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Impressions from the fifth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘17

The Red Wings' summer development campers wrapped up their on-ice activities with a split set of fast-paced practices which were followed up by the dreaded "skating test," a downright vicious set of 3 intervals of 3 team skates up and down the ice surface, followed by 3, 2 and 1-minute rest intervals.

The main event was preceded by practices that I would best describe as focused on a layered attack and layered defense, with the skaters almost entirely engaging in sets of 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 drills. There was one instance in which forwards played "get 'em to turn" with defensemen skating through center ice, and there was a lovely drill in which the nets were set up "street hockey"-style at the half boards, with 2 defensemen playing 2-on-2 hockey against 2 forwards...

But the day was full of surprises in every instance, from the pre-practice goalie drills to the ultimate winners of the skating tests. Free agent invites Sean Josling, Graham Slaggert and Tommy Marchin left it all on the line with tremendous last-day performances, and while players like Filip Hronek, Vili Saarijarvi and Dennis Cholowski starred in the skating tests, Kasper Kotkansalo, Givani Smith and big Alex Peters, all 6'4" and 220 pounds of him, displayed the anerobic conditioning necessary to finish the skating drills strongly.

The day began with a set of goalie drills, and Jeff Salajko, Brian Mahoney-Wilson, the Czech goaltending consultant and Swedish goaltending consultant first worked with Chase Perry, Matej Machovsky and Filip Larsson, and in the late morning, they worked with Kaden Fulcher, Keith Petruzzelli and Joren van Pottelberghe.

Both times, the emphases were on pointing one's toes at the ice while dropping into the butterfly, sealing the glove and blocker sides of the net after coming cross-crease, and at the very end, there was some work on what's called a "Reverse VH," where the goaltender pushes his leg pad nearest to the goalpost horizontal onto the goalpost and leaves his other leg pad vertical, enabling him to push off the post easier. It's not an easy drill, so it required a little weight on the backs of the nets...

And the late-morning session did not suffer from a dearth of coaches available to the three goaltenders:

Of the goaltenders, Keith Petruzzelli remains something of a "wild horse," able to use his gigantic legs to cover up for a sometimes-so-so glove and blocker; Kaden Fulcher, the free agent invite out of Hamilton of the OHL, has improved by leaps and bounds, as has Filip Larsson; Chase Perry has settled down a great deal over the years, and the goalie coaches are just starting to rein in Matej Machovsky and Joren van Pottelberghe.

After resurfacing the ice, the skaters and defensemen took to the West Rink for their final practice, and again, the empahsis was on "layered" drills.

The first drill began with defensemen stationed at the southwest and northeast bluelines, and skaters placed at the southeast and northwest goal lines. Defensemen would begin the drill by skating backward through center ice, where they'd receive a pass from a coach; then the defenseman would spring a forward on a 1-on-0 via a blueline-to-blueline pass; the first forward would stay at the net while a second forward took another blueline-to-blueline pass from the defenseman, who would join the rush, and they would skate in 2-on-0, take a shot, and a final pass was pumped to the blueline from another coach, and the defenseman would unleash a shot that the forwards hoped to tip in.

Sean Josling and Lane Zablocki were the forward stars of the morning drill, with Kotkansalo impressing on defense; David Pope and Michael Rasmussen were strong from the second group of forwards, and Vili Saarijarvi looked good head-manning offense.

The second drill went something like this:

DRILL 2: Forwards at NW and SE goal lines, defensemen at NW and SE goal lines.
Part 1: pass back and forth w/ D skating backward through center ice.
Part 2: Send pass across to forward skating through center ice, gap up, F gets a shot, D gets a shot with F in front.

Again, the emphasis was on layered attack, because the third and fourth drills were iterations of the first and second...

DRILL 3: here come the cones..Forwards at SW and NE half wall, defensemen at blueline at SW and NE...

Pass back and forth from forward to defenseman back to the cone inside the far blueline, then reverse and find a forward coming up the other wing, forward attacks, defenseman layers in with 2nd forward to take point shot.

Puck movement was emphasized at high pace, and the usual suspects impressed--Hronek, Cholowski, Sadowy, Smith in the morning, and Saarijarvi, Adams, Rasmussen and Pope in the early afternoon--but Marchin, Slaggert, Supinski and Johnston all stepped up, which was good to see.

The fourth drill was simpler and somewhat telling: defensemen had to skate into a forward charging up ice from the far goal line, meeting that forward at center ice, and then shifting to backwards skating as the forward gained the offensive zone and attacked the net.

