Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

An interview with Ken Holland and observations from the Red Wings prospects’ Sunday scrimmage

I guess we’ll start at the end: after helping point out where a certain Igor Larionov had to go to speak to his client, Red Wings summer development try-out Artem Sergeev—Sergeev mentioned to me that his agent spotted him a pair of $1,000 MLX skates, and when Larionov showed up for the scrimmage, I put two and two together, asked Wings capologist Ryan Martin if Larionov, who tends to place Russian players in Major Junior Hockey, if the Val-d’Or Foreurs’ defenseman’s agent happened to be the gentleman who looks like he can still play, and pretty much walked up to Larionov and told him he needed to follow me to speak to Artem—I walked down toward the players’ locker rooms at Centre Ice Arena, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland was speaking to the media.

So the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema got about six minutes with Holland, and then I had six of my own, speaking mostly about the prospects, try-outs, how they Wings assess them in terms of the summer camp versus the prospect tournament in the fall, the new coaching staff and then the important part: Chris Osgood’s future. According to Holland, Osgood doesn’t return from the golfing trip he, Kris Draper and several other teammates are taking part in over in Scotland until tomorrow, and as such, Holland has not had “the talk” with Osgood, but this week that’s going to happen, so I’m leading off with a 12-minute interview whose conclusion involves the future of two long-serving members of the organization:


Download file

I don’t exactly sound brilliant at times, but it’s still kind of intimidating speaking to Ken Holland (despite the fact that he’s incredibly pleasant and cool to deal with), so as you can tell, Zuidema knows how to formulate a question to an NHL GM, and I’m still learning.

So that was that, and now I’m on Osgood and Draper watch with the rest of you this week.

As far as the scrimmage goes, as I stated in my mid-day report, the prospects engaged in a real change-up in terms of their routines, spending the morning either working on-ice with Curt Fraser, Jim Paek, Jiri Fischer, Keith McKittrick and Jim Bedard on systems play or very literally playing golf ball hockey in the concourse separating Centre Ice’s rinks under the guidance of both Tomas Storm and a video camera whose footage Jiri Fischer asked to review.

In other words, things were a little simpler, stripped down and off-beat during the morning, but they were no less professional and no less important in terms of skill development and learning how to do things the “Red Wings” way.

The scrimmage, again, was offered as something of a carrot for doing so very well over the camp’s first three days, and so the prospects were really looking forward to it…

But a scrimmage between players in July is a scrimmage between some junior-aged players who, until they got here to Traverse City, hadn’t set foot on the ice since March, including a bunch of players who’ve been members of the organization for all of two weeks, and it’s a scrimmage between players who are also either auditioning for ice time and/or are trying to impress their new coach in Grand Rapids Griffins bench boss Curt Fraser.

Then there are the try-outs who are attempting to receive invites to the prospect tournament in the fall, where they’ll really get a chance to compete for free agent contracts (players whose rights are expiring in Bryan Rufenach and Nick Oslund included), as well as the Chelios brothers and Fraser’s sons.

It’s quite the mix. Top prospects, Grand Rapids Griffins-to-be, AHL veterans, players who’ve been part of the organization for all of two weeks and try-outs, too. So the disparities in fitness levels and caliber of play make for an interesting mix to say the least. But again, it’s July, and it’s the middle of an eight-day development camp in which mental wear and tear is bound to show.

To make a very long-winded story short, it’s not the time to make be-all-end-all assessments, and even what the prospects do during the final scrimmage won’t carry the kind of weight that their performances in September will. But it was fun to watch, and the Red Wings’ Twitter account provides a solid skeleton upon which to build a bit of a narrative and some player assessments—but before we get into that, let’s toss off the rosters:

Team Lidstrom:

Goal:

38 Thomas McCollum
66 Tyson Teichmann*

Defense:

2 Brendan Smith
32 Adam Almquist
64 Danny Dekeyser*
42 Max Nicastro
15 Richard Nedomlel
62 Ryan Sproul
3 Brad Walch*

Forwards:

