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by George Malik on 07/07/14 at 11:44 AM ET
The Red Wings' summer development camp included a now-familiar sight in Alexey Marchenko skating prior to today's practices and on-ice activities. Marchenko skated very hard and very well, occasionally checking in with a member of the Red Wings' medical staff, and he spent a good chunk of time taking wide clockwise and counterclockwise turns to test out his left ankle.
The Wings made something of a yesterday-afternoon change to their schedule, so Teams Yzerman and Lidstrom practiced at the same time on David's and Huntington rinks, and instead of holding another day's worth of skill development drills, the teams engaged in an "informal" scrimmage. Three 12-minute periods marked sets of 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 action (no Tyler Bertuzzi, per Octopus Thower's Peter Fish, nor Richard Nedomlel for Team Lidstrom), and Team Yzerman beat Team Lidstrom 4-3--thanks to a short penalty shootout in which try-outs Hampus Gustafsson and Mark Cooper scored for Yzerman and Tomas Nosek's gorgeous backhand deke goal was the only one Team Lidstrom managed to get past Matt D'Agostini.
Tomorrow, an 11 AM-scheduled scrimmage will mark the end of the on-ice activities taking place at the development camp, though I've been told that some players may or may not have a post-game paintball adventure.
In terms of interviews, the players from BOTH teams had to work out after the game, so I wasn't able to get many people, and I kind of went down my list as opposed to interesting soundbyes.
I wanted to speak with Dylan Larkin to check in on his thoughts regarding the camp as a whole, and WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski, someone from Traverse City, the Hockey Writers' Zachary Landers, Octopus Thrower's Peter Fish joined in, and we had about a three-and-a-half minute chat. He seems to be taking the spotlight, the notoriety and the fact that he's being asked about joining the Red Wings already in stride, but sometimes he sounds like a 17-year-old who's still trying to figure out a way around the sports cliches when asked the same questions over and over again:
I hadn't spoken to James De Haas, so I wanted to check in with the hulking Clarkson defenseman regarding his impressions of the camp, his take on the pace thereof and whether working with a nutritionist helps a college kid:
I've also watched goaltender Andrew D'Agostini for the past two years, so I figured it was time to speak to him about his attempts to "get his foot in the door," working with Jim Bedard and the Wings, his areas for improvement and his long-term goals, which involve continuing to chase the dream and possibly play for the University of Guelph to continue doing so:
Anthony Mantha was almost late for the workout, so I had a short interview with him. We talked about second impressions camp-wise, the off-ice portions (he's apparently already working with a nutritionist at home in Quebec), his thoughts about going into training camp and what he's anticipating about relocating from Val-d'Or to--he didn't want to say it, but I will--Grand Rapids, most likely:
We've been promised an interview with Ken Holland tomorrow, so that should be interesting.
Regarding media stuff published while I was attending today's events, MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Marchenko's presence...
Marchenko reported to Centre ICE Arena – voluntarily, no less – along with many of the other youngsters in the Red Wings' future plans in order to test out his ankle for the first time since the surgery.
Things have went well so far and seeing Marchenko – one of the few pros at camp – take the initiative to report to Traverse City on his own impressed the Red Wings' brass.
"Just the fact that Alexey is here," said Jiri Fischer, the club's director of player development. "He wanted to be here. We didn't ask him to come to the development camp. He asked us. He wanted to be on top of his injury. Every day he's on the bike, he's training, he's lifting weights, he wants to skate. It's probably a little bit early so we keep him off the ice. But he's working. He's committed. He's got a big chance."
Savage continues with extensive quotes from Marchenko's Sunday interview...
He stuck around on the ice long enough Sunday to help warm up the goaltenders prior to the start of practice before calling it a day – on the ice, at least – and then repeated the same drills Monday morning. He hasn't taken part in a full practice or scrimmage.
"Ankle is good," said Marchenko, 22. "The idea was to be here with the trainers, do some workouts and see how they feel about it. The idea was after the surgery to be with the team and recover well and go home and get ready."
Which you can listen to here:
WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski will be posting an interview with Larkin later today...
We're getting a preview of Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski's interviews (we all went our separate ways, picking and choosing as we were able over a very short period of time)...
WXYZ (via RedWingsFeed) posted a quick Mantha interview...
With an accompanying report...
Even if he doesn't make the immediate jump to the Red Wings roster this season, the 19-year old is aware of the pressure big-time players in Detroit's system face.
He's taking part in the Red Wings developmental camp in Traverse City this week.
"If I'm doing the right thing, I'll get my chance," Mantha said.
The young forward has a key to not letting the Datsyuk's or Zetterberg's intimidate him when training camp starts later this summer: be himself.
"I think it's just being calm, getting out here and doing what I should be doing. Not too much pressure."
Octopus Thrower's Fish posted his Jared Coreau interview...
When asked what he has worked on to improve and have a stronger season next year Jared Coreau said, “Biggest thing is just those fine little things in my game, so managing my depth, more glove saves, more under control with my blocker. You know that is just in term of playing, but mentally you know you are going to get scored on, Jimmy Howard get scored on, Henrik Lundqvist gets scored on,and I think for me I’d get scored on this [past] year and if it was early I would think about it too much. So the biggest thing is just moving on, moving forward, that is what pro hockey is. So what you had a bad year, good year, now it is a new year.”
You can tell that Jared Coreau has been working on his positioning and movement on the ice because of how smooth he can be when getting down into the butterfly and moving from post to post. Out of the four goaltenders at development camp, Coreau is by far the smoothest on the ice.
And he continues...
The Red Wings posted a video about the players' curling adventure...
And their "Czech Connection"...
The Hockey News's Matt Larkin believes that the Wings have two of the ten best free agent summer campers in attendance...
Joe Hicketts, D – Victoria Royals (Detroit)
One look at Hicketts’ measurements – he’s 5-foot-8 and 186 pounds – and you can see why NHL teams may have been scared off at the draft. There was also a shoulder injury that truncated his season, but the blueliner can put up offense and he’s feisty out there; physical play is no issue. The Red Wings were intrigued enough to bring him along to their camp.
Blake Clarke, LW – Saginaw Spirit (Detroit)
Clarke went through a dreadful scoring drought this season and was traded from North Bay to Saginaw in between. The big winger also dealt with a shoulder injury that messed with the mental side of his game, but he’s been a scorer in the past and clearly the Red Wings want to see if he can rediscover that touch.
Do I have to tell you that Pro Hockey Talk thinks that the Wings' signing of Kyle Quincey was among the summer's worst? Not really...
And this is what's taking place presently at Centre Ice Arena:
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