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Wings Will Try To Get Better

from Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News,

Jeff Blashill said he likes the personnel moves the Red Wings made over the past few weeks, and he appreciates the need to add to the roster, still.

But Blashill said he wonders if it will be possible.

Asked if he hopes for additions, he said, “I don’t know about hope.

“We’d like to try to continue to get better if we can. I know Ken (Holland) would like to and I would like to, but can you?

“Just making a move doesn’t make you better, and there are very few out there that can make you better. And so I think you have to be careful to make sure when you make a move it actually helps you, just like on July 1st (the start of free agency) you better be careful that who you sign actually helps you.

“That’s all part of the evaluation process, and we’ll see where everything stands in October.”

As for the moves the Red Wings made, he began by praising the signing of Darren Helm...


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Impressions from the fourth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The instructional portion of the Red Wings' summer development camp came to a close today with an incredibly hard "skating test" added on top of a set of practices and skill development drills for the Wings' campers. Tomorrow, they'll take part in an 11 AM scrimmage, and that will conclude the camp's activities for the summer.

The free agent invites who aren't NCAA-eligible or playing in Europe will return for the fall prospect tournament, and while that's where jobs and contracts can truly be won or lost, the impressions players will have left upon the coaches and management will serve as the groundwork for greater opportunities in September.

Today's skill development drills involved the forwards under Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson and Griffins assistant Ben Simon, and the drills were complex and nuanced, as were Todd Nelson and Jiri Fischer's drills for the defensemen; a more formal practice was held during the second half of the on-ice availability while players were siphoned off to engage in some skating drills and then a skating test under the guidance of Fischer and the Wings' skating coach.

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Holland on positional depth

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Ken Holland regarding his impressions of the Wings' summer development camp:

“Our goal is to have depth,” Holland told the Free Press while he watched over the team’s prospects this past week in Traverse City. “The young players have to make the team because they earned the job, because they take the job and make us better. They can't just make it because they are young and we think they will be good one day.”

Dylan Larkin made the Wings at 19 last autumn because he earned it. Andreas Athanasiou jumped Joakim Andersson in the lineup this past season because Athanasiou earned it with his superior skating and skill set.

After Pavel Datsyuk announced he's returning to Russia, the Wings added Frans Nielsen to be the second-line center. Thomas Vanek was added because he's a right-handed shot who is a two-time 40-goal scorer and who consistently scores in the 20-goal range. Steve Ott was added for grit and defensive skills.

“We added some vets for different reasons,” Holland said. “We want there to be competition, and the waiver wire also factors into decisions we make. If a player can be sent to the minors without waivers, he really has to take a job.

“From a development standpoint, we think it's better for a 21-22 year old to play 20 minutes a night in the AHL in all situations versus being in the NHL and playing eight or nine minutes. Athanasiou did that season, played nine minutes a night, but it was because the coaches thought in those minutes he could impact the game.”

St. James continues...

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‘Google Translated’ + English available: Datsyuk holds a press conference in St. Petersburg

I normally don't go this route, but Pavel Datsyuk held a press conference at the start of his children's hockey school in St. Petersburg, addressing his signing with SKA St. Petersburg as well as several other topics, and Sovetsky Sport's Tatiana Korokin, Sport-Express's Sergey Yaremenko, Championat's Anna Ovchinnikova and SKA St. Petersburg's webpage provided transcripts of the interview, and if you take the Google translations together, they offer a solid-enough summary of what Datsyuk had to say...

And SKA's English-language website has a fine translation of the interview available, too.

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More prospect camp scrimmage write-ups and videos

Of prospect-related note this afternoon:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned a recap of last night's scrimmage, which really starred Dylan Sadowy...

On Friday night during the Wings' first scrimmage of development camp, Sadowy had half of Team Lindsay's six goals in the 6-3 victory over Team Howe.

"They brought me in to do that," Sadowy said. "The first game you want to show that I can go to the net and get a couple goals so we'll see how things go here down the road."

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson has said this camp is for education, not evaluation, but he was impressed with Sadowy's performance.

"He had a good night," Nelson said. "Besides the goals too, I liked the way that he played. He plays hard, he's quicker than I thought he'd be. He's got good speed and he had good finish around the net."

Sadowy also blocked a shot near the end of the first half to preserve the 2-1 lead.

"That's my game," Sadowy said. "I do what it takes to win. So if it takes to block a couple shots here and there, I don't mind doing it. Even in a scrimmage. Every shift counts."

Wakiji continues, discussing Matthew Santos' injury...

The Free Press's Brandon Folsom also penned a write-up of the scrimmage...

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Audio from the fourth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The Red Wings' summer development camp involved a final day of skill development and some on-ice fitness testing today, all ahead of an 11 AM scrimmage on Sunday. After the on-ice sessions were over, the media assembled for a set of scrum interviews that actually turned out quite well.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke for about 9 minutes, discussing his takes on the evaluation process (or lack thereof) involved in this summer development camp, his impressions of the scrimmage, his take on the campers' progress from year-to-year and Tyler Bertuzzi's "closeness" to challenging for a roster spot, and he addressed the Wings' free agent moves as well:

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Jeff Blashill On Trying To Trade For A Defenseman

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although the team has a lot of depth at forward, the Wings could use some assistance on the blue line.

There is always the possibility the team could trade some of their forwards for a defenseman, but Blashill isn't counting on that to happen.

"That part, it's hard to do for sure in the league," Blashill said. "There isn't lots of trades. I just would say this, I think it's always important to have more good players at any position. We've got lots of real good players at the forward position. We'll see how the rest of the summer shakes out."

Blashill said he has other concerns.

"I think one thing we didn't talk about is how important I believe the internal growth of our players is," Blashill said. "That, to me, is more important than anything in free agency is that our young guys continue to take steps, really all our players, continue to take steps forward and guys take steps towards becoming that elite, gifted difference-maker type player that you need to have."

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Wings post development camp scrimmage highlights

The Red Wings posted Twitter-based highlights of both yesterday night's development camp scrimmage and the shootout from said game:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall talks about rehabbing his knee and the World Cup of Hockey

Niklas Krowall gave an interview to HockeySverige.se's Ronnie Ronnqvist, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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Morning news: Prospect camp notes and Griffins front office awards

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers penned a recap of the scrimmage at the Wings' summer development camp:

Dylan Sadowy made a great first impression Friday.

The left winger, who the Red Wings acquired in a May trade with San Jose, scored a hat trick in Team Lindsay’s 6-3 victory over Team Howe during Friday’s scrimmage at Centre ICE in Traverse City — Detroit prospects’ first chance to compete in game-like action.

“They brought me in to (be a goal scorer),” Sadowy said. “The first game I showed I can go to the net and get a couple goals. We’ll see how things go here down the road.”

The Woodbridge, Ontario product took a nice feed by Christoffer Ehn and buried his first goal to give Lindsay a 2-0 lead.

Lindsay already led 1-0 following a goal by 2015 fifth-round forward Chase Pearson on a power play, assisted on a beautiful pass by 2016 first-round defenseman Dennis Cholowski.

“It was pretty cool. Every guys likes to get points,” Cholowski said. “It was a good shot by my teammate, and I’m happy I got the assist.”

Somers continues...

2. And Winging It in Motown's SlapshotGoal posted a set of player analyses:

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