47 Brent Raedeke
14 Gustav Nyquist
60 Trevor Parkes
70 Willie Coetzee
58 Landon Ferraro
58 Nick Oslund
68 Adam Estoclet*
24 Dean Chelios*
63 Julien Cayer
45 Casey Fraser*

Injured: Gleason Fournier

Team Zetterberg:

Goal:

34 Petr Mrazek
31 Evan Mosher*

Defense:

25 Brian Lashoff
54 Sebastien Piche
27 Travis Ehrhardt
56 Bryan Rufenach
61 Xavier Ouellet
75 Artem Sergeev*
77 Jake Chelios*

Forwards:

28 Tomas Jurco
53 Louis-Marc Aubry
65 Mitchell Callahan
71 Travis Novak*
50 Brooks Macek
74 Alan Quine
29 Marek Tvrdon
73 Phillipe Hudon
72 Zachery Franko*
49 Jesse Fraser*

Note: Players with an * next to their names are try-outs.

The scrimmage consisted of three (3) 25-minute periods, with 15-minute intermissions between the periods and 1-minute penalties, but of the 75 minutes played, 69 were running time, with the last two minutes of each period being “stoppage time.” The scrimmage started on time at 3 PM, and it was over by about 4:45 PM.

Thomas McCollum started for “Team Lidstrom”—which wore red jerseys—and Evan Mosher started for “Team Zetterberg”—which wore white jerseys—and Tyson Teichmann spelled McCollum halfway through the second period, while Petr Mrazek spelled Mosher.

Here were the lines:

Team Lidstrom:

Forwards:

Gustav Nyquist-Brent Raedeke-Trevor Parkes
Nick Oslund-Landon Ferraro-Willie Coetzee
Adam Estoclet-Dean Chelios-Julien Cayer (or Casey Fraser)

Defense:

Brendan Smith-Adam Almqvist (as it turns out, he spells it “AlmqVist,” while “NyqUist” prefers the “U” to the “V”)
Danny Dekeyser-Ryan Sproul
Richard Nedomlel-Max Nicastro (or Brad Walch—and the d-pairs shook things up a bit)

Goalies: Thomas McCollum, Tyson Teichmann

Team Zetterberg:

Forwards

Tomas Jurco-Louis-Marc Aubry-Marc Hudon
Mitchell Callahan-Alan Quine-Travis Novak
Marek Tvrdon-Brooks Macek-Zachary Franko (or Jesse Fraser)

Defensemen

Brian Lashoff-Travis Ehrhardt
Bryan Rufenach-Xavier Ouellet
Jake Chelios-Artem Sergeev
Sebastien Piche-insert one Ouellet or Sergeev

Goalies: Evan Mosher-Petr Mrazek

And here are the details of what happened, short version, via the Red Wings:

Team Lidstrom leads 2-1 after one. Parkes with both goals. Shots are 15-7 TL.
...
Two periods in the books at DRW prospects camp with Team Lidstrom and Team Zetterberg tied at 3. Trevor Parkes with a hat trick for TL.
...
Team Lidstrom beats Team Zetterberg 5-3, with Dean Chelios scoring the game-winner.

The goals: Zetterberg up 1-0: Jesse Fraser from Bryan Rufenach with 10:40 left in the 1st period;

Lidstrom ties it 1-1: Trevor Parkes from Gustav Nyquist with 6:50 left in the 1st;

Lidstrom goes ahead 2-1: Parkes from Brent Raedeke and Nyquist, with I think about 3 minutes left in the 1st;

Zetterberg ties it 2-2: Jesse Fraser from Marek Tvrdon and Jake Chelios, let’s say 3 minutes into in the second period;

Zetterberg goes ahead 3-2: Brooks Macek from Louis-Marc Aubry and Artem Sergeev (he not only uses MLX skates but also has a Torspo stick as Larionov and Doug Brown are part owners of Torspo Hockey), about six minutes into the 2nd period;

Lidstrom ties it 3-3: Parkes from Nyquist and Raedeke, 10:22 left in the 2nd period;

Lidstrom goes ahead 4-3: Dean Chelios from Adam Estoclet and Julien Cayer with 6 minutes left in the 3rd period.

