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Prospect news: Cholowski named to Canadian WJC selection camp; on Svechnikov’s sophomore slump

Of prospect-related note this afternoon:

1. Hockey Canada announced its World Junior Selection Camp roster today, Dennis Cholowski was named to the team. Somewhat surprisingly, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith didn't make the cut.

Cholowski joins Filip Larsson and Gustav Lindstrom (Sweden), Kasper Kotkansalo (Finland) and Malte Setkov (Denmark) as the Wings prospects battling for World Junior Championship jobs.

I would suggest that Rasmussen (upper-body injury) and Smith (ankle injury) have missed too much time with injuries to be considered for the WJC camp. Rasmussen will get another chance next year;

2. And The Athletic's Katie Strang penned an article about Evgeny Svechnikov's sophomore slump:

Svechnikov, a first-round pick in 2015 (19th overall), has a mere two goals and four points since his return [from a neck injury]. Considering his standout 20-goal, 51-point rookie campaign last season, his lack of production is, without question, a concern. For the Red Wings. For the fan base. For Svechnikov himself. What’s going on?

“He struggled early in the year,” Griffins coach Todd Nelson told The Athletic. “When he came back into the lineup, he was trying to do too much. He was complicating his game. He was trying to make plays he didn't have to make.”

Offensively, he’d over-handle the puck, try to beat opponents one-on-one when he didn’t have to. Defensively, he’d fade away rather than stopping and starting. He wasn't producing, and it was crippling his confidence.

An eager and earnest pupil, Svechnikov would internalize his struggles and get stuck in his own head. That impacted his game. He'd think too much.

“These things have a snowball effect for him,” player development coach Danny Cleary said. “The main thing with Svech is he's got great tools and he cares, so he's already ahead of the game. Now it's a matter of managing his mind, managing how he processes not playing well or not having a good shift. It's important, learning how to forget quickly. And that comes with seasoning.”

Strang continues (Paywall), and I'd argue that Svechnikov is too hard-working at heart and too talented to continue to struggle over the long haul...

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Cholowski joins Filip Larsson and Gustav Lindstrom (Sweden), Kasper Kotkansalo (Finland) and Malte Setkov (Denmark) as the Wings prospects battling for World Junior Championship jobs.

awesome news that there is some Wings representation in the WJrs. Too bad about Rasmussen’s injury.

Now it’s a matter of managing his mind, managing how he processes not playing well or not having a good shift. It’s important, learning how to forget quickly. And that comes with seasoning.

Sage advice Danny Boy.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/06/17 at 02:06 PM ET

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No Ras is not a huge surprise for me.  Watching the Russia/Canada series it was tough to find him on the ice.  He never played C but was always was Left Wing. Not a Regular on the PP.

He was hassled behind the net by 3 Russians and didn’t even look at them.  Now I know he shouldn’t retaliate but at least vocally tell them , the next shift you will be missing a limb.

Very soft player, no excitement to his game.  Skating, not sure.  One min he is cruising along the all of sudden he is scoring a goal.

Nothing wrong with being like Z, a lot wrong being like Goose.

He will surely need someone to keep the flies off, in GR/Detroit

Not going to kick him around too much at 18 but others were crashing and banging,  crashing the net trying to make an impression for WJC tryouts.

Probably best to let him be at least for this year and see were he is at.  Definitely not at the WJC level yet.

Glad Todd and Cleary are in GR helping Svech.

Don’t know enough about Givani.  I can’t remember whether he played in the Canada/Russia series

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/06/17 at 02:19 PM ET

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Happy that Cholowski was selected. It will be a good measuring stick. But at the same time, being invited is essentially a bare minimum for where he was drafted. Other d-men selected in the 1st round are already having an NHL impact - Sergachev, Chychrun, McAvoy. So fellow 1st rounders like Bean, Fabbro, Stanley, Cholowski should absolutely look fantastic against fellow teenagers. Anything less should be concerning.

