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Some Axel Holmstrom And Dylan Larkin Talk

via Corey Pronman of ESPN (Insider subscription),

In preparation for the 2015 World Junior Championships, Team USA holds an evaluation camp for top eligible players in Lake Placid, and two other countries take part in practices and games as well.

Axel Holmstrom | C | Sweden | D​etroit Red Wings- Holmstrom was a seventh-round pick (No. 196 overall) by the Red Wings this year, and at the time of the draft there were some scouts in Sweden who thought he should have gone higher. He was quite impressive at this camp, playing in Sweden's top six and being quite effective offensively.

Holmstrom has a pretty high skill level, and he looks like he's bulked up over the past few months as well. It's not crazy to think he'll be a top 10 prospect for Detroit by next summer.

Dylan Larkin | C/LW | USA | Detroit Red Wings- The No. 15 overall pick this June, Larkin really stood out with his skating ability. He was one of the bigger forwards at the camp in terms of frame development, but was arguably the fastest player as well, which helped him keep consistent offensive zone pressure even without plus hands.

In case you missed a tweet from George last night regarding a Holmstrom goal...

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Primis's avatar

Holmstrom could finally be that elusive late-round gem DET has lacked in recent drafts?...

Posted by Primis on 08/05/14 at 12:47 PM ET

voline's avatar

helped him keep consistent offensive zone pressure even without plus hands.

What are “plus hands”?

Posted by voline on 08/05/14 at 06:07 PM ET

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