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Audio from the fifth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp

The Red Wings' summer development campers wrapped up their activites at Centre ICE Arena today, engaging in practices which focused on layered attack and defense before undergoing the ever-entertaining and probably brutal-to-skate-through "skating test," where players got 3 minutes, 2 minutes and then 1 minute's worth of rest between skating from the faceoff dots to the far goal line, back to the near goal line, and back and forth two more times.

The results of said test were intriguing at times and surprising at others--more on that later--and the development camp wrapped up with players huffing and puffing as they packed their equipment in bags and prepared to head off their separate ways for the balance of the summer.

After the morning and afternoon sessions, I managed to snag a few last-minute interviews from the players, and they include the following:

I began by speaking with a couple of players that I hadn't had the opportunity to interview during the camp in Dylan Sadowy and Givani Smith. Sadowy discussed the skating test, the lessons he learned from the camp as a whole, and his goals to work upon for the balance of the summer:

Givani Smith touched upon some of the same topics, as wel as his "veteran" status at all of 19, and Smith stated that he's going to go to work out at Barwis Methods in Detroit (with Dylan Larkin, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan, among others) later this summer:

I wanted to get an interview with someone who literally has to pay for the development camp, and Yale senior Adam Larkin spoke about the investment he's making in himself, as well as his impressions of the camp's on and off-ice activities, and what his future may hold:

Dennis Cholowski discussed his emphasis on conditioning for the balance of the summer, and he also said that he was given some good on-ice tips by the Wings' coaches:

Michael Rasmussen speaks at a mile a minute, and is all business, all the time, so I had to throw a ton of questions his way to get a minute and forty-seven seconds of crisp, short and direct answers from him. Rasmussen isn't going to take as much as a day off before preparing for the fall prospect tournament and his season with Tri-City of the WHL:

Mattias Elfstrom's English was excellent, as was his ability to analyze his areas for improvement as he heads back to Sweden to kick off the training camp with the Malmo Redhawks in only two weeks!

Joren van Pottelberghe spoke to myself and Hooked on Hockey Magazine's Kevin Sporka, addressing the aspects of his game that need to be tweaked (glove hand and getting his knees down quicker), he talked about his first pro season with Davos of the Swiss league, he discussed the data that's been made available to the players via heart monitors and he talked about his goals for the upcoming season:

Finally, director of player development Shawn Horcoff gave an in-depth interview to myself, Sporka, DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner and MLive's Brendan Savage, assessing the development camp as an off-ice and on-ice educational tool, discussing the ways in which players have information made available to them so that they may earn their best possible chance to snag an NHL job, he talked about the ways in which Horcoff attempted to make the camp "his own" and he admitted that the director of player development gets a short vacation before going on the road again to help deliver summer prescriptions of a sort to the players who didn't get their to-do lists this week:

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