The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/08/14 at 10:31 PM ET
The last entry that I posted, my wrap-up of the Red Wings' summer development camp, is the first entry in which I've officially maxed out the blog's content-or-character count on writing--ever. We've had our "new software" for over two years now, but that's the first time I've "broken the blog" based upon nothing but writing. That's pretty cool.
While I was writing that entry, other folks chimed in on the development camp. Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer spoke with the NHL on XM/Sirius Radio's Scott Laughlin, giving a 13-minute interview...
Team Yzerman defeated Team Lidstrom by a score of 5-1 Tuesday morning to close out the Detroit Red Wings’ annual development camp.
Dressed in red uniforms, both Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin had assists in the game and helped set the tone offensively for Team Yzerman.
“It felt great,” said Mantha, the reigning CHL Player of the Year. “As the week went on it just got better for our team and I think we showed that today.”
Instead of 20-minute periods, the teams played two 25-minute running clock halves. All penalties resulted in modified penalty shots, with the other players on the ice following behind the shooter.
The red team got on the board early after Mantha set up Mike McKee with a nice pass in the slot for a one-timer that beat Team Lidstrom goalie Lucas Peressini.
“[McKee] played a great game and it helped us out up front that they joined the rush,” Mantha said.
The post-scrimmage shootout Tuesday went 10 rounds before camp invite Kyle Braun of Colgate scored the only goal against Team Yzerman goalie Jared Corneau, who split last season between Toledo (ECHL) and Grand Rapids (AHL).
Jake Paterson stopped all 10 shots in the Team Lidstrom net. Paterson spent the last three seasons playing for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit and is slated to being next season in Toledo. He was the Red Wings third-round pick (80th overall) in the 2012 draft.
"Paterson and I, we like to compete so it was good," said Coreau, who signed with the Red Wings as a free agent out, of Northern Michigan. "It was good. The fans reaction said it all to finally get that goal."
ABC 10 posted a profile of Jared Coreau...
WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski spoke with Anthony Mantha about the possibility that he might start the season in Grand Rapids...
The Wings have a history of letting their prospects develop at length in the minors. But Mantha appears to have a legitimate chance to become one of the very few to jump directly from the juniors to Detroit.
“The fact that he’s even in that conversation means that he had an outstanding career in juniors,” Griffins Head Coach Jeff Blashill said.
“If I do everything I need to make the team and don’t give them any chance to send me back down, it’s a pressure on them. But as I mentioned, I’ll be ready,” Mantha said.
To get to Detroit, Mantha will have to beat out a top-six forward — and that would not be easy. If he doesn’t head straight to the Wings, he’ll start his pro career in Grand Rapids.
“Grand Rapids is a great place to play: great coaching staff, great players,” Mantha said.
The Red Wings posted a farewell-to-Traverse City Tweet...
And Red Wings TV's Dan Mannes focused on Larkin and Mantha to close out his coverage of the camp...
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a notebook which included comments from Alexey Marchenko, a profile of some of the folks who lined up overnight for training camp tickets, a scrimmage recap...
“If the players take one thing away from this camp take away the level of work ethic and the daily attention to detail that the Detroit Red Wings organization demands,” Blashill said. “Hopefully, if they can walk away with that knowledge it will help them a lot and prepare them become Red Wings in the future, so in the near future, some in the not-so future.”
Headlining the camp were the franchise’s last two first-round draft picks – Anthony Mantha (No. 20 overall in 2013) and Dylan Larkin (No. 15 in 2014).
The camp had different mean for the two young stars, both expected to be NHL stars, though one sooner than the other.
“It gave me a look into what it means to be a pro,” said Larkin, who will be a freshman at the University of Michigan in the fall. “It wasn’t just about being on the ice, but what it takes to be a pro off of the ice, working out, we had a cooking class, we had a social media presentation. All of it ties back into being a professional, representing your team and yourself.”
And this note:
The Red Wings will return to northern Michigan in two months for the NHL Prospects Tournament, held from Sept. 12-16. The 16th annual tournament is the oldest of its kind in the league.
The Red Wings will begin the defense of their 2013 championship on Sept. 12 in an eight-team field that includes the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
Detroit’s lineup will feature former draft picks and signed free agents Marchenko, Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Zach Nastasiuk, Dominic Turgeon, Marc McNulty, Richard Nedomlel, Jake Paterson, Tomas Nosek and Scott Czarnowczan. Expected to round out the Red Wings’ tournament roster are undrafted junior and graduated college players – forwards Blake Clarke, Hayden Hodgson, Darby Llewellyn, Brandon Robinson, and defensemen Kevin Clare, Joe Hicketts and Logan Schmidt, and goalie Andrew D'Aostini – who participated in this week’s development camp.
And on Twitter...
And that's it from me and everybody else for now. I've hit the 80-hour-work-week mark after 5 days, and I won't deny that this camp was less than enjoyable "for the first time ever, too. I need to rest a bit tomorrow, drive home on Thursday (I tend to plan on an extra day given how much energy that last day's worth of writing extracts) and then cover the balance of the summer's news.
The news cycle won't slow down for another week to ten days, Wings-wise, anyway, as the other folks will slowly but surely release the balance of their coverage.
I completely understand and respect the don't-empty-the-notebook-all-at-once approach, but those of you who've afforded me the opportunity to come up here and work have tended to tell me that you want me to leave everything on the table. I did that. The notebook's empty, the sound recorder's been emptied, I've got a 1-minute clip of Alexey Marchenko skating that's being de-shaked on YouTube that you can watch here (it will eventually get less shaky)...
I've got a similarly being-edited and similarly-low-quality clip of a minute's worth of scrimmage action (sorry, learning how to take video with my phone)...
And that's it. That's all I've got. There's nothing more unless you want to read my raw notes.
I need to drop the mic, as it were, and call it a camp. All I hope it was was "good enough" to have reaped your investment in my blog, regardless of whether you were a major supporter of this trip or whether you weren't.
You're all important people to me, you are all the only reason I do this job--because you tell me that what I do matters to you, and that it brings you enjoyment (when the Wings aren't infuriating you and me both)--and this blog is nothing without you. Please know that.
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