There were moments that almost every defenseman "got turned," but Setkov and Sulak were particularly impressive during the afternoon session, and Adam Larkin looked very good during the morning.

The fifth drill went back to the layering of 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 play...

D at SE and NE corners, forwards at NE and SE bluelines, …

F to F pass, full ice 2 on 1 or 3 on 1, then a reverse against the defenseman who started the drill.

Again, the defensemen stood out during the drill, with Cholowski, the gambling Hronek, Saarijarvi and Sulak impressing, but David Pope and Jack Adams put on an offensive clinic, and Christoffer Ehn looked very good.

The final drill was, as I like to call it, "Street hockey," with the nets set up at the half boards and players skating 2-on-2--with a wrinkle being that the number of defensemen attending camp yielded a 2-D vs. 2-F match-up.

You can add Mattias Elfstrom to the mix of "good forwards," though, again, the free agent invites had cranked up their play considerably.

After one more ice resurfacing, the pain began as the skating test got underway...

And again, there were surprises all over the place (and I spent my time writing, not taking pictures, sorry!). Givani Smith, who hasn't shown a ton of endurance during the camp, was right there at the end, as was big Alex Peters; players like Saarijarvi, Cholowski, Rasmussen and Sulak started to fade, while Filip Hronek just glided from start to finish. It was a fascinating glimpse into the conditioning reserves of the Wings' players, and the guys were just gassed at the end.

The media did get let into Team Kronwall's room a little early, and it was neat to hear strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar state after the skate test that the Wings' fastest prospects were a full second behind Detroit's NHL players on average, and that the NHL team does the drill four times, not three, which is either insane or amazing. The players were told that they had a long ways to go, but that they would be able to get their data and talk to Kadar, Horcoff or anyone else in the organization about what they could do to improve their numbers...

And Horcoff thanked the players for their hard work and made sure to emphasize that the players keep in touch with the organization as the summer moves forward.

In terms of player assessments on an individual level, keeping in mind, again, that this is indeed "summer hockey" and that we're talking about where a prospect is right now, not where he's going to be in the fall:

FORWARDS:

#11 David Pope: It's been a pleasure to see Pope round out. As it stands now, the 6'3," 198-pound Univresity of Nebraska-Omaha senior has to go back to college and have the same or better season than he did during 2016-17, when he posted 31 points and 13 goals in 34 games played in order to earn a contract with the Wings. He still has a ways to go in terms of his strength and he still has to add some pounds to his frame without sacrificing his superb speed, and there is some concern that he may run out of time before he's able to round into NHL form.

#17 Tommy Marchin*: Marchin was one of the free agent try-outs who really found their form during the final day of camp. He's a 6'3," 215-pound forward that took 5 whole days to look like a 6'3," 215-pound forward, and he does possess strong skating and shooting abilities, but he had some serious ups and downs over the development camp, and right now, he's got to go back to college and get more consistent.

#26 Chase Pearson: One final time, the 6'2," 210-pound Maine sophomore and 2016 draft pick didn't skate, and he's put up tremendous numbers as a freshman phenom, but the big man with an NHL alumnus as a father and a really superb ability to score...Left but glimpses of his talent. He needs to go back to college and improve upon a strong freshman year campaign.

#32 Graham Slaggert*: Slaggert, another free agent invite, found his form on Tuesday, scoring goals in bunches and doing excellently well during the skating test. At 5'11" and 183 pounds, you'd expect the Notre Dame freshman to glide, and glide he did, but again, he was very much so up and down over the course of the development camp. He's going to get his college career started in the fall.

#37 Michael Rasmussen: I wish he would have smiled once. Rasmussen and the rest of the 2017 draft picks left first impressions, and the super-serious, super-dedicated and super-businesslike Rasmussen left a very positive one, but man, this one is wired one way, and that way is all work and no play. At 6'6" and 221 pounds, just about recovered from a broken wrist, we all know that Rasmussen could gain another step and that he's going to have to work on scoring at even strength--that's what all the draft reports suggested--but what you need to know is that even as a bit of a wide-eyed businesslike young man, Rasmussen chugged up and down the ice with enough speed and mobility to spare, he scored slick goals with a big shot and he went to the net, stayed there and tried to tip shots, all on his own. He's an intriguing prospect and it will be exciting to see what the big center can do during the prospect tournament.

