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‘Three Things’: On World Junior Selection Camp rosters, Filip Larsson and a Tavares ‘fit’

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Sweden released its World Junior Championship Selection Camp roster, and both goaltender Filip Larsson and defenseman Gustav Lindstrom made the initial cut.

Kasper Kotkansalo has been named to Finland's World Junior Selection Camp roster as well, and Malte Setkov was named to the Danish World Junior Selection Camp roster, but Keith Petruzzelli has had ups and downs as a freshman at Quinnipac, so he wasn't named to Team USA's World Junior Selection Camp roster. We'll find out today whether Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith or Dennis Cholowski are named to Team Canada's roster.

2. Also in the prospect news vein, The Athletic's Julie Robenhymer penned an article discussing Filip Larsson's excellent start with the USHL's Tr-City Storm:

It's been a nice week for Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect Filip Larsson. On Wednesday, he was named as one of Sweden's goalies on World Junior Championship training camp roster. Earlier this week, he was named one of the USHL players of the week this week after registering his first shutout helping his Tri City Storm go 14-4-0-0 to start the season. In his 16 starts between the pipes, he's only allowed more than two goals twice for a 1.50 GAA and .942 save percentage with four shutouts including a 191:28 shutout streak over parts of four games.

The 19-year-old Swede, who was selected in the 6th round (167th overall) in 2016, is currently putting up the best numbers of his career.

“When I came here, my only goal was to play as many games as possible and just have fun and try to win every game for the team. It's been nice to see that my stats are looking good,” he said. “That's obviously a bonus, but it's the wins that have been huge for me. I love helping the team win. That's all that matters."

According to Anthony Noreen, head coach of Tri City, Larsson's calm demeanor, both on and off the ice, and his strong positional play are his best attributes.

“He's one of those guys who kinda makes it look easy. He's always square to the puck. He doesn't overplay it or is over aggressive in any way. He's just in the right spot and pucks seem to find him and they stay there because he doesn't give up a lot of rebounds,” Noreen explained. “He is so technically sound, he makes the difficult look routine.”

Robenhymer continues at extended length, also discussing Kotkansalo, David Pope and Malte Setkov;

3. And ESPN's Greg Wyshynski examined the "fit" for John Tavares on several prospective free agent employers, including the Red Wings:

Detroit Red Wings

Why it could work The Wings haven't had a Steve Yzerman-like player since, well, Yzerman retired. Tavares would instantly become the face of the Winged Wheel. Despite some recent managerial missteps, Detroit remains a gold-standard organization from ownership down. Tavares would have a friend and former linemate in Frans Nielsen. If uncertainty about an arena deal forces Tavares out of New York ... well, there's no such concern in Detroit, where shiny, new Little Caesars Arena just opened.

Why it could not work It would be a downgrade for Tavares, as far as Stanley Cup potential. Yes, the Red Wings have some significant young pieces -- Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha -- in place, but they have a ways to go before they reach contender status, if they ever do. Plus, the Wings are in GM Ken Holland's personal salary-cap hell, with just under $13 million available and those aforementioned young pieces due new contracts next summer.

Wyshynski continues...

Quick update: On Twitter...

Update #2: Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a "realistic trade bait edition" of power rankings:

27. Detroit Red Wings: When the Canadiens hang 10 on you, the reality of the rebuild sinks in. A veteran defenceman like Mike Green, whose chances of re-signing in Detroit rest somewhere between slim and none, is producing the kind of numbers (18 points) and can log the kind of minutes that should make him an attractive rental in two months’ time. A more meaningful acquisition long term for teams looking to pick from the Red Wings is Andreas Athanasiou, whose relationship with the front office got frosty this fall. He could be due for a round of arbitration this summer.

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a Tavares ‘fit’

Can anyone really make a case for Tavares coming to Detroit? I’m stumped beyond Franz being there. there are lots of decent stadiums around the league….if that’s a concern for him?

As far as comparing him to Yzerman…...ahhhh….no thanks…..He’s a good player, but I’ll wait to make that comparison when he carries a team on his back through the playoffs on one knee.

Sweden released its World Junior Championship Selection Camp roster,

On paper the other two goalies look better. Let’s hope he can out play one of them (or both).

Lindstrom should make the team. Wow, though, that’s a nice looking D for a Jrs club.
Dahlin, Liljegren, Högberg, Brännström should all be locks. Lindstrom looks to be fighting for a third pairing.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/06/17 at 03:21 PM ET

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Can anyone really make a case for Tavares coming to Detroit?

Looks like ESPN’s NHL page just needed to fill some sapce.

Even if Tavares wanted to sign here, there won’t be any $$ space….assuming Mantha,Larkin…get their expected raise. Even with Green off the books, I don’t see how the math works???

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/06/17 at 04:09 PM ET

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