Lidstrom seals the deal: Ryan Sproul’s looping shot hits the empty net after a pass from Raedeke with about half a minute left in the game.

Here’s part of DetroitRedWings.com’s Rick Bouwness’s recap—and I’m leaving most of the reading up to you:

On the strength of a hat trick by 20-year-old forward Trevor Parkes, Team Lidstrom emerged victorious from an exhilarating back-and-forth showdown with their counterparts on Team Zetterberg, earning a 5-3 win in come-from-behind fashion. Dean Chelios and Ryan Sproul also found the back of the net for the victors, while Brian Rufenach, Jesse Fraser, and Brooks Macek all scored for Team Zetterberg.

“It felt really great to do well out there this afternoon,” Parkes said. “My linemates (Gustav Nyquist and Brent Raedeke) are both highly-skilled guys and they did a great job creating space out there and getting me the puck and I was lucky enough to capitalize on the chances they produced. We had some really good chemistry out there for sure and it’s great to get this win and earn some bragging rights over the other guys.”

By virtue of their comeback win, Team Lidstrom was able to select which of the two Monday practice times they preferred. The victorious squad elected to skate earlier in the day (9:30-11:30 a.m.) so as to have the afternoon off. Team Zetterberg will then skate from 12-2 p.m.
...
Sproul, who classifies himself as an ‘offensive defenseman’ was pleased with both his and his team’s efforts on Sunday.

“I thought we played really well out there today for sure,” said Sproul, Detroit’s third pick (second round, 55th overall) at last month’s draft. “We’ve gotten to know each other pretty well these last few days and I think that showed on the ice. My defensive partner and I (Western Michigan University’s Danny Dekeyser) have been paired together in practice all week and I felt really comfortable skating with him in a game situation. I thought we both had pretty good games. I’m looking forward to building off of this performance and having a good showing the rest of camp.”


What did I see? Well, sometimes the men made the boys look like boys, and sometimes the boys made the men look like they’ve got a ways to go.

Mostly, however, I must admit that it was a hockey game in July, and that the Grand Rapids Griffins alums and Griffins-to-be played Red Wings hockey, but man alive, was there dumping, chasing, looping back for lateral passes and one-timers that never happened or were fanned on, bad pinches left and right, 2-on-1’s and 3-on-1’s and so much mucking and grinding along the boards that you’d think that the puck was iron and there were magnets embedded in the rink in regular intervals on all four sides of the ice, between the half boards and goal line in every instance. Grit, grind, muck, dump it out, turn it over, try to make the pretty play, screw up, charge by on the counterattack, hell, even Lashoff and Ehrhardt, as solid a defensive pair as you can get, were making mistakes.

It was a game of beautiful flow and the kind of counterattack plays that Fraser’s been preaching because of those mistakes, and it was a beautifully ugly game where McCollum, Teichmann (who has some stitches in his upper lip after a shot hit him square in the mask and pushed his cage into his face this morning) Mosher and Mrazek all acquitted themselves well, all handled the puck with aplomb and all gave up some serious-ass squeakers.

Can we go line by line, team by team?

Team Lidstrom:

Forwards:

Gustav Nyquist-Brent Raedeke-Trevor Parkes
Nick Oslund-Landon Ferraro-Willie Coetzee
Adam Estoclet-Dean Chelios-Julien Cayer (or Casey Fraser)

Defense:

Brendan Smith-Adam Almqvist (as it turns out, he spells it “AlmqVist,” while “NyqUist” prefers the “U” to the “V”)
Danny Dekeyser-Ryan Sproul
Richard Nedomlel-Max Nicastro (or Brad Walch—and the d-pairs shook things up a bit)

Goalies: Thomas McCollum, Tyson Teichmann

Nyquist, Raedeke and Parkes were scoring machines. It was just silly to watch Raedeke’s speed and subtle playmaking be utilized in a non-defensive role, and he jus shined with the up-and-down power forward/grinder that is Parkes, who has a surprising nose for the net, and Nyquist, who is still a bit physically weak but can deke and dangle down low with the best of ‘em. They cycled, they roared up and down the ice, they picked off pucks via turnovers, they did a helluva job.