#44 Dylan Sadowy: It's up to Sadowy to plain old prove himself now. Blessed with speed, scoring ability of the slick-stickhandling variety and a slight edge to him, Sadowy is a 6,' 205-pound winger and trade aquisition who has done everything but show the goods when he's battling against men older than he is. Sadowy could very well be an excellent scoring winger as he puts on some muscle and continues to develop his excellent finishing skills, but another season like the last and he might be a flub. It's up to Dylan to come to the prospect tournament hoping to turn some heads.

#45 Christoffer Ehn: Those I've talked to about Ehn agree that he has more skill than his likely North American Pro role as a 3rd-line checking center would require, and the 6'2," 193-pound 2014 draft pick will probably earn an NHL contract head over to North America after one more season with the SHL's Frolunda Indians because he's embracing a role that he's over-qualified for. Ehn possesses good speed, a superb shot and passing ability and he's got some playmaking sense about him as well, but he's going to earn his money checking, and he knows it.

#47 Brett Supinski*: One more free agent invite who laid it all on the line during the final day, the 6,' 170-pound Supinski was excellent during the skating test, he charged up and down the ice hard and began to crash and bang a bit. The Union College junior needs to go back to school and improve his consistency.

#56 Mattias Elfstrom: Elfstrom looked really superb during his first development camp, and the 2016 pick and 6'3," 200-pound Malmo Redhawks winger simply needs to try to crack his SHL's men's team's roster full-time. Elfstrom is a superb scorer with good speed and a determined look about him, and he made big strides over the course of the week.

#63 Dominik Shine+: As far as I could tell, Shine did not skate on Tuesday, so he didn't get to dominate a drill he was born to dominate. The 24-year-old Griffins signee out of Northern Michigan is all of 5'11" and 175 pounds, and again, he is faster with the puck on his stick than he is skating without the puck. That's an impressive skill to have, and he needs to cement his status as a Griffin and not a Walleye winger when the prospect tournament comes around.

#67 Lane Zablocki: Zablocki has a good handle on where he needs to go--toward a bigger and stronger body--as the 2017 pick returns to Red Deer of the WHL. The 6,' 190-pound winger took part in practice but not the skating drills, and he's spent all week doing extra, helping out the goaltenders and working very hard to improve. Nothing flashy about him, but that's OK.

#70 Luke Esposito+: Esposito is another Griffins signee, and the Griffins-signed players all have the same goal--to earn an AHL roster spot instead of beginning their 2017-18 seasons in Toledo (not that there's anything wrong with the Walleye). Esposito didn't skate during the camp, and the 5'10," 183-pound Harvard grad is supposed to be a goal-scorer. We'll find out come September.

#73 Zach Gallant: Consistency eluded Gallant, a 6'2," 198-pound Peterborough Petes winger and 2017 draft pick. He may have been overwhelmed, he may have been hurt and he may have been simply learning on the fly, but he didn't stand out despite being a 3rd-round pick. There's not much to figure out here; come back in the fall and play better, that's all he needs to do.

#74 Jack Adams: What a fascinating prospect. At 6'5" and an optimistically-listed 204 pounds, the gigantic winger who's heading to Union College for his freshman season impressed all week long with his ability to rag the puck up ice and score goals, goals, goals with a hard right shot. The 2017 pick needs to bulk up and spend his freshman year living up to some of his potential.

#76 Brady Gilmour: Simply good and gritty, the 5'10," 170-pound center from Saginaw of the OHL has to do what the rest of the 2017 draft picks do--get bigger and stronger before preparing to have an excellent prospect tournament. He won no size contests among a massively tall field but he won more than his fair share of battles for the puck, and pluck is a good intangible to have.

#78 Sean Josling*: Really hard to figure out, Josling scored goals at will on Tuesday, after struggling for the majority of the development camp. At 5'11" and 166 pounds, the Sarnia winger and free agent invite will most likely come back for the prospect tournament seeking some consistency.

And here is a note: Most of the free agent invites from the OHL or WHL (there are no Q invites this year) are going to be coming back for the prospect tournament to round out the roster. I do not know which ones are locks and which ones are question marks, so we will have to see who gets invited back--and until we do, I'm going to assume that these youngsters turned enough heads to play for somebody come September.

#79 Oliver Castleman*: Ditto, ditto. The 5'10," 180-pound Niagara IceDog and free agent invite got better as camp went along, but he didn't improve enough to leave a big impression.

#80 Luke Kutkevicius*: Perhaps it's not surprising to witness a 6'1," 162-pound winger fade with time, and that's what Kutkevicius did, as if his conditoning failed him as the development camp continued. He was gritty, spunky, fast and intriguing early on, but he faded as the days went by. That will have to change if/when he comes back in September.

