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The Red Wings’ summer development camp involves try-outs galore and a…unique…schedule

I looked at the Red Wings' summer development camp schedule--which involves exactly one hour of on-ice instruction per "team" per day (previous summer development camps have dedicated anywhere from 90 minutes to 2-and-a-half hours of on-ice instruction and drills) and about three total hours of on or off-ice activities--and thought two things:

1. "Well how the hell do you expect to give these kids a leg up in an hour, especially when back-to-back ice times mean that the sixty minutes really is limited to sixty minutes?"

2. "How are two scrimmages--one on Saturday and one on Tuesday-going to make up for that?"

3. "Holy shit that's a lot of unstructured time to give to 17-to-24-year-olds on and around a Fourth of July weekend in Traverse City."

I'm sure I'll find out the answers to these questions soon enough, but I'm going up to Traverse City among a very crowded media field with a profoundly puzzled feeling about this whole thing's dynamic, and for good reason:

I've seen Curt Fraser push kids for nearly three hours and Blashill go for 90, and last year's summer development camp seemed to form the foundation for last year's prospect tournament win, but it appears that the team's decided that two straight "long springs" for the AHL affiliate = exactly one member of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Alexey Marchenko, will take part + a ton of NCAA try-outs will populate a "green" crop of top prospects who will represent less than half of the fall prospect tournament's roster.

If you missed the press release...

… Forty-Four Players Slated to Attend Traverse City Camp from July 4-8, Including Five Selections from 2014 NHL Entry Draft …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced a schedule and preliminary roster for their 2014 Development Camp, which will be held at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from July 4-8. The camp kicks off on Friday, July 4 and features on-ice and off-ice workouts each day, including scrimmages on Saturday, July 5 and Tuesday, July 8. The camp roster currently stands at 44 players: 26 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Headlining this year’s development camp roster are the team’s two most recent first-round picks in Anthony Mantha (20th overall in 2013) and Dylan Larkin (15th overall in 2014). Mantha was the Canadian Hockey League’s top scoring player in 2013-14, notching 81 goals in a combined 81 regular-season and playoff games. He totaled 120 points (57-63-120) in 57 regular-season contests and added 38 points (24-14-38) in 24 playoff games for the QMJHL-champion Val d’Or Foreurs and was honored as CHL Player of the Year, QMJHL Most Valuable Player and QMJHL First All-Star Team for his efforts. Larkin, a native of Waterford, Mich., scored 31 goals for the U.S. National Team Development Program last season and is headed to the University of Michigan in the fall. He has twice represented the United States on the international stage, earning gold at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship and bronze at the 2013 World Under-18 Hockey Challenge.

Other players slated to attend include Alexey Marchenko, a 2014 AHL All-Star defenseman with Grand Rapids; Tyler Bertuzzi, a 2014 OHL Champion with the Guelph Storm and nephew of Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi; Jake Paterson, a member of the 2014 Canadian World Junior team; Andreas Athanasiou, who scored 49 goals and 95 points with the OHL’s Barrie Colts last season; Tomas Nosek, a 21-year-old free agent who the Red Wings signed to an entry-level contract after he led his Czech professional team in scoring; Dominic Turgeon, Detroit’s second choice in last weekend’s draft and son of former NHL great Pierre Turgeon; and fellow 2014 draft picks Christoffer Ehn (fourth round), Julius Vahatalo (sixth round) and Axel Holmstrom (seventh round).

Centre ICE Arena has annually hosted Red Wings events since 1997, including the summer development camp and an NHL prospects tournament that has expanded to eight teams, held in September before Detroit’s main training camp. All practices are open to the public. Tickets are available only at Centre ICE Arena for $5 per day at the door on each day of the event. Centre ICE Arena is located at 1600 Chartwell Drive in Traverse City, Mich.