At the same time, Ferraro remains a fantastic offensive talent who, again, has the weight of the world off his shoulders now that he’s out of junior hockey, but Coetzee’s still that maddening whirling dervish, a player with all you could want in the playmaking, skating, shooting and scoring departments, and he can’t quite get everything going in the same direction. Add in the fact that Oslund’s a power grinder and that, well, Ferraro is just putting his frustration behind him, and the line kinda went further/farther into nowhere as the game went on. Good pressure, good traffic, great transition and not much in the way of results.

The Estoclet-Chelios-Cayer/Fraser line was sneaky. Estcolet is pretty much a pair of Coetzee hands on a still skinny body, and while Dean Chelios isn’t very strong and doesn’t stand out in the skill drills, the fact that he can deke and dangle and slither through bigger checkers makes offense happen. Add in the fact that Cayer is starting to put his size, speed and strength together and that when both Fraser brothers are taken lightly, well…They score goals.

On defense, Brendan Smith is Brendan Smith. He’s this big gangly elite puck-moving defenseman who can lead the breakout, shoot, score, pass, you name it, but even Brendan Smith can get caught up in the play or think that he’s got too much time on his hands, and he can get beat. As for Almqvist, well…He is small, he is skinny, his stick is too short and he doesn’t do a great job in the battling department, but when he’s in game situations, his positioning and ability to use that short stick to whack the puck away from opponents and then use his superb mobility to get open…The pair made some beautiful music, and Almqvist looked like a kid who’s playing in a man’s league, which is pretty accurate.

Danny Dekeyser can make big gigantic mistakes and he can make some unbelievably savvy stay-at-home plays. Think of him as a potential Lilja in the making. Sproul has a bad tendency to pinch and leave his defensive partner in all sorts of trouble, but man, the shot, the pass, his heads-up playmaking and the fact that he’s as tall and lean as he is and skates so very well…There’s potential galore in Sproul.

Brad Walch just hasn’t impressed me, and I said the same thing about Trevor Parkes a year ago. Walch has some skill and has some grit but he doesn’t use both at the same time.

In the net, McCollum continues to get more and more comfortable in his skin as the days go by—I think somebody hit the “reset” button on him on July 1st—and in the end, Teichmann was the guy who got the win because yes, he is small, yes, he is growing into his body and yes, he’s growing into his gear, but like I said a few days ago, he’s got really good fundamentals, knows how to make himself look big, and now that he’s got new equipment, he’s no longer afraid of the puck.

Team Zetterberg:

Forwards

Tomas Jurco-Louis-Marc Aubry-Marc Hudon
Mitchell Callahan-Alan Quine-Travis Novak
Marek Tvrdon-Brooks Macek-Zachary Franko (or Jesse Fraser)

Defensemen

Brian Lashoff-Travis Ehrhardt
Bryan Rufenach-Xavier Ouellet
Jake Chelios-Artem Sergeev
Sebastien Piche-insert one Ouellet or Sergeev

Goalies: Evan Mosher-Petr Mrazek

The Jurco-Aubry-Hudon line was silly good for two big reasons. First and foremost, Tomas Jurco is still very very young, disappears at times and has a ways to go in terms of filling out, but he’s got that Slovkian Power Forward’s skill set and he works very hard. Hudon was up and down as he’s probably going to grow two inches and gain twenty pounds. And Aubry?

Well he’s fun to watch. All that studying and hard work’s paying off, and while he’s still ganglier than gangly and growing into his body, he’s starting to put himself together and become both a fantastic defensive forward and a real slick playmaker who likes to go into traffic and come out of the muck and guck with the puck.

Quine’s, again, smallish and isn’t Darren Helm fast, but when the puck is on his stick and he’s motoring up the ice or charging in, he can make things happen. Callahan ground out and ground down his opponents and was very vocal, and Novak moved his feet, so the line didn’t do much on the scoresheet, but it drove the opposing team nuts.