#81 Givani Smith: Smith displayed a tremendous fitness level by absolutely gobbling up the skating test, and the 6'2," 206-pound winger continues to remind me of Tyler Bertuzzi, another Guelph Storm winger. Smith was unable to unleash his pestering physical game upon his teammates, but it's evident that it's there, as is a very good ability to finish scoring chances. His enthusiasm is tremendous, too, and he just needs to work out at Barwis Methods and soak up NHL knowledge this August.

#82 Isaac Johnson*: Johnson was yet another free agent invite who left it all on the table on the final day, but he will head back to the USHL to play for Des Moines if he hasn't already snagged a college scholarship. At 6'2" and 174 pounds, the lanky forward
"did a lot of learning."

#96 Michal Pastujov*: The free agent invites with NCAA commitments don't get to come back until the following summer, and I'm not sure if Pastujov is going to be here next summer. The 6,' 192-pound US National Team Development Program grad and Michigan freshman simply needs to go to Michigan and battle for a spot.

DEFENSEMEN:

#2 Dennis Cholowski: Cholowski came a long way, even over the course of development camp, but he has a long way to go, too. The 6'1," 180-pound defenseman who had a rough year at Saint Cloud State is probably going to end up with the WHL's Prince George Cougars, and the Red Wings are going to keep a close eye on him there as there's just so much potential in Cholowski's game...the "work to do" comes from the skating test, which Cholowski struggled with, and the occasions when he "got turned around" during the team drills. Cholowski is a smooth-skating defenseman who has an excellent stick, good gap control, a strong pass and/or ability to lug the puck up ice, a hard shot and good vision. He just needs to get bigger and stronger and more efficient, continuing to learn a difficult position.

#4 Alfons Malmstrom: Fifth day, same observations about the 6'2," 190-pound defenseman from Orebro and 2016 draft pick. Big. Simple, safe, steady, occasionally willing and able to jump up in the rush, especially with fellow Swedes. He spent his week adjusting to a smaller rink and a speedier game, and he needs to go back to Sweden and try to earn a spot on the men's team full-time.

#24 Patrick Holway: Holway was last summer's Jack Adams, and this summer's Richard Nedomlel. All arms and legs at 6'4" and 204 pounds, if Holway can get his body going in the same direction the majority of the time, he's got all the tools to become a strong two-way-if-not-offensive defenseman with some physical panache. If he can't get his arms and legs in order, his freshman season at Maine will be an aberration, and the 2016 draft pick will have a ways to go to catch up with himself.

#27 Mitch Eliot*: Not overly big at 6' and 188 pounds, not overly strong or overly physical, Eliot still managed to look smart, steady and intelligent among a crowded field of massive defensemen. His positioning was sound and his stick was quite good as his main defensive and offensive weapon. Going back to MSU for his sophomore season, the free agent invite simply needs to accentuate the positive.

#28 Vili Saarijarvi: LIke Cholowski, Saarijarvi has come a long way and has a long way to go, at least in terms of conditioning. He slithered and snaked his way up and down the ice during the team drills, displaying excellent mobility, a fantastic defensive stick, good gap control, a whippy shot and sneaky passing ability as he skated like a forward...and then he got completely gassed during the skating test, laying down afterward. He's got to work on his conditioning as Saarijarvi looks to turn pro with Grand Rapids or Toledo this fall, because he's only going to get so far at 5'10" and 172 pounds.

#48 Gustav Lindstrom: Lindstrom did not take part in the final day's worth of team or skating drills, and that's too bad, because I was very intrigued to see what the 6'2," 187-ish pound defenseman from Almtuna of the Swedish second division could do. The 2017 pick has tremendous stick skills and just needs to stick with Almtuna's men's team.

#53 Alex Peters*: A puzzle from start to finish, the free agent invite out of Flint of the OHL roared to victory during the skating test despite standing 6'4" and 220 pounds, and there are times that Peters looks like someone who the Dallas Stars should not have chosen to allow to become a free agent, because he's a hulking defenseman with great physical gifts, but there are times that he's been invisible, too. With a standing offer from St. Mary's University, will he come back for the prospect tournament, or will he just head off to school in Canada?

#58 Patrick McCarron+: Good camp, good impressions from the 6'3," 201-pound Cornell graduate who hopes to earn a spot with the Griffins or Walleye this fall. McCarron is a big man who plays a simple, physical and safe game, and he was able to keep up with the rush as well. He's going to have to have a good prospect tournament to turn heads.

