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Ready, Set, Camp

from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are prepared for a training camp unlike any they have experienced, missing seven players due to the World Cup and a few others with injuries.

It will afford them a better opportunity to evaluate younger players.

"The challenge that you have when evaluating a young player is making sure they end up playing against guys that are going to be NHLers," coach Jeff Blashill said. "So certain guys, as we get into the preseason, we're going to have to do a good job making sure they're matched up against NHL players because everybody's rosters will be a little bit depleted of NHL players. While a lot of the young guys are going to get four and five scrimmages, let's make sure it's on a line-by-line basis against some of the best players on the other team."

After physicals and off-ice testing Thursday, players will start three days of practices and scrimmages Friday at Centre I.C.E. in Traverse City. Camp concludes Monday with a Red and White game. The preseason opener is Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

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Your Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Roster

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released their training camp roster, comprised of 62 players who will hit the ice on Friday, Sept. 23 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., for four days of camp before returning to Detroit to begin preseason play on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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Does Ryan Sproul Have Enough Defense In Him To Make The Detroit Roster?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The knock against Ryan Sproul for much of his three AHL seasons was his defensive play, so the Detroit Red Wings aren't expecting to see a shutdown defender in training camp and the preseason.

They want Sproul to do what he does best – generate offense – during the most important camp of his career as he tries show he deserves a spot on the team.

"He's got a real skill-set offensively," coach Jeff Blashill said. "He'll have to score on the power play when he gets his power-play chances in camp. When you score, you make yourself a real commodity. And he can do that.

"He's going to have to be great jumping in the play, great adding a fourth man on the rush and still do a real good job defensively and breaking the puck out. When he's doing his best he goes back hard for pucks and gets the puck out of our end, and he's going to have to make sure he does that."

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Impressions from the Red Wings’ loss to Carolina at the prospect tournament ‘16

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects fell short in the championship game, losing 6-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes, and while the Wings were willing to reflect on a tournament well-played after the game, the sting of the loss hung heavy in the locker room.

Try-outs and prospects alike stuffed gear into hockey bags and hustled to shower and take a post-game stretch while the Hurricanes celebrated in their locker room.

The Hurricanes' website posted a solid recap from Carolina's perspective, and from Detroit's...

If you're familiar with a slow start and some bad breaks going against the Wings, the prospects were able to follow a familiar script. The Wings didn't get a shot on goal for the first half-a-period, and during that time the Hurricanes scored a pair of goals thanks to a defensive breakdown and a back-door play, respectively.

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‘Two Things’: On Abdelkader at the World Cup and Steve Ott, locker room leader

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. At the World Cup of Hockey, Team USA was eliminated from semifinal contention in a 4-2 loss to Canada, and Justin Abdelkader took 1 shot, had 3 hits and finished at -1 in 11:16 of ice time in the loss;

2. And you may take this statement from Jeff Blashill for what you will, per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

“I think our best chance to win is to win as a team and I know that’s kind of cliche-ish in sports but it’s extremely true,” Blashill explained. “Sometimes you can win with a couple of superstars. I think this team is built that we’re going to have to win as a team.

“Part of that is camaraderie. I think Steve [Ott] can really help in that area. That might not seem significant to some. I think it’s extremely significant. I’ve already talked with Otter about helping in that area, making sure we have a group that’s really close.”

There was a sense from the outside that this element, for so long a strength of the Red Wings, was beginning to slip away last season and that factions were evolving within the Detroit dressing room.

“I think that one thing that’s separated this team from lots of other teams over the years is that it’s been a selfless group, a group that works hard every day,” Blashill said. “I think we also need to make sure that we’re a group that’s extremely tight. How do you do that? Just little things off the ice, little things after practice.”

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Audio from the Red Wings’ loss to Carolina at the prospect tournament ‘16

The Detroit Red Wings' prospect tournament ended with an "almost." The Red Wings' prospects battled their tails off in attempts to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, but Detroit kept digging multiple-goal-deficit holes for themselves, and as a result, the Wings lost 6-4 to Carolina in the championship game.

After the game, Givani Smith discussed the game and the Wings' late-third-period surge, his increasing comfort level with the Wings' system of play as the prospect tournament progressed and how he'll transfer that momentum to the main training camp, and I made sure to ask him and every interview subject about the impression that the legion of volunteers made upon them:

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Red Wings’ prospects lose championship game against Carolina

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects gave the Carolina Hurricanes as good as they could give, but a 2-0 deficit kept getting bigger and bigger, and as a result, the Red Wings battled from a 6-2 deficit to lose 6-4 to the Hurricanes in the championship game at the Wings' prospect tournament in Traverse City, MI.

Tyler Bertuzzi had a fantastic game, scoring 2 goals, Zach Nastasiuk had a goal and an assist, Filip Hronek had 2 assists and the Wings worked their asses off, but they just dug too deep a hole to dig out of, and some poorly-timed penalties in the 2nd and 3rd period hurt the cause.

The prospects will get a 2-day break before main camp begins on Friday.

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Afternoon news: Useful Tweets, a season preview and a prospect profile

Of Red Wings-related Twitter note:

1. Quite important:

2. In the promotional department:

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‘Three Things’: How to watch tonight’s prospect tourney game, a Canes game preview and steps of note

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. From the Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings will battle the Carolina Hurricanes in the championship game of the NHL Prospect Tournament tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

Fans can tune in to watch the Red Wings battle for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup courtesy of a live stream on the FOX Sports Go app and DetroitRedWings.com. Users in the United States can download the FOX Sports Go app and stream the game for free, regardless of cable or satellite provider, while the stream on DetroitRedWings.com has no geographic restrictions. The game will feature the play-by-play commentary of Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal.

The Red Wings have qualified for the championship game for the second-straight season and Detroit will look for its first title since the 2013 tournament.

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Impressions from the morning skate during championship day at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament ‘16

As noted in the audio post, the Red Wings' prospects held an "optional" skate that included every healthy skater ahead of tonight's championship game against the Carolina Hurricanes (7 PM EDT on Fox Sports Go and DetroitRedWings.com). Carolina didn't do the same...

The Canes' website also posted a clip of coach Ulf Samuelsson's comments after last night's game...

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