2014 Detroit Red Wings Development Camp Schedule

Friday, July 4 (Admission: $5)
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – off-ice workout (Lidstrom group)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – on-ice workout (Yzerman group)
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. – on-ice workout (Lidstrom group)
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. – off-ice workout (Yzerman group)

Saturday, July 5 (Admission: $5)
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – on-ice workout (both groups)
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – off-ice workout (both groups)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – scrimmage (both groups)

Sunday, July 6 (Admission: $5)
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. – off-ice workout (Lidstrom group)
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. – on-ice skill development/power skating/practice (Yzerman group)
10:00 – 11:45 a.m. – on-ice skill development/power skating/practice (Lidstrom group)
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – off-ice workout (Yzerman group)

Monday, July 7 (Admission: $5)
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. – off-ice workout (Yzerman group)
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. – on-ice skill development/power skating/practice (Lidstrom group)
10:00 – 11:45 a.m. – on-ice skill development/power skating/practice (Yzerman group)
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – off-ice workout (Lidstrom group)

Tuesday, July 8 (Admission: $5)
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. – scrimmage (both groups)
12:45 – 2:00 p.m. – off-ice workout (both groups)

2014 Detroit Red Wings Development Camp Roster

Player                                     Position                      2013-14 Team                        Acquired
Andreas Athanasiou                LW                               Barrie (OHL)                           2012 4th Rd. (110th overall)
Tyler Bertuzzi                          LW                               Guelph (OHL)                         2013 2nd Rd. (58th overall)
Christoffer Ehn                       C                                 Frolunda (Swe-Jr.)                  2014 4th Rd. (106th overall)
Axel Holmstrom                      C                                 Skelleftea (Swe-Jr.)                2014 7th Rd. (196th overall)
Dylan Larkin                            C                                 USNTDP (USHL)                   2014 1st Rd. (15th overall)
Anthony Mantha                     RW                              Val d’Or (QMJHL)                  2013 1st Rd. (20th overall)
Zach Nastasiuk                       RW                              Owen Sound (OHL)                2013 2nd Rd. (48th overall)
Tomas Nosek                         LW                               Pardubice (Czech)                  Signed as a free agent
David Pope                             LW                               West Kelowna (BCHL)           2013 4th Rd. (109th overall)
Dominic Turgeon                    C                                 Portland (WHL)                       2014 3rd Rd. (63rd overall)
Julius Vahatalo                        LW                               TPS (SM-Liiga)                       2014 6th Rd. (166th overall)
Michael Babcock                    LW                               Fargo (USHL)                         Camp Invite
Cole Bardreau                         RW                              Cornell (ECAC)                       Camp Invite
Kyle Baun                               RW                              Colgate (ECAC)                      Camp Invite
Dean Chelios                          LW                               Michigan State (B10)              Camp Invite
Blake Clarke                           LW                               Saginaw (OHL)                       Camp Invite
Mark Cooper                           RW                              Bowling Green (WCHA)         Camp Invite
Alex Globke                            C                                 Lake Superior State (WCHA) Camp Invite
Hampus Gustafsson               C                                 Merrimack (HE)                      Camp Invite
Hayden Hodgson                    RW                              Sarnia (OHL)                          Camp Invite
David Johnstone                     RW                              Michigan Tech (WCHA)         Camp Invite
Darby Llewellyn                      RW                              Kitchener (OHL)                     Camp Invite
Brandon Robinson                  LW                               Kitchener (OHL)                     Camp Invite
Luke Sandler                           LW                               Nanaimo (BCHL)                    Camp Invite
Tylor Spink                              C                                 Colgate (ECAC)                      Camp Invite
Tyson Spink                            RW                              Colgate (ECAC)                      Camp Invite

James de Haas                       D                                 Clarkson (ECAC)                    2012 6th Rd. (170th overall)
Alexey Marchenko                 D                                 Grand Rapids (AHL)               2011 7th Rd. (205th overall)
Ben Marshall                           D                                 Minnesota (B10)                     2010 7th Rd. (201st overall)
Mike McKee                           D                                 Western Michigan (NCHC)    2012 5th Rd. (140th overall)
Marc McNulty                         D                                 Prince George (WHL)             2013 6th Rd. (169th overall)
Richard Nedomlel                   D                                 Toledo (ECHL)                        2011 6th Rd. (175th overall)
Kevin Clare                             D                                 Michigan (B10)                       Camp Invite
Scott Czarnowczan                D                                 Ferris State (WCHA)              Camp Invite
Trevor Hamilton                      D                                 Miami (NCHC)                                    Camp Invite
Joe Hicketts                            D                                 Victoria (WHL)                                    Camp Invite
Ryan Obuchowski                  D                                 Yale (ECAC)                           Camp Invite
River Rymsha                         D                                 Wenatchee (NAHL)                Camp Invite
Logan Schmidt                        D                                 Kitchener (OHL)                     Camp Invite
Nick Zottl                                 D                                 Mississauga (OHL)                 Camp Invite

Jared Coreau                          G                                 Toledo (ECHL)                        Signed as a free agent
Jake Paterson                         G                                 Saginaw (OHL)                       2012 3rd Rd. (80th overall)
Andrew D’Agostini                  G                                 Peterborough (OHL)               Camp Invite
Edwin Minney                         G                                 USNTDP (USHL)                   Camp Invite

I have absolutely no clue who the vast majority of these try-outs are, and as so many of them are college prospects, they're going to be paying their own way--and their NCAA teams will expect them to be in school during the fall--so the mix is most certainly a little...Different.

