The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/05/13 at 07:48 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings' annual summer development camp takes place from next Wednesday, July 9th, to Monday, July 15th. The Red Wings released a pre-draft preliminary roster for the camp, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau listed the try-out invitees, and now the Left Wing Lock's posted the entire roster--though it's subject to change:
Update: Speaking of which, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned a lost-in-the-shuffle article about the prospects and the Wings' draft haul:
All but one of Detroit’s 2013 NHL entry draft picks are slated to participate in the camp. Kelowna Rockets defenceman Mitch Wheaton, selected 139th overall, underwent shoulder surgery in late February and is still in the midst of the recovery process.
“He’s a big guy,” Detroit amateur scout Jeff Finley said of the 6-5, 225-pound Wheaton. “Mobility is a bit of an issue right now, but the coaches in Kelowna rave about him. He’s got a great work ethic. He’s found the gym, he’s lost some weight. He moves the puck well, and has got great hockey sense and defensive instincts. He’s a smart player.”
Another big guy who is a long-term project is 6-6 Prince George Cougars defenceman Marc McNulty, taken 169th overall. “He’s got a long stick and a big reach,” Finley said. “He’s got real good feet and good hands for a guy that size, but he’s real weak right now at this stage. He needs a lot of strength and consistency.
“Probably the reason he fell to where he did there were a lot of nights he needed to be better than he was. He’s a bit of a project right now but I think he has huge upside because of his size and mobility.”
Strength is also an issue with left-winger David Pope (109th overall), who’s off to play NCAA hockey at Nebraska-Omaha, but his upside is that he can shoot the puck like a pro.
“He’s got an NHL shot and release,” Finley said. “That’s the strength of his game. He’s sort of an up-and-down type of player. We see him as third-line type of guy that can move up. He’s got some good skill.”
The camp will also offer the first look at a couple of Swedes, AIK centre Mattias Janmark-Nylen (No. 79) and Tingsryds AIF right-winger Hampus Melen (No. 199). Both are proven scorers as juniors. Janmark-Nylen set a Swedish junior scoring mark with 61 points in 40 games for the AIK under-20 team in 2011-12 and was second on scoring with AIK’s senior team in 2012-13, producing 31 points in 55 games.
“He was rewarded by playing a couple of exhibition games on the Swedish national team, which is pretty good as a 20-year-old,” Detroit director of European scouting Hakan Andersson said. “He’s a good skater, he works hard, and has ability with the puck. He has some hands and hockey sense.”
And he continues at length.
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