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Sipple: the Red Wings are slowly breaking in Ryan Martin

The Red Wings' front office is still most likely rebounding from the mostly expected loss of long-time assistant GM Jim Nill and the surprising losses of director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell and eastern Canada scout Mark Leach to Dallas.

The team knew that Nill would eventually leave, and they promoted McDonnell to essentially the director of their draft operations and co-assistant GM, along with capologist Ryan Martin, but the day that McDonnell jumped ship to join the man he'd been reporting to for all those years with Detroit seemed to stun and ultimately annoy Ken Holland, who ended up hiring Tyler Wright to helm the amateur scouting department, and McDonnell's defection at least temporarily forced the Wings' GM to take on some of Nill's roles during the development camp.

Now that the summer's winding down and the prospect tournament and training camp are a little under and about a month away, respectively, some of the Wings' scouts are taking in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic, others are in Lake Placid, NY, to watch the U.S., Canadian, Swedish and Finnish World Junior selection teams battle it out, and after Ken Holland's epic golf outing, the rest of the front office (pro and amateur scouts alike) will slowly but surely head back to Detroit and prepare for the upcoming NHL season.

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Holland about Martin's (a.k.a. the "assistant general manager of hockey administration's") increased role as part of the scouting staff as well as the general manager of the Grand Rapids Griffins. Martin's apparently in Lake Placid today:

Martin’s primary responsibility had been salary cap management. He’ll also now oversee the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate. Martin will manage the Griffins and the development of the organization’s top prospects.

Martin has been with the Red Wings for eight seasons. While his area of expertise has been the collective bargaining agreement and salary cap, he has spent many hours at area rinks scouting all levels of hockey, giving the Wings’ another set of eyes when it comes to player evaluations.

And he’s no stranger to the USA junior evaluation camp.

“He’s been giving them some evaluations on the fringes,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “He’s not part of any committee or something. They’ve asked him for player assessments around our area. He went to Lake Placid last year and this year it happens that Canada is there with the U.S., Sweden and Finland. These are things that Ryan was doing in the past. It’s an opportunity for him to watch four countries. Most of those players are drafted. It’s an opportunity for him to build relationships and gather information.”

That's the best way to allow someone who's unfamiliar with being in charge into a new role--"break him in," if you will.

As I'm writing this, Team Canada's final game of the camp is about to begin, and Jake Paterson's starting as Canada faces the Finns at 4:15, with Anthony Mantha having registered 3 assists over the course of 2 games thus far.

Scratch that. Jake Paterson and Team Canada got shelled 5-1 by the U.S. Paterson stopped 20 of 25.

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