The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau broke the rosters down by number and position...

The Detroit Red Wings have announced their 2014 development camp roster to be held at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, MI beginning on July 4th. A full schedule will be released shortly. This years camp features five of the seven selections from the 2014 NHL entry draft including top pick Dylan Larkin. 2014 selections, Chase Perry and Alexander Kadeykin, will not be participating. Top prospects Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Alexei Marchenko  are also slated to participate. Tomas Nosek will make his Red Wings debut after signing an entry level contract in the off season. Detroit has also invited 25 free agents to round out the camp roster.


72  Andreas Athanasiou  C/LW  6.02  200  DET-12 (4-110)  Barrie (OHL)
81  Michael Babcock, Jr. *  F  5.09  157  —  Fargo (USHL)
85  Cole Bardreau *  F  5.10  184  —  Cornell (NCAA)
84  Kyle Baun *  F  6.02  204  —  Colgate (NCAA)
59  Tyler Bertuzzi  LW  6.01  178  DET-13 (2-58)  Guelph (OHL)
24  Dean Chelios *  F  6.02  185  —  Michigan State (NCAA)
86  Blake Clarke *  LW  6.01  190  —  Saginaw (OHL)
37  Mark Cooper *  F  6.02  185  —  Bowling Green (NCAA)
92  Christoffer Ehn  C  6.03  181  DET-14 (4-106)  Frolunda (SWE-J20)
45  Alex Globke *  C  6.02  194  —  Lake Superior State (NCAA)
70  Hampus Gustafsson *  F  6.04  205  —  Merrimack (NCAA)
17  Hayden Hodgson *  RW  6.02  204  —  Sarnia (OHL)
96  Axel Holmstrom  C  6.00  198  DET-14 (7-196)  Skelleftea (SWE-J20)
80  David Johnstone *  F  5.11  175  —  Michigan Tech (NCAA)
25  Dylan Larkin  C  6.01  190  DET-14 (1-15)  U.S. Nat U18 (USDP)
76  Darby Llewellyn *  RW  6.01  175  —  Kitchener (OHL)
39  Anthony Mantha  LW  6.05  204  DET-13 (1-20)  Val-d’Or (QMJHL)
62  Zach Nastasiuk  RW  6.02  196  DET-13 (2-48)  Owen Sound (OHL)
82  Tomas Nosek  C  6.02  201  —  Pardubice (Czech)
63  David Pope  LW  6.02  187  DET-13 (4-109)  West Kelowna (BCHL)
83  Luke Sandler *  F  6.01  202  —  Nanaimo (BCHL)
67  Tylor Spink *  C  5.10  185  —  Colgate (NCAA)
73  Tyson Spink *  F  5.10  185  —  Colgate (NCAA)
78  Dominic Turgeon  C  6.01  196  DET-14 (3-63)  Portland (WHL)
94  Julius Vahatalo  C  6.05  191  DET-14 (6-166)  TPS (FIN)

97  Kevin Clare *  D  6.01  210  —  Michigan (NCAA)
95  Scott Czarnowczan *  D  5.10  176  —  Ferris State (NCAA)
75  James De Haas  D  6.03  205  DET-12 (6-170)  Clarkson (NCAA)
46  Trevor Hamilton *  D  6.00  186  —  Miami of Ohio (NCAA)
Joe Hicketts *  D  5.08  186  —  Victoria (WHL)
47  Alexei Marchenko  D  6.02  212  DET-11 (7-205)  Grand Rapids (AHL)
51  Ben Marshall  D  5.09  175  DET-10 (7-201)  Minnesota (NCAA)
58  Mike McKee  F/D  6.05  250  DET-12 (5-140)  Western Michigan (NCAA)
74  Marc McNulty  D  6.06  193  DET-13 (6-169)  Prince George (WHL)
77  Richard Nedomlel  D  6.05  228  DET-11 (7-175)  Toledo (ECHL)
64  Ryan Obuchowski *  D  6.01  185  —  Yale (NCAA)
71  River Rymsha *  D  6.02  194  —  Wenatchee (NAHL)
Logan Schmidt *  D  5.11  169  —  Kitchener (OHL)
Nick Zottl *  D  6.04  215  —  Mississauga (OHL)