Rasmussen not being selected isn’t as alarming given his draft year. Although Vegas must be excited to see both Glass and Suzuki invited. Suzuki was on the board for us at 9 but we took a pass.

Not even sure why Givani Smith was mentioned. There was basically no chance he was going. Even if healthy, I’m not sure this guy is all that impressive. Hindsight is always 20-20, but if you go back to the 2016 draft, the player selected right after we took Smith, was Nashville selecting Samuel Girard, who is already playing in the NHL at age 19. As some of us said, this organization should have been prioritizing d-men, one after the other. So why was drafting Smith, with a ceiling of a bottom 6 winger, a bigger priority than taking a d-man like Girard? But maybe this franchise is convinced that Cholowski, Hronek, Saarijarvi are all going to pan out. Just like Smith, Kindl, Sproul, Oulette right? Throw more darts at the board and keep selecting d-men please. Abrasive wingers are a dime-a-dozen.

Posted by fatsavage on 12/06/17 at 02:22 PM ET

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Don’t know enough about Givani.  I can’t remember whether he played in the Canada/Russia series

I believe he did not play. Injured, maybe, but probably wouldn’t have made the cut.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/06/17 at 02:22 PM ET

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Givani was in the WJC Showcase - and scored a flukey goal. Otherwise played on the bottom lines, I dont think PK, but at least played hard.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/06/17 at 02:23 PM ET

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Not even sure why Givani Smith was mentioned.
because he was on the team last year playing all situations.

the player selected right after we took Smith

blah blah blah…........If only the wings had drafted Jagr instead of Primeau. Arguments like this can be made up and down each draft.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/06/17 at 02:25 PM ET

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Rasmussen will get another chance next year.

No he won’t. He will be our 1C in Grand Rapids.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 12/07/17 at 08:41 AM ET

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Svechnikov’s sophomore slump… say what???

Surprising, considering the HHHT masses had Svechnikov deserving a top 6 role this summer over say anyone on this roster. I guess sometimes HHHT gets it wrong thinking anyone who can score a goal in a Griffins jersey or has a nice small stretch is ready and rightfully owed a spot to replace actual NHL players eh? Something to consider this summer…

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 12/07/17 at 08:42 AM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 12/07/17 at 08:42 AM ET


but but but why not let young players come up for one day? We can run it like a bring your kid to work day. each player on the big club brings one kid from GR up to the big club. They could learn so much, like:

What makes swedish meatballs swedish (Zetterberg)
Soundproofing walls in your condo (Tatar)
Selecting Halloween Costumes (Sheahan) [cancelled]
Standing around on the powerplay (whole team)


And you get a cup of coffee. In the lounge of the hotel you’re staying at. And you have to get it yourself.


WORTH IT

 

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 09:09 AM ET

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but but but why not let young players come up for one day? We can run it like a bring your kid to work day. each player on the big club brings one kid from GR up to the big club. They could learn so much, like:

What makes swedish meatballs swedish (Zetterberg)
Soundproofing walls in your condo (Tatar)
Selecting Halloween Costumes (Sheahan) [cancelled]
Standing around on the powerplay (whole team)

And you get a cup of coffee. In the lounge of the hotel you’re staying at. And you have to get it yourself.

WORTH IT

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 09:09 AM ET

Still obsessed with this. We get it. You think calling up Lashoff rather than Hicketts for that one game was a great move. It helped us on the ice. It sent a healthy message throughout the organization. Yup. We got it. And who knows, after 180 NHL games spread over 4 seasons, maybe the 181st game will help the 27-year old Lashoff turn the corner into someone that can help this roster. Sounds so much better than rewarding Hicketts for his first game…  LOL

Posted by fatsavage on 12/07/17 at 09:50 AM ET

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Still obsessed with this

speaking of obsessions….....

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/07/17 at 02:26 PM ET

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Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/07/17 at 02:26 PM ET

Like a crazy ex girlfriend. sigh. Next up: restraining order.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 02:41 PM ET

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