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by George Malik on 05/31/14 at 08:39 PM ET
This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news is...ecclectic. We start with a PSA of sorts...
As well as a pleasant set of Tweets from Warrior Sports, which is attending Warrior endorsee Adam Henrique's ball hockey tournament in Tecumseh, ON (who knew that the left-handed Jimmy Howard played goalie "regularly" but shot right-handed as a "skater?")...
Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk won 5 awards as the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League staged their year end barbeque celebration at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.
Most significantly, Nastasiuk was selected as both the Jerry Reid Memorial Trophy & the Butch Keeling Memorial Trophy which are awarded to the Attack's Most Valuable Player in the regular season and the playoffs respectively.
Nastasiuk who scored 23 goals for the Attack this season also won the Attack Pak Award, the Dave McComb Memorial Award for leadership & perseverance plus the Society of Energy Professionals Trophy as the Players Choice as top player.
The Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation's Fred Wallace conducted an interview with Nastasiuk...
Who weighed in on the day's events himself...
By the way: June 1st = deadline for signing 2012 draft picks. Rasmus Bodin will not be signed, nor should he be signed. He may be 6'6" and over 200 pounds, but RedWingsCentral summarizes his situation succinctly:
PROJECTION: Bodin’s hockey talent doesn’t match his size and his chronic injuries have limited him to just 38 games since the Red Wings drafted him in 2012. Although the Red Wings hoped he’d develop into a Justin Abdelkader type, he hasn’t panned out and will likely finish his career overseas.
Bodin's never come in from the wilderness. He's 6'6" but he's not physical at all. He's just a very large Swedish minor-leaguer.
Looking forward, I tried to avoid the "barf day" stories from the NHL's Scouting Combine, because the prospects the media follows around aren't going to drop down to the 15th overall spot, but another story from NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale raised an eyebrow.
Just as former Wings director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell told Morreale that this year's draft (as noted in the mid-day report) is absolutely baffling in terms of attempting to rank players outside of the top prospects, New Jersey Devils scouting and drafting guru David Conte told Morreale a similar story:
"I think there are some very unique and special players who will have long successful careers coming out of this draft class," Conte said. "I'm excited. Because there's not a consensus pick, there is a chance of getting players that you greatly value at a reduced price compared to years where there is a consensus."
The Devils own the No. 30 pick in the draft. The organization was originally told it would have to forfeit first-round picks in 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 for attempting to circumvent the salary cap when it signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a 17-year deal in 2010. The NHL rescinded its decision in March, thus allowing New Jersey to keep a first-round pick this year. The team was given the last choice in the first round and was told it cannot trade that pick.
"My job is to pick the best player I can pick in the slot we have," Conte said.
Conte acknowledged that choosing the best player available in the draft, even in the early rounds, might be more challenging than in previous years.
"Who someone thinks is No. 1 might be No. 10 on the appraisal of what those attributes are going to be and what those needs would be for that team," Conte said. "Normally, it's always the best player but I think it's a little more complex this year than others."
In the, "Redundant News" category, do I need to tell you that the Hockey News's Adam Proteau has a point when he ranks Stephen Weiss as the 2nd-worst UFA signing of the 2013 free agent class? Nope....
And now, dear readers, I'm about to take you into the realm of the weird, the wacky, and the horrible. I was wandering around on Clarktoys.com as they sell lots of NHL-related stuff (McFarlane figures, etc.), and I came across this lovely little pre-order-able item that will set you back $59.95, and will arrive in September...
And I can only say, "You can't make this shit up" regarding our final news item.
I do not know who "Terez Owens" is, but his website posted something of a press release revealing that CSKA Moscow GM and former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov and long-time agent Pat Brisson (who you may know from such episodes as, Sidney Crosby's advisor, and Sergei Fedorov leaving Detroit for Anaheim in 2003) have teamed up to produce...A horror movie.
Brisson and J.P. Barry joined the Creative Artists' Agency to bring their sports clients into a realm in which they can more broadly reinvest their wages in entertainment properties. CAA is a BIG DEAL in Hollywood, and the whole concept of crossing over between sports and entertainment properties is less than new these days...
But I'm cringing as I point you toward Mr. Owens' release, because the movie that Fedorov and Brisson are listed as producers upon...
It kind of sucks.
If sports experts were to choose the best hockey players in the world for a specific decade, Sergei Fedorov would have a claim on the title of most versatile player of the 1990s. Now fast forward to 2014 and Sergei is taking that versatility off the ice to movie making.
The legendary Red Wings hockey superstar is an executive producer on a film called ‘The Gracefield Incident’. Written, directed, produced, edited & starring MATHIEU RATTHE, the film is also being produced by BRYAN TURNER “Priority Records Founder” and PAT BRISSON “Head of Hockey at CAA” Here’s a brief synopsis: “The Supreme Court mandated the CIA to declassify files that had been kept secret for the past 75 years. Visual records of documented paranormal events were released to the public. The following incident took place in Gracefield, Quebec” To CHECK OUT THE TRAILER continue reading.-TO
Cue UFO's in the woods of Quebec! And spooky unseen aliens offscreen pulling people into the woods! At night! In the dark!
Oh...Oh boy. I hope they don't lose too much money.
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