Macek, in game situations, is fantastically fast, can put pucks in the net and set up his teammates like an offensive star, and when he does that, you wonder why the hell he disappears so often. Tvrdon is still trying to find his footing but shows flashes of the Slovak Power Foward’s factory, and Franko…well, I haven’t figured him out. Again, Jesse Fraser was taken lightly, and he was pretty damn good.

Brian Lashoff and Travis Ehrhardt are a rock-solid pair and they really did look like Brad Stuart and a raw steak sometimes, but Ehrhardt made his share of boobles or took passes in his feet, too, and Lashoff would occasionally make a bad pinch or try to overextend himself, and just as Brad Stuart can make big boo boos if he tries to be Niklas Kronwall, Lashoff can get himself into trouble, too. The fact that he’s 20 doesn’t help.

Rufenach was up and down, sometimes looking like a contract-worthy offensive defenseman and sometimes looking pretty shaky, and I guess I could say the same for Ouellet, who is bigger, is a better skater and makes the kinds of passes that make you say, “Damn, he’s a Red Wings draft pick,” but the difference is that Ouellet’s a lot younger.

Jake Chelios remains particularly smooth and a little bit gritty but unfinished, and Artem Sergeev…Sometimes, like Ouellet makes you want to scream, “Red Wing!” Sergeev looks like a prototypical puck-moving Russian defenseman that Igor Larionov very smartly placed in the Quebec Major Junior League to find the best place for him to develop, but sometimes he fades into the woodwork, and sometimes he gets beat pretty badly.

Piche is up and down, too, though he’s got more professional experience and can really head-man the puck when he wants to. He was physical at times and very vocal. He’s better in game situations than anything else, but that intensity fades. He looked real good with Ouellet and was used in key situations, so whatever I don’t see isn’t shared by the Griffins’ coaching staff, and I do know that he works his butt off, so I hope he’s going to continue to get a chance to prove himself.

In goal, well, Mosher was again, someone I cannot figure out for the life of me because he’s a cookie-cutter, and Mrazek was someone I watched early this morning, and his hybrid style just works fantastically well for him now that he doesn’t overcommit or turn into a puck-blocker that can no longer block when he’s spun around. He was the reason that things didn’t get out of hand.

I’m pretty much out of gas after a long four days at camp, and I’ve got four to go, so I’ll hopefully put together a more coherent summary of the next scrimmage.

This one was a feeling-out process for many players who’d never been together in game situations, and it was a stress relief valve of sorts.

It was intense, but it didn’t get nasty.

It was at times beautiful and the scene of near-perfect plays, but most of the time it was scrambly and disjointed.

It was a scrimmage in July, and the second one will be better than the first, but that being said, it was really cool to see the youngsters finally play, and the fact that Red Wings prospects were playing against each other was…

Well, the best part was that the fact that Red Wings prospects were playing against each other on an 86-degree Sunday in July was enough to pack Centre Ice Arena. I hope the players took the crowd in and not only used it to buck themselves up for the four days to come, but to also realize that when you’re a Red Wings prospect, you’ve got both serious expectations to live up to and serious support essentially built in.

For the newcomers especially, and especially given that this time around, the prospects aren’t going to a Tigers game in Mike Ilitch’s suite, it’s very important that they learn that being a part of the Red Wings family means that you’re kind of a big deal in the best sense of the term.


In the multimedia department, as I spoke to Ken Holland for such a long time, I only conducted brief interviews with Nick Oslund….


Download file

As well as the hero of the day, Trevor Parkes…


Download file

My favorite conversation with a player on Sunday involved me and Brent Raedeke talking about the fact that composite sticks are tuned, and tuned to the point that their feel is one thing…And their sound is another. I know the sound of a composite stick that I want to perform the way I need it to, and so does he, and he showed me the “clunk” versus “clang” that he needed to hear, and we sort of communed as gear heads and that was that.

The other best news?

Again, per the Wings, there’s been a schedule change for tomorrow, for the players’ sakes:

By winning the prospect scrimmage, Team Lidstrom will get to choose which icetime they’ll have tomorrow.
...
Team Lidstrom picks the early icetime, which means they’ll have the afternoon off.

