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Red Wings afternoon news: a ‘fantasy outlook,’ a Green rumor reality check and Hall-of-Fame Knuble

Amongst this afternoon's non-coaching-related Red Wings stories:

This PSA from WDIV, repeating a press release from the Wings, bears repeating:

A fun and free family-friendly hockey event for charity is [taking place at Kroger on] July 19 in Canton.

Hockey Fest will benefit the Ted Lindsay Foundation, which aims at raising money for autism research and education.

Activities include:

  • “Face Off” in the Top Shot inflatable gallery
  • Play the ultimate hockey game in the mini rink
  • Be the goalie and stop the foam puck in the shooting range
  • Take your fastest shot in the puck radar cage
  • Experience hockey history in the Legends of Hockey exhibit
  • Meet Red Wings Alumni
  • Enter for a chance to win great prizes including tickets for a Red Wings game

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kroger at 45540 Michigan Avenue, Canton.

In a very different vein, the Hockey News's Darryl Dobbs looks at the Red Wings' "outlook" for the upcoming season from an angle we have yet to really examine, in terms of the team's fantasy hockey appeal:

Ready for full-time – [Tomas] Nosek is a 21-year-old who finished ninth in Czech League scoring. He’ll spend the season in Grand Rapids and look to make his mark in an organization already deep in young scoring forwards.

Tomas Jurco produced 32 points in 32 American League games last season, but he actually played more games in the NHL (36). The Red Wings had a lot of injury issues last season though, so a roster spot is not assured. Certainly not with fellow prospect Anthony Mantha just as hungry. But Jurco will get his share of call-ups you can be certain.

Mantha took the fantasy hockey world by storm when he dominated the Quebec League last season. He tallied 57 goals and 120 points in 57 games. This, after impressing for Team Canada at the WJC. The 6-4 19-year-old still needs to add bulk, but he boasts so much talent that it’s hard to imagine he won’t get a long look in training camp.

Xavier Ouellet boasted some big numbers in junior with Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL, but his offense as a pro will take several years to develop. It may not develop at all, if he settles into a shutdown role. Very impressive as a rookie for Grand Rapids and during four games with the Red Wings, Ouellet is capable of holding a No.5 or 6 spot for the big club right now.

Fantasy Outlook – Although last year’s leading scorer had just 51 points, the Red Wings still boast two potential 80-point guys in Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. And at the rate Gustav Nyquist is impressive, he’ll be joining them soon. With Niklas Kronwall now a 50-point defender and with Jurco and Mantha on the way, the Red Wings boast plenty of fantasy appeal. But much relies on the health of their two veteran superstars and they could end up fighting for their playoff lives once again. Fantasy Grade: B- (last year was B+)




In terms of trade talk, NBC Washington's Adam Vingan has resurrected the "Mike Green to Detroit?" line, but he does so from a surprising point of view:

With eight defensemen under contract for a whopping $28,762,500, it seemed like a trade was inevitable and the most frequently mentioned destination was Detroit, where the Red Wings missed on every notable right-handed defenseman available in free agency (Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman).

Why does being right-handed matter? Because the Red Wings deployed a defensive corps that was exclusively left-handed last season. That detail combined with his offensive inclinations and an expiring contract made Green very enticing to the Red Wings. Or at least to those who report on them, who have been pushing for his acquisition to the point that Green is "destined to be traded."

I personally do not believe there is much to the "Green-to-Detroit" rumors, if anything at all. And If I am being asked to place a percentage on Green being traded at all this summer, then I am going to start at 30 percent.

"We have not had any communication with Washington’s administration concerning Mike’s status," agent Don Meehan said in a July 3 email.

General manager Brian MacLellan and coach Barry Trotz have each insisted that the 28-year-old is in Washington's immediate plans (at least outwardly). He helps the team more than he hurts it, and it would be foolhardy for the Capitals to send him away before they have an opportunity to see how their bolstered defense works with him as a cog.

Methinks we've got a "pour cold water on this hot rumor" situation:




In the prospect department, Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski spoke with Lake Superior State University sophomore Alex Globke about his participation in the summer development camp (Globke's a free agent presently, and the 6'2," 194-pound Waterford native looked good but needs a bit more seasoning at the NCAA Division I level)....

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” he said. “It’s definitely fun to play for a team I’ve been watching my whole life.”

Globke said he received offers from other NHL teams to participate in their development camps, but Detroit was his top choice all along. It’s easy to see why the Red Wings invited the 6-foot-3 forward to camp.

Globke was one of the top freshmen in the WCHA last season and led the Lakers in points with 36. He went on a seven-game point streak three games into the season and earned playing time on a line with seniors Colin Campbell and Dan Radke.

“I’ve been fortunate,” he said. “I played with two seniors last year which helped and they really helped me develop. Coach [Jim Roque] gave me the opportunity to play with them and I took it.”

The Red Wings signed Campbell to a two-year, entry-level contract back in March, and Globke said playing on a line with Lake State’s alternate captain propelled his game.

“He’s a good player, he’s a shooter,” Globke said. “I like to give him the puck and go to the net. I’m the kind of guy who likes to get to the net so it was good to play with him. I would be there for anything left behind.”




In the alumni department, the Grand Rapids Press's Steve Kaminski reports that a former Wing has been named part of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class...

Mike Knuble

Knuble, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Grand Rapids, enjoyed a standout hockey career at East Kentwood High School, and it was a sign of things to come. He played four years at the University of Michigan, before debuting with the Detroit Red Wings in 1996. He also played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers.

Knuble scored 20 goals or more in eight consecutive seasons, and he was a member of Detroit’s 1998 team that won the Stanley Cup. He recorded 278 goals and 548 points in 1,068 games through the 2012-2013 season. He also played for the U.S. hockey team in 2006.




And in a different kind of prospect news, the AHL teased us with this quip regarding a non-embeddable video last week...

Today, Hockey Webcaster posited a YouTube-formatted video which includes some of Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Jurco's best work:

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I think Green can really help this team (despite the fact he is not good defensively) as he brings exactly what we are missing, but I am sure the price is prohibitive.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/14 at 04:51 PM ET


As to Green—I think the biggest thing is whether he’s happy in Washington.

If he winds up behind Niskanen and is unhappy, I think he’ll request a trade and get it post-haste.

But I agree that otherwise there is no fire.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/15/14 at 05:13 PM ET

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