheahan and tendered qualifying offers to those they planned on keeping.

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: morning skate impressions

Updated 2x at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings' summer development campers held simultaneous practices from 9 to 9:45 AM today, ahead of this afternoon's scrimmage (3 PM at Centre Ice Arena), so I had to play "pick a team" (this is the least-favorite game for someone who goes ga-ga about taking in hockey information).

I had watched the star-heavy Team Yzerman (Mantha, Larkin, Holmstrom, etc.) for the most part on Friday, so today, I watched the goalies warm up in the West Rink, and when I realized that Team Lidstrom was going to practice in David's Rink...

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: morning interviews with Axel, McKee, Coreau & Fischer

The Red Wings' prospects--minus Alexey Marchenko, who's hale and hearty but is still rehabbing his surgically-repaired ankle--took part in a very spirited 45-minute practice ahead of the 3 PM scrimmage today at Centre Ice Arena.

The players were available for a little more time before their off-ice workouts, so I was able to have a longer chat with Axel Holmstrom--and guess what the first question I asked him involved?

Axel's English was wonderful and the Skelleftea AIK forward was equally forthcoming regarding his experiences at the camp, the on-ice and off-ice learning experiences he's taking in (he duly noted that Swedish dry-land training is VERY different from what the Red Wings do), he talked about his skill set and the fact that his SHL team lost 5 players, meaning that Axel may graduate from the Under-20 team in short order

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Red Wings morning news: summer development camp talk

Update: FYI/FTR:

The Red Wings' summer development camp continues today with a set of simultaneous practices (from 9 to 9:45 AM) preceding a 3 PM scrimmage at Centre Ice Arena today, and both the fans and media were out in full force for the first day's activities.

Up North Live posted a first-day video in which Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin speak with the media...

The 9&10 News also posted a video...

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