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Updated with video at 1:13 AM: Of Red Wings-related note while I'm "on vacation":
- At the U.S. World Junior evaluation camp, Dylan Larkin registered 2 assists as Team USA "White" defeated the scoreless Axel Holmstrom and Christoffer Ehn's Swedes 10-4 on Monday, while Vili Saarijarvi scored a goal (and Julius Vahatalo didn't play) in Finland's 10-4 win over a scoreless Dominic Turgeon and "Team Blue." You can watch highlights from both games on USA Hockey's YouTube channel, too; Joe Hicketts and Team Canada are battling Evgeny Svechnnikov and Team Russia as I write this, with Hicketts having scored in what's a 3-1 Canada lead after 2 periods [edit: Canada won 4-1, with Evgeny Svechnikov taking 2 minor penalties];
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I always feel a little guilty about going on vacation at this time of year. While the Red Wings summer news cycle is at its "low tide" point, the Wings' players are slowly but surely getting back on the ice after a summer's worth of training, and by next week, they'll be taking part in "pro camps" and optional skates around Metro Detroit, first in small groups and then in larger ones.
This month is a busy one--on the 22nd, the Joe Kocur Foundation holds its annual softball tournament, and by the 24th or 25th, the Red Wings' players will being skating at Joe Louis Arena "informally" in larger and larger numbers as days go by.
Just as importantly, the World Junior summer camps are taking place presently in Lake Placid and Calgary, and with eight total Red Wings players taking part in exhibition games, and while nothing particularly revelatory will take place, these evaluation camps involve checking and battling for spots on the WJC teams.
In terms of today's news:
Today's Wings-related news is pretty spartan...
1. But USA Hockey's World Junior website reports that Dominic Turgeon scored a goal (which you can watch at the 1:24 mark of USA Hockey's scrimmage recap video) in Turgeon's Team Blue defeated Dylan Larkin's Team White 4-3, and games against Finland and Sweden will begin today at 1 and 4 PM EDT. You can watch them on http://www.fasthockey.com;
2. And if you want to watch Jeff Blashill play golf, Traverse City's 9&10 News covered the Ferris State University alumni golf outing, and as Blashill played college hockey at Ferris State, he's still very much so a proud Bulldog:
As mentioned earlier today, a total of eight Red Wings prospects are taking part in World Junior summer camps this week--Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon (USA), Julius Vahtalo and Vili Saarijarvi (Finland), Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom (Sweden) are all taking part in the U.S. World Junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, NY, and Joe Hicketts (Canada) and Evgeny Svechnikov (Russia) taking part in Canada's World Junior camp in Calgary.
And, as you might imagine, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is absolutely delighted with the fact that six of the Red Wings' top prospects are taking part i a high-level competition in early August, as he told the Free Press's Helene St. James (via RedWingsFeed):
“They’re playing against their peers, that’s why I like it,” Holland told the Free Press. “To evaluate 18-19 year olds, if you try to evaluate them at a main camp, against pros, they don’t have the puck a lot. If you see them against their peers, you get a better read for their potential, and things they need to improve on.”
Just as importantly, unlike the summer development camps, spots with national teams are on the line, so there's checking, physical battling and different sets of team officials to impress.
It’s an especially good opportunity to see Holmstrom, because while the Wings have signed him, “we’re not bringing him to camp in fall because he’s trying to establish himself with a Swedish Elite League team,” Holland said.
While Saarijarvi is expected to play next season in Flint and Larkin either will be in Detroit or Grand Rapids, this is an opportunity to get a better handle on all six, as well as seeing some of next-year’s draft-eligible players.
St. James continues, stating that Holland will take in both camps. I'm sure he won't be representing the Wings alone--the World Junior summer camps precede the Under-17 Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic, so this is basically the "start of the 2015-16 season" for the Red Wings' amateur scouts.
Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. The World Junior camps are underway in Lake Placid (Dominic Turgeon and Dylan Larkin represent Team USA; Juilus Vahatalo represents Finland; and both Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom represent Sweden) and Calgary (Joe Hicketts is playing for Team Canada; Evgeny Svechnikov is playing for Russia), and ESPN's Corey Pronman is covering the U.S. camp:
FASTHockey.com is going to air the U.S. camp games online; TSN will air Canada's tilts.
2. Also in the prospect department, OHL Prospects Blog's Brock Otten examined the Red Wings' Ontario Hockey League graduates:
Alexey Marchenko had a conversation with Sport-Express's Igor Eronko recently, and here's a very rough translation thereof (as there's some colloquialism fun going on here):
As far as I'm concerned, it's just a bit too early for fantasy hockey talk, but the Hockey News's Matt Larkin spent a good bit of time compiling the Hockey News's top 200 fantasy hockey player list, and seven Red Wings players made the cut:
43. Pavel Datsyuk, C: Quietly topped a point per game for second time in past three years. May miss first month, though. Watch the injury reports.
48. Henrik Zetterberg, C: Doesn’t score goals like he used to but still piles up points in Detroit.
61. Tomas Tatar, LW: A year ago, Gus Nyquist was Wings’ top young talent. Now it’s Tatar, who always had the better pedigree.
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill stopped by the Grand Rapids Griffins' youth hockey camp today, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Blashill was in town to watch his 9-year-old son take part in the event:
He got to watch his oldest son, 9-year-old Teddy, take part in the camp, and then signed autographs for 30 minutes for the 75 campers in attendance.
"I haven't had as much a chance to watch him because we're in the process of moving right now," Blashill said of one of his three children. "But it's a cool thing to be able to see him. I think he likes daddy on this side of the glass and not on the ice with him, so it works out good."
Blashill said his family has sold their home in East Grand Rapids and purchased a home in Plymouth. They will complete the move in the next couple of weeks.
"I feel blessed to be a part of the organization for three years and to get an opportunity before we leave town here and touch base with some of the young kids here," he said. "I think there's a great connection with the Red Wings and Griffins, and I think as you go through the state of Michigan there are Red Wings fans everywhere. I just don't think this is censured to just one region of the state. So it's' good to be able to touch base."
As the Grand Rapids Griffins wrap up their youth hockey camp, a familiar face dropped in for a visit...
And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Wings assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler about his adjustment from Grand Rapids to his new position with the Red Wings:
First-year Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler got a taste of what's ahead under Jeff Blashill when the staff met for the first time about three weeks ago. Ferschweiler, who was with the Grand Rapids Griffins with Blashill, will be joined on the bench by Tony Granato, a holdover from Mike Babcock's staff. He came away encouraged.
"We went over for two days in Detroit for a seminar where we did, 'Here's how we did things in Grand Rapids,' and Tony said, 'Here's how we did taught things in Detroit,'" Ferschweiler said. "Now, the systems are virtual the same with a few subtle differences. Some of the verbiage is different, so we just wanted to get on the same page and say I like the way that sounds or the way this sounds. That was our first time as a staff."
Ferschweiler continues, discussing his role as the power play manager for Detroit's forwards, and at the end of the article, he and Blashill discuss their roles in terms of keeping each other in check:
Niklas Kronwall spoke with Expressen's Jonatan Lindquist in a very lengthy interview, and here's a rough translation thereof:
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