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by George Malik on 07/15/13 at 06:27 AM ET
Today marks the last day of the Red Wings' summer development camp (yesterday's session yielded an uber-long entry), and to change things up a bit, I'm going to start this morning's entry by posting SEVEN videos from the Red Wings' website.
Red Wings TV profiled Zach Nastasiuk...
And Anthony Mantha:
The 9&10 News posted a profile of the pair of defensemen who took part in Friday's scrimmage in Jason Binkley and Simon Denis:
The Free Press's George Sipple also penned a profile of Mattias Janmark-Nylen...
Janmark-Nylen, 20, said he hasn’t spoken to the Wings yet about where he might play next season. He scored 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 55 games last season for AIK in the Swedish Elite League.
Former Red Wings prospect Daniel Larsson was AIK’s goaltender.
“In the beginning, I started on the fourth line,” Janmark-Nylen said of his time with AIK. “In the end, I was mostly a first-liner. I hope to be a top-six forward this year, if I’m going back.”
Asked about playing on the smaller ice at Centre Ice Arena in the Wings’ development camp last week, Janmark-Nylen said: “You feel it’s tighter. When you play 5-on-5, it’s going to be more difficult to see where you are. I consider myself a smart player. I think it will be a good transition to small ice.”
Slapshotg0al from Winging it in Motown penned a set of observations from Sunday's sessions...
- After barely noticing him the first day of camp, Anthony Mantha has gotten progressively better. I was initially underwhelmed from what I saw, but the last two days I've begun to understand why the Wings took him in the first round. Apparently not every player can be like Pavel Datsyuk and excel at pretty much everything, so putting the players through a such a wide range of drills and exercises helps to reveal both their strong and weak areas. While some of the drills and exercises up until this point may not have been Mantha's area of expertise, the puck possession exercises were definitely his strong suit. He's not a grinder, he's not the type of player who's going to be overly physical, he wants the puck and he knows what to do with it. The puck possession drills also gave him the opportunity to display more of his hockey smarts and creativity. I liked what I saw.
- Marek Tvrdon had looked slow, rusty, and hesitant in the first 3 days of camp. Yesterday he looked like he's starting to shake off the rust from missing most of last season after having emergency surgery to dissolve a blood clot in his vein that required the remove one of his first rib. This is the first time Tvrdon has played any substantial hockey since his surgery on November 12, 2012. His underwhelming performance and tentativeness were understandable given how much time he missed and the mental and emotional affect such a serious injury can have on a player. Yesterday he looked much sharper, faster, and more mentally engaged. His skating was much faster and sharper, and he showed off his shooting and scoring ability (what a shot he has!) that's garnered him comparisons to Tomas Jurco. I'm sure it will still take time for him to completely shake off the rust and get back to 100%, both physically and mentally, but the difference between day 1 and day 4 are very encouraging.
And the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindneau added some odds and ends to the mix (these refer to the players' activities on Saturday, when they played paintball):
"I was on my guard before practice because I knew a few people knew about" the birthday, Dean Chelios said. "Afterwards my dad said something about my helmet and kind of distracted me and they got me."
With a pie to the face, courtesy of fellow camper Ryan Sproul.
"It was right after the first skate," Chelios said. "I was all tired and wasn't expecting anything and my dad distracted me and Sproul got me."
Like a good sport, Dean Chelios posed for a picture with his face covered in cream. Standing next to Chelios with a big grin on his face, of course, was his proud papa.
You may take this for what you will...
Nobody at the Development Camp stands out more than defenseman Ildar Telyakov. The camp invite from Russia is the tallewst player on hand at 6-foot-8. He's one of eight players who stand at least 6-4.
Defenseman Marc McNulty, one of this year's draft picks, and forward Rasmus Bodin, a 2012 draft pick, both stand 6-6.
Anthony Mantha, Mitchell Wheaton, James De Haas, Richard Nedomlel, Sproul and goaltender Jared Coreau all check in at 6-4.
Mantha and Wheaton were selected in this year's draft, DeHaas was a 2012 draft pick, Sproul and Nedomlel were acquired in the 2011 draft and Coreau signed as a free agent. Mantha is a forward, Coreau is a goaltender and the others are defensemen.
And the Traverse City Record-Eagle's James Cook wraps things up with a "Paterson vs. Patterson" article:
Trainers started calling Paterson "One T" and Patterson "Two T." Development camp officials wisely put the two on opposite teams so they wouldn't be in the work-outs or practices at the same time.
"What are the odds there are two Jake Pattersons — both goalies, both at the same development camp?" Paterson said. "It's pretty ironic and kind of funny, too. We're both here to prove that we belong on the team. I'm not too concerned about the names."
Both goaltenders play in the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League — and their teams met up in the first round last year's playoffs.
"It's two different styles of goalie," Patterson said.
Patterson is more stand-up goalie, whereas Paterson plays a little lower and puts pressure on the shooter to make the first move. Paterson was stellar in the camp's scrimmage game Friday. His Team Lidstrom was outshot 12-9 in the first 30-minute period, but held a 4-0 lead.
"I thought Paterson made some good saves early for the Lidstrom team," Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill said, "and that kind of allowed the game to get lop-sided, because he did make a couple big saves."
Patterson gave up three goals for Team Yzerman in the second 30-minute period, as each of them saw action in half the game. In the shootout, Patterson stopped 10 of 14 opportunities, while Paterson stymied three of four.
"About a week or so ago, I saw the full roster for camp," Paterson said. "I had to double check to see that we were invited to the same thing. But what can you do?"
And finally, at the other end of the developmental curve, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a "by the numbers" look back at Jimmy Howard's 2013 season:
45:Saves he made in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 10. It was the third-most saves that he made, in the regular season or playoffs, in his NHL career.
15: Consecutive games started at the end of the regular season, leading the Red Wings to a 7-5-3 finish. In all, he started 42 games.
1.44: His combined goal-against average in 13 starts in April, making it the single-best GAA month of his NHL career.
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