So, for those of you attending, Team Lidstrom will practice from 9:30-11:30 AM, and Team Zetterberg will practice from 12-2 PM. The regular schedule—8:30-10:30 and 2:30-4:30 resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday, the festivities end with a scrimmage from 8:30-10:30 AM


Once again, here’s that fancy release:

RED WINGS PROSPECTS TO SCRIMMAGE IN TRAVERSE CITY

…  Team Lidstrom and Team Zetterberg Square Off on Sunday Afternoon at 3:00 p.m. …

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the itinerary for Day 4 (Sunday, July 10) of the team’s Development Camp in Traverse City, Mich. will now include a scrimmage pitting Team Lidstrom against Team Zetterberg. Sunday’s intrasquad battle featuring several veteran Red Wings prospects as well as recent draft picks and free agent camp invitees will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Centre Ice Arena. Fans wishing to attend the match are able to purchase tickets for $5 apiece at the rink’s main entrance. Tomorrow’s morning practices (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.) are also open to the public. The rosters for the two teams of Red Wings Development Camp attendees set to hit the ice on Sunday can be found below:

TEAM LIDSTROM

Goalies: Thomas McCollum, Tyson Teichmann

Defensemen: Brendan Smith, Adam Almqvist, Danny Dekeyser, Max Nicastro, Richard Nedomlel, Ryan Sproul, Brad Walch

Forwards: Brent Raedeke, Gustav Nyquist, Trevor Parkes, Willie Coetzee, Landon Ferraro, Nick Oslund, Adam Estoclet, Dean Chelios, Julian Cayer, Casey Fraser

TEAM ZETTERBERG

Goalies: Petr Mrazek, Evan Mosher

Defensemen: Brian Lashoff, Sebastien Piche, Travis Ehrhardt, Nick Jensen, Brian Rufenbach, Xavier Ouellet, Artem Sergeev, Jake Chelios

Forwards: Tomas Jurco, Louis-Marc Aubry, Mitch Callahan, Travis Novak, Brooks Macek, Alan Quine, Marek Tvrdon, Philippe Hudon, Zach Franko, Jesse Fraser

The Red Wings’ 2011 Prospect Development Camp will continue next week with on/off-ice sessions taking place in Traverse City Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.). This year’s camp wraps up on Thursday, July 14 with another intrasquad scrimmage as well as a skills competition (8:30 – 10:00 a.m.). More information on Traverse City ’s Centre Ice Arena can be obtained by visiting http://www.centreice.org

.


And finally, DetroitRedWings.com’s Rick Bouwness offers an outside take or three as to why Tomas Jurco’s more than a “magician”:

You can see right away that Tomas’ skill level is off the chart,” said Curt Fraser, Grand Rapids Griffins coach and this week’s camp instructor. “He’s obviously a great addition to the organization and should be a very good Red Wing down the road.”

Originally selected by Saint John with the fourth overall pick at the 2009 CHL Import Draft, Jurco didn’t take long in making an impact with the Sea Dogs. The European-born playmaker set a franchise record for most goals by a rookie (26) in 2009-10 en route to finishing his freshman major junior campaign with 51 points in 64 games. It was his prowess in post-overtime breakaway contests that seemed to receive the most attention however, as the ultra-talented winger led the QMJHL in shootout goals with nine. His final such tally of the season – a creative, physics-defying take on the spin-o-rama move that featured a behind-the-back pass to himself – paved the way for his Internet renown as the incredible highlight ultimately became a huge hit on the Web.

Jurco’s second season in the Q saw him achieving even greater success as he found the back of the net 31 times despite missing several games in December and January while moonlighting with Team Slovakia at the World Junior Championships. A key member of a talent-laden Sea Dogs team that cruised to a QMJHL regular-season title and the President’s Cup as league playoff champs, Jurco elevated his game to a whole new level at May’s CHL Memorial Cup tournament. The crafty sniper scored a team-high four goals in four games as the Sea Dogs wrapped up an unforgettable season in style by capturing junior hockey’s Holy Grail. A few weeks later, Jurco’s professional career officially began when Detroit picked him in the second round (35th overall) last month, making him the first Sea Dog ever selected by the Red Wings and capping off an unforgettable year for the young offensive dynamo.