#75 Evan Fiala*: I am hoping that the Wings invite the free agent defenseman back, because a 6'4," 205-pound right-shooting defenseman with 139 penalty minutes is an intriguing deterrent to have come prospect tournament time. He's been mobile and steady playing alongside Peters, and now he needs to earn a chance to crash and bang.

#84 Reilly Webb: Another 2017 draft pick making a first impression, the 6'3," 201-pound right-shooter from the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs was a strong skater and physical player at some times and was a very young man trying to soak up his first develompent camp at others. He'll be back for the prospect tournament, and he'll need to play steadier there.

#85 Cole Fraser: Fraser did not do anything superbly but did most everything well as a 2017 pick from Peterborough, standing tall and bulky at 6'2" and 191 pounds. He showed signs of a snarl to his game and was able to pick up his game and get into the rush from time to time. He needs to build off his development camp performance in the fall.

#86 Malte Setkov: What a wild stallion of a defenseman! At 6'6" and possibly 192 pounds, the Malmo J20 defenseman and 2017 draft pick was a treat to watch skating up and down the ice with blazing speed at his massive size, but he's so damn skinny that the puck-lugging defenseman rather desperately needs to bulk up and/or gain some strength as he focuses on jumping to Malmo's men's team.

#87 Filip Hronek: Overall, Hronek may be the most NHL-ready of the Wings' crop of offensive defensemen, but it would be a dangerous, dangerous thing to put Hronek in the lineup this early. As a high-risk, high-reward defender whose speed masks a 6,' 170-pound size, Hronek is another 2016 pick with great stick skills and an ability to "gap up" because there is no gap when Hronek makes a mad dash for the puck via a stick or skate battle with an offensive player...which can be deadly at times. He's got all the abilites necessary to head-man rushes or rush the puck up ice himself, and eventually, Hronek is going to patrol the Wings' blueline. He's got some learning to do yet, and he needs to make the Griffins or Walleye's roster and learn to play against men.

#88 Libor Sulak: Sulak does play against men as he's already played in the Austrian league and is headed for the Finnish Liiga's Lahti Pelicans barring a masterful training camp performance. The 6'2," 207-pound free agent signing skates fantastically well and is an excellent positional defender who uses his skating to rather elegantly set up offensive plays. He can get "turned around," but most everyone can from time to time, and the 22-year-old will be back in the fall looking to earn a North American spot.

#92 Tomas Dvorak*: A free agent from the Czech league, the 6'4," 203-pound Dvorak left it all on the ice during his final day of development camp, but I don't think it was enough to earn much more than an invite back for next summer. Big and safe, he didn't dazzle.

#94 Kasper Kotkansalo: Kotkansalo and Jordan Sambrook both possess "Swiss Army Knife defenseman" potential, and Kotkansako is taking a longer developmental route through Boston University, so the 2017 pick may have more time to put his game together. The 6'2," 196-pound USHL graduate skates the puck up ice with superb skill, though he's not as fast as Sulak or Setkov, and he possesses a physical bite and strong defensive abilities as well. He left a great first impression, and it will have to last for a year as he's off to college now.

#95 Jordan Sambrook: Sambrook did better than expected in the skating drill, and the 6'2," 193-pound Erie Otters defenseman will probably go back to the OHL and try to earn an "A" or "C" on his jersey after taking part in his second development camp. Safe and steady to a tee, Sambrook is a well-rounded defenseman who needs to lead as he takes part in a final Major Junior season.

#97 Adam Larkin*: Larkin is determined to earn a pro contract somewhere, and I believe he will do just that. The 6,' 190-pound Yale senior looked superb as a free agent invite, and the speedy, exceptionally intelligent defenseman left very positive impressions all over the ice as he charged up to make strong offensive plays and retreated to soundly defend. He's determined to take the lessons he learned during camp and turn them into a pro career, and I'm not gonna bet against the free agent invite.

GOALTENDERS:

#30 Chase Perry: There is some debate as to whether Perry lost a year of college eligiblity by leaving Colorado College after his freshman year, and if he's a junior instead of a senior at Rensselaer, that would be great news for a slow-developing netminder. Perry is finally putting his 6'3," 195-pound frame to use as a big butterfly goalie who is able to make strong glove and blocker stops, to lay his pads out excellently in the butterfly and move around his net with aplomb...all while adopting a more conservative style in the net. Whatever year he's going to be completing, he needs to put up better stats as he assumes a starter's role.

