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No point in waiting for the gravy-here are the interviews with Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, etc.

I dropped some hints regarding some massive interviews in my mid-day report from the final day of the Red Wings’ summer prospect camp, but halfway into a much-needed afternoon nap I figured that there’s no point whatsoever in asking you to wait for the “evening report” to hear my conversations with Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill, 2011 first-round pick Tomas Jurco, Grand Rapids Griffins forwards-to-be Landon Ferraro and Mitchell Callahan and Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer:

I spoke to Nill about the prospect camp and its own development over time (in terms of both on and off-ice work), as well as his thoughts about some of the players who’ve stood out, his moves as the de-facto GM of the Grand Rapids Griffins, his takes on the Red Wings’ free agent signings, coaching changes and a little bit about Chris Osgood and Kris Draper’s futures, too. We talked for fourteen minutes. It’s a huge file as well so please be warned*

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I also spoke with Tomas Jurco about his impressions regarding the camp and his summer plans…

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As well as Landon Ferraro, who says that he felt around 80-85%...

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Mitchell Callahan, who fought Ferraro (they’re friends)...

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And Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, who talked about the messages the Wings are trying to impart upon their prospects, the evolution of the camp over time and his status as the Czech under-20 team’s assistant coach. I believe the Fischer interview is six or seven minutes long:

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*II try to use the “super high quality” version of my audio recording software, and it results in massive files, but the trade-off is that even my mumbling is relatively audible.

And yes, Jiri Fischer and Jim Nill are that genuine and friendly, as were the vast majority of the players. I’m no longer floored by the quality of the human beings the Red Wings employ or the character of the prospects they’re trying to develop, but it’s really damn cool that they’re such quality human beings. It speaks well of the organization and the players themselves.

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WingsFaninCO's avatar

I love the effort.  Thanks again George, this is amazing stuff.  Now, seriously, go get some rest or we will have to petition Paul to suspend your posting priveleges until you rest up.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 07/14/11 at 08:39 PM ET


Some really nice interviews.  Compared to a few years ago, its great because the Wings organization has alot of young talent with real upside.  It will be interesting to see if any of this crop has the talent to break out a little earlier and make it to the NHL in a couple years. Its possible though ofcourse Smith and Tatar will be there sooner. I hope Dick Axellson, who had such a great season back in Sweden, hasnt given up on thoughts of playing here after splitting from Grand Rapids.  Im not sold on Mursak or Emmerton as being real NHL contributors but thats for the organization to decide. Shame things didnt work out for Jarnkrok or Pulkinnen to be here this year.  Also a shame that Ilari Filpulla , who was very productive for Grand Rapids, split back to Finland.  I think it will be great to give guys like Callahan,  Ferraro, Parkes, Coetzee a shot at Grand Rapids.  Sometimes players need to be challenged at the next step when they’ve displayed some real talent.

Posted by karlander on 07/14/11 at 08:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

George, keep it up.  You’re learning and applying a great lesson the Wings organ-I-zation like to teach:  build relationships.  I just love what you’re doing.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 07/14/11 at 09:11 PM ET

tkfergy's avatar

Also a shame that Ilari Filpulla , who was very productive for Grand Rapids, split back to Finland.

Ilari realistically would not make the Red Wings roster. Yes he did great here in GR, but the only way he would make the NHL is if he went to another club.

Posted by tkfergy on 07/15/11 at 01:29 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Im not sold on Mursak or Emmerton as being real NHL contributors…

Well, karlander, like your apostrophes, you’re obviously missing something…at least where Mursak is concerned.

The Wings have “guaranteed” him a spot on this year’s roster for one simple reason – he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt last year that he’s ready. And he may well see some third-line duty because of his willingness to play in the “hard areas” as Babs likes to describe it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/15/11 at 02:26 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Like the new media players, George.  The old ones were buggy.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 07/15/11 at 04:26 AM ET

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