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by George Malik on 07/08/12 at 05:42 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, I was wondering why MLive’s Brendan Savage was furiously writing away on his laptop, and here’s the reason: Savage has the scoop as to why free agent defenseman and Western Univeristy of Michigan junior Danny DeKeyser isn’t at the Red Wings’ summer development camp, and he clarifies why Calle Jarnkrok (took part in the World Championships) and Gustav Nyquist aren’t here as well:
He wasn’t going to go to any camps this year,” assistant general manager Jim Nill said this morning. “Every team is after him. He decided not to go into any camps. He wanted to focus on training. He was here last year.”
DeKeyser decided to remain at WMU, where he’s played the last two years, and hone his skills for at least one more season rather than giving the NHL a shot.
The Red Wings also invited Swedish center Calle Jarnkrok, their second-round draft pick (51st overall) from 2010 but understood when he also declined to attend.
“He played in the World Championships” that ended in late May, Nill said. “What happens is the European teams start their training camps in the next week or two. So to have him fly over here ... he needs a break, too.”
Jarnkrok will return to Europe for at least one more season since he’s not eligible to join the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s top farm club, until 2013-14.
Gustav Nyquist was in a similar situation to Jarnkrok.
“His season just ended, too,” Nill said. “Same thing. It’s a lot of hockey and flying back and forth.”
If I recall correctly, Jarnkrok has been released by Brynas IF to take part in the prospect tournament and main camp.
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