In the eyes of Sea Dogs coach and former Red Wings star Gerard Gallant, Jurco became a much more versatile player during his sophomore CHL season, a development which predicated both his valiant playoff performance and his ascension of several NHL teams’ draft ranking lists.

“Tomas has worked very hard to become a complete hockey player and not just another one-dimensional skilled guy” Gallant said. “He obviously has a lot of natural ability but he’s also put in a great deal of time at the gym and in practice improving his game. He was absolutely huge for us at the Memorial Cup and I think he answered a lot of his critics who questioned his compete level as well. ”

Taking a page from the Book of Gallant, who was a prototypical power forward during his playing days, Jurco added a dimension of ruggedness to his game in 2010-11. The results of his doing so paid off in a major way.

“Last season Tomas created a lot of offense by going hard to the net and fighting through traffic,” said Gallant, who collected 480 points and 1,674 penalty minutes during a 615-game NHL career. “He really paid the price for a lot of the goals he scored, which was great to see. He didn’t do that as much as a rookie but as he’s matured physically and gotten used to the way the game’s played in North America he’s added a bit of grit to his game and he’s gotten really good at creating scoring chances using the cycle deep in the opposing team’s zone instead of relying purely on the rush. He’s got good size (6-foot-2 and 195-pounds) and really knows how to use it now.”

There’s more, including some intriguing comments about Jurco from Jiri Fischer, the team’s director of player development, and that’s it for me for today.

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Comments

RWBill's avatar

Just great George, and I haven’t even taken in the interviews yet.  Who else gets this detailed coverage and great technical analysis about a prospect camp in July?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/11/11 at 12:48 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

What a fantastic recount of the scrimmage!

I think you are telling us more than we would have seen had we been there!

Well done!

Trevor Parkes?  Going to have to watch that guy…

Posted by w2j2 on 07/11/11 at 12:48 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Awesome report.  Love the info George.  The devil is in the details and you have that covered. 

Now…

Tell me aboot the cherry pie.  Jeebus George, yur in TC.  It’s the tail end of cherry festival….get some pie!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 07/11/11 at 03:21 AM ET

perfection's avatar

first off, awesome stuff George. I’ve been following your updates daily and it’s really the next best thing to being there myself.

some advice on interviewing…

first, quickly why I feel like I can offer some - I’m a documentary filmmaker and while shooting and editing is my specialty, I’ve been working on a feature film for the last two years where I have needed to conduct TONS of interviews and it’s really a tough skill. I’ve been fortunate enough to be collaborating on this project with a reporter (formerly of the Chi Tribune now of the New York Times) who has been there to conduct many of the interviews and I’ve greatly improved over these last two years by observing him. He is really masterful.

and now my advice… I thought your questions were fine and you were hitting lots of stuff we all wanted to know about. In my opinion, you do really well when it comes to content, but in terms of technique, you really just need to be quiet and let the interviewee just do the talking. I can attest that it’s waaaaay harder than it seems, because it was one of my biggest interview flaws. Again after seeing a master interviewer do his thing dozens of times, he has this really slick way of asking almost vague questions that seem to wind up the subject like a toy and just set them off talking and talking. As a listener (reader, etc.) we want to hear what the interview subject thinks and not so much the interviewer. Really your job is to say as LITTLE as possible while getting the juiciest stuff back… which I know is tough. 

Again, I’m totally not trying to criticize, I thought the interview was great all in all, but you said you were trying to learn, so I’d figure I’d throw it out there.

anyway, keep up the awesome updates. I hope someday you can manage to get to EVERY team event and give us such detailed reporting. Training camp is coming up…

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 07/11/11 at 03:48 AM ET

sloaner's avatar

I’d save technical critiques for email, perfection, but that’s just me.  And while what you say has a lot of merit, there’s something to hearing a conversation, too.

Posted by sloaner from Los Angeles, CA on 07/11/11 at 09:09 AM ET

Andy from FightNight's avatar

great stuff, George! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Andy from FightNight on 07/11/11 at 11:32 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.