31  Jared Coreau  G  6.05  235  —  Toledo (ECHL)
68  Andrew D’Agostini *  G  5.11  180  —  Peterborough (OHL)
Edwin Minney *  G  6.04  201  —  U.S. National U18 (USDP)
36  Jake Paterson  G  6.01  183  DET-12 (3-80)  Saginaw (OHL)

* denotes free agent tryout

And she also profiled all of the free agent try-outs. Here's a selection of a much longer article:

Michael Babcock, Jr. - The 5-foot-9, 157 pound forward is the son of the Red Wings head coach. The speedy forward was the 68th overall pick of the Cedar Rapid Rough Riders of the USHL but spent last season with Fargo also of the USHL where he notched 7 goals and 16 points in 57 games. The 19 year-old forward has committed to Merrimack University.

Dean Chelios - The 6-foot-2, 185 pound played his final season with Michigan State University last year after coming off a shoulder injury. Chelios is a physical forward who hasn’t been able to crack the 20 point mark at the college level. He’s participated in the Wings development camp the past few years and signed a contract with Toledo of the ECHL last year appearing in 8 games for the Walleye.

Kevin Clare – The 6-foot-1, 210 pound defenseman wrapped up is senior season with the University of Michigan. The defensive defenseman was called the “steadiest defenseman all year” by head coach Red Berenson. Clare blocked a team high 72 shots for the Wolverines and played key minutes on the penalty kill.

This might be their "biggest" invite:

Blake Clarke – The 6-foot-1, 190 winger saw his 2014 draft stock plummet from 93 at the midterm report to 134 in the final report by the Central Scouting Bureau and eventually pass through the 2014 draft all together. After scoring 19 goals and 52 points in 2013, Clarke saw his production dip to 2 goals and 12 points in 2014. The Chesterfield, MO native is a fluid skater but hasn’t shown offensive consistency and needs to improve his on-ice decision making.

And this is intriguing:

Kyle Baun – The 6-foot-2, 204 pound forward is the grandson of 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup hero, Bobby Baun. The 22 year-old spent the last two seasons at Colgate University playing on the trriplet line with fellow tryouts and identical twins Tyson and Tylor Spink. Baun, who attended the Washington Capitals Development camp last season, is a good skater with some grit to his game.

Tylor Spink – The 5-foot-10, 185 pound center plays an offensive game and has a natural chemistry playing along side twin brother Tyson throughout their careers. The duo, along with Kyle Baun, have formed the potent triplet line which led Colgate’s offensive attack.

Tyson Spink – The 5-foot-10, 185 winger plays a similarly offensive minded game to his brother. The dynamic duo have played alongside each other since they were two years old except for half a season at Cornwall of the CCHL when Tylor missed 22 games due to a shoulder injury.

Read up, Sarah's got fantastic breakdowns, and I need to print this out and study it...

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SnarkinLarkin's avatar

Aside from Mantha and Larkin and this year’s draftees, I’m anxious to hear how McKee and McNulty look.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 07/01/14 at 01:20 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Have the three-tostada deal at the Taco House on Garfield while you’re up there, George!  TACO SALE!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 07/01/14 at 01:34 AM ET

BenjaminKGT500's avatar

No Mitchell Wheaton or Colin Campbell? What up with that?

Posted by BenjaminKGT500 on 07/01/14 at 08:11 AM ET


I would suggest that the burnout factor you’ve talked about ad nauseum for the last eight years is the primary factor for the reduced scheduled.  Less is more.  And you don’t have to give them unscheduled days off or risk so many injuries.  The schedule makes complete sense to me.

Posted by jkm2011 on 07/01/14 at 09:01 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Everyone is anticipating Sproul, Ouellet, and Marchenko, but I would like to hear more about Jensen, McKee, and Marshall.

Have a great time, George.  Looking forward to more of your excellent posts from TC.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 07/01/14 at 12:06 PM ET

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