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Wings prospect Adam Marsh thriving after pushing the re-set button

MLive's Brendan Savage has posted an "emptying the notebook" article about Wings prospect Adam Marsh, who re-set his hockey career after moving from Chicago to Saint John, New Brunswick to play for the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs:

"I liked his game," said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who conducted the camp. "He did a lot of good things. He had some nice shots on net, scored, his handling the puck. I liked his game. That was the first time I really saw him in a scrimmage and that was a guy who put himself in a good spot."

Playing against top Red Wings prospects like Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou at the development gave Marsh, who will be a senior in high school this year, an idea of what he can expect when he makes the move to pro hockey in a couple of years.

"I like to see the speed of all of them and knowing where I need to be by this time next year and see what I have to work on when I come back to camp," he said. "The speed is definitely up there.

"The pace and practices are pretty high but it's nothing I can't handle."

Marsh will take part in the Red Wings prospects tournament beginning Sept. 11 – he'll be one of the youngest players in Traverse City – before heading back to Saint John for his second QMJHL season.

"I definitely want to put up some good numbers," he said, "but I always want to have a good defensive game and be a team player as well. Just have the best season possible."

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Post-informal practice Tweets: Franzen still ‘suffering setbacks’

Updated 4x at 1:15 PM: Of note among the post-informal practice Tweets:

Johan Franzen said he hasn't been guaranteed anything from the Red Wings, but he's encouraged by his physical progress.

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Franzen said he had to go home from four-hour workouts and sleep the rest of the day. I asked him the last time he had to. "Last week."

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

#RedWings Franzen says he's going hard on and off ice to test himself.

Update #1:

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Custance: How do the Red Wings and Atlantic Division stack up against the Blackhawks?

ESPN's Craig Custance is comparing every NHL team to the Chicago Blackhawks based upon five specific categories, and today, he's analyzing the Atlantic Division's teams. Here's what his Insider-only entry has to say about the Red Wings:

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Informal practice Tweets: The media’s back ‘in the room’ today

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

@DetroitRedWings

informal skates open to media, 1st time today.

nice to be back in building,

fri oct 9 v maple leafs, home opener.

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a bit of the ol' fog, knees down, parts of ice at venerable joe louis arena.

emphasis on INFORMAL skate. players, wings and not. no coaches

Ahem:

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‘Three Things’: A ‘Construction Cam’; on Sheahan’s outlook and an interview with Todd Nelson

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

Here's the press release:

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The Outlook For Teemu Pulkkinen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: A prolific goal-scorer the past two seasons in the AHL with his booming shot, Pulkkinen's biggest adjustment to full-time NHL duty this season will be finding space in a tighter-checking league where opponents will play more physical against him. He showed improvement in this area during his 31-game stint in Detroit last season.

He likes to open up for the one-timer, and as the club's only right-shooting offensive threat up front he provides a different dimension, at even strength and on the power play.

But he'll have his work cut out for him to crack the lineup when (if) everyone's healthy. There's no room for him on the top two lines and he's not a fourth-line player, so his best bet is the third line.

Pulkkinen is out of AHL options and the Red Wings wouldn't risk losing him on waivers, so he won't be returning to Grand Rapids.

Key question: Will Pulkkinen secure a regular spot in the lineup on the third line?

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The overnight report: On Sheahan, a no-sale Stadium Series update and a little bit about Alfie

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson tells the story of Riley Sheahan's 36-point 2014-15 season, as narrated by...Gustav Nyquist and Mike Babcock:

“He’s just a real good player,” forward Gustav Nyquist said. “He plays the game the right way, plays two ends of the ice. He’s strong on the puck, big body, can shoot the puck, just an overall real good player. He’s been great for us and means a lot for this team.”

Nyquist has had a front row seat to the development of Sheahan’s abilities. The two forwards spent significant time together playing in the American Hockey League for the Grand Rapids Griffins and were called up to the Wings last season.

“Overall, he does everything right and does everything well,” Nyquist said. “Players like that are always important for you and he is exceptional in each area of the game.”

Behind Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, Sheahan averaged the most ice time among Wings centers at 15:38 per game. That workload increased in spurts throughout the season as Datsyuk missed 16 games due to injury.

“I think Sheahan’s been a real good player for us,” former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We consider him our second line center. When we play Pav and Hank apart that makes him our third-line center. Just do what he’s doing.”

Peterson continues, and otherwise (work with me, the content will pick up pretty damn quick)...

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Here’s Jimmy Howard’s 2015-16 mask

Michigan-based mask designer Ray Bishop has unveiled Jimmy Howard's 2015-16 mask, and it's a departure, even by Howard's standards, but it looks pretty cool...and pretty angry:

It looks like a "Lion in Winter" to me:

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Afternoon news: Tweets, prospect tournament rosters and Instagram posts

This afternoon's Red Wings-related news is mostly of the Tweet-or-promotional variety, so I'm unabashedly and unashamedly posting what I will politely call a "fluff entry" from a news perspective:

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It All Starts With The Organization

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

What makes it work for the Wings is once the players are in the organization, there's a system in place to support them, starting with Jiri Fischer, the Wings' director of player development, and going up through when those players reach the highest level.

"I think that’s where the organization has an impact," Holland said. "The role models, the importance of your minor-league coach and the importance of Fischer and the importance of having good minor-league veterans in Grand Rapids. I know (former assistant general manager) Jimmy Nill and now (assistant general manager) Ryan Martin have worked hard to have a leadership core in Grand Rapids that are good role models, then having the same type of leadership and role models in Detroit in Zetterberg and Datsyuk to try to maximize the potential."

While the Wings expect Zetterberg and Datsyuk to maintain their high level of play, now they need the youngsters to elevate theirs in order to reach the team's goals.

"So our goal is to try to quality for the playoffs, to go on a Stanley Cup playoff run," Holland said. "Ultimately, we want to win another Stanley Cup. At the same time, we're trying to build and develop these players."

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