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by George Malik on 08/18/11 at 03:27 PM ET
Of very brief Red Wings-related news this afternoon (sorry for the throw-it-at-the-wall tendencies in this post as I’m literally headed out the door):
• In prospect-related news, part 1: RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau has posted the Carolina Hurricanes’ roster for the Red Wings’ 2011 prospect tournament on her Left Wing Lock blog, joining the Rangers, Stars and Wings’ confirmed rosters;
• In prospect news, part 2: NHL.com’s Bill Meltzer penned a profile-and-or-season preview for Brynas IF of the Swedish Eliteserien, and here’s his take on Red Wings prospect Calle Jarnkrok:
Jarnkrok, 19, was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings at No. 51 in the 2010 Entry Draft. The center is coming off an eye-opening season for Brynas this past year. A bit player early in the season, Jankrok’s role grew steadily, along with his confidence and production.
Jarnkrok led all junior-aged players in Elitserien in both points (27) and goals (11) and was a finalist for the Elitserien Rookie of the Year award (won by teammate [Mattias] Ekholm). He posted 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) at the 2011 World Junior Championships. Although he has not yet been signed by the Red Wings, he is said to be very much in Detroit’s plans.
Jarnkrok signed a two-year extension with Brynas but has an NHL out-clause in his contract. There is a possibility that he could come to North America for the 2012-13 season or else sign with Detroit and be loaned back to Brynas in the second year of the deal. If he is not signed to an NHL entry-level contract by June 1, 2012, Detroit will lose Jarnkrok’s rights.
“We are very excited about Calle’s future, but at the same time, we know that he needs more time in Elitserien,” said Red Wings scout Hakan Andersson. “The ice time will be important for him and he still needs to get stronger to compete in the NHL. When he’s ready, he’s got a chance to be a good player in the NHL. Calle has a very high skill level.”
He’ll be signed by the Wings, but they’re very likely to leave Jarnkrok in the Eliteserien for the 2012-2013 season…
• Shifting gears to more dedicated season previews, NHL.com’s John Kreiser finally re-posted his list of players who he believes are “on the hot seat” in terms of facing significant pressure to perform this upcoming season, and his candidate from the Red Wings is none other than one Jimmy Howard:
Jimmy Howard, Detroit—Howard is now the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender in Hockeytown after back-to-back 37-win seasons—Ty Conklin was brought in strictly as a backup. But for the Wings to retain their place among the NHL’s elite, Howard will have to improve after seeing his goals-against average jump to 2.79 from 2.26 and his save percentage fall to .908 from .924. Another season in which he’s in the bottom half of the League in GAA will leave the Wings in serious trouble.
• In charitable news, on a very delayed basis, the Observer and Eccentric’s Keith McCaffery provides a delayed-basis take on Joey Kocur and the Red Wings Alumni Association’s charity softball game in Highland Township, MI, last weekend, with the following as as highlight:
The crowd roared loudest for Darren McCarty during player introductions as event organizer and announcer Chris Baker introduced him as, “the star of fight night at the Joe versus the turtle.”
McCarty shuffled out onto the field wearing a kilt and a grin featuring a few missing teeth.
“Any time I get the opportunity to come out and do something like this, I take it,” said McCarty. “We’re doing this for kids like Dominick Calhoun, and it’s great to see the community come together like this and to see the support. These charities are near and dear to my heart.”
• In more charitable news, the CBC Newfoundland reports the following:
Detroit Red Wings star Daniel Cleary served as a different kind of wingman at a St. John’s charity that specializes in helping low-income families. Cleary, who helped cook meals Wednesday in the Bridges To Hope community kitchen, said he wanted raise awareness about the centre.
“I don’t live here in the off-season,” said Cleary, whose career included a Stanley Cup win in 2008. “So when I do come home, I am going to try to do more things in the community. It’s important to get out and show your support for organizations that want to do well.”
Bridges to Hope helps families learn skills to better care for themselves, and offers instructions on making nutritious, low-cost meals. Cleary also played with children who come to Bridges To Hope during the day.
“I can only imagine what these kids ... You know it’s great. They can come here grab some toys, hang out. Go home,” said Cleary, who asked his fans to support the charity.
Cleary wore a Red Wings jersey during the day, and then donated it to Bridges To Hope. It will be auctioned off on Sept. 23.
• I’m not sure what to do with this other than to report it. The Toledo Examiner’s Angie Marie reports that the Toledo Walleye‘s 2011-2012 season promotions include Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay;
As Walleye hockey returns for a third season, the star-studded promotions are back with a number of fresh and familiar events on tap. Returning events include the post-game party on Friday nights, the post-game skate after Sunday games and the ugly holiday sweater night, among others.
The team will also welcome back Detroit Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay for an appearance on February 4, 2012. Other returning events include Military Appreciation Night, on November 11, the Teddy Bear Toss, on December 2, and Toledo Hockey History Night on January 28.
Speaking of promotions, the Toledo Walleye will be featured at the Saturday, August 20, 2011, Toledo Mud Hens game. Walleye coaches, players and mascots will be on hand as the Hens welcome the Louisville Bats to Fifth Third Field.
• And Paul will post the Wings’ national TV sked as I am headed out the door to pick up patient mom from the hospital.
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