#31 Matej Machovsky: Not ironically something of a "wild stallion" himself, the free agent signing from Plzen of the Czech Extraliga can be a flashy, flourishing netminder who makes dramatic saves, but he's slowly and surely learning how to play both the North American rink's angles and a North American kind of game. The 6'2," 187-pound goalie who's making his second go-round in North America may very well start as the Toledo Walleye's starting goaltender, but that's as strong a place as any to re-start his pro journey.

#36 Kaden Fulcher*: Fulcher will likely come back for the prospect tournament as the "third goalie," and given the at-the-start-of-his-developmental-curve status for the 6'3," 183-pound free agent invite from Hamilton, a learning position is a good one. Fulcher did a great job of reining in his style while working with the Wings' goalie coaches.

#38 Joren van Pottelberghe: Joren knows that he needs to improve technically, pointing out that his knees need to drop to the ice quicker and that his glove needs to be better during a final-day interview, and those are good things to hear from someone who already plays professional hockey in Davos of the Swiss league. The 6'2," 201-pound goalie will split time with Gilles Senn this season, and the 2015 draft pick would be well on his way to earning a pro contract if he's able to win the goaltending job outright.

#68 Filip Larsson: Larsson, like van Pottelberghe, is trying to reinvent his style after going with what didn't work until last year with Djurgardens IF's J20 team, and the 6'2," 187-pound netminder is figuring things out as he prepares to head to the USHL to try and earn a college scholarship. He's in the process of getting steadier and simpler in the net, and he knows it. He'll have more time to develop as a USHL'er and/or college player.

#90 Keith Petruzzelli: The final "wild stallion" of the bunch, Petruzzelli can use his 6'6," 185-pound frame to block the majority of the net by dropping a pad to the ice or simply standing up with that huge chest protector, but it's his hands that need work, with his blocker and especially his glove sometimes saving him and sometimes dooming his attempts to stop the puck. He needs to settle down and work on his technique, and as a 2017 pick and incoming Quinnipiac freshman, he has time to sort himself out.

 

Wow. I have the itchy throat, cough and last-day cold's worth of evidence that it's been an incredibly busy past 5 days, but I'm also surprised that I've made it to the end of the Wings' summer development camp. I can't thank you enough for reading, for getting me up here, and for pushing me to be a better writer.

If you still have questions, I may have emptied the notebook, but I'm not out of material or ideas, so: if you've got any lingering questions Twitter, Facebook or email are good ways to reach me if you're not into the comments section.

Also: I got to the last day a hundred bucks short of breaking even, but I'm getting there, and again, I'm incredibly grateful for your support and readership. If you feel like putting a tip in the jar, https://www.paypal.me/TheMalikReport works best.

Now I'm going to eat some Culver's and take a half-hour break. Man, this has been an intense week, but a good one, and I'm sure after a week or two I'll get itchy to do it all over again in September.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Today is the first day I really think you tempered expectations for guys like Saajarvi, Hronek, Cholowski. To be honest, I really focus on the major prospects when reading through.

The latter two need to be in the AHL. Cholo definitely needs to build strength and gain confidence in the CHL.

And I say that as a nobody sitting on my couch right now.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/11/17 at 06:51 PM ET

damndog's avatar

George,

Great write up as usual. I sent you a little to help you break even. Thanks for doing such a good job for all of us who cannot make it up there.

Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 07/11/17 at 07:24 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Ehn possesses good speed, a superb shot and passing ability and he’s got some playmaking sense about him as well, but he’s going to earn his money checking, and he knows it.

 

because that’s where all the money is

Posted by MoreShoot on 07/11/17 at 07:44 PM ET

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because that’s where all the money is

Posted by MoreShoot on 07/11/17 at 07:44 PM ET

Remember. This is Kenny. The trio of Abby, Helm, LGD make $10M/year. And for a lot more years.

Posted by fatsavage on 07/11/17 at 08:11 PM ET

Primis's avatar

because that’s where all the money is

Posted by MoreShoot on 07/11/17 at 07:44 PM ET

It worked for Glenny and Helm.

Posted by Primis on 07/11/17 at 09:14 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Another good read, GM

I was just thinking the very fast growth of these young mens’ bodies is really painful for some, one leg grows faster than the other, etc. I am just amazed how tall some of these prospects are and some heavy to boot.

For next year maybe add the prospects age if possible.  Some seem still very young others in their early 20’s, just guessing.

Now we wait

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/11/17 at 10:37 PM ET

Shanny_Fan's avatar

Great write up GM. Thanks for doing what you do.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 07/12/17 at 01:00 AM ET

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