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The Season Outlook For Xavier Ouellet

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: After earning occasional call-ups the past three seasons, Ouellet is assured of a roster spot at the start of the season, since the club isn't likely to risk losing him on waivers. But he must earn his way into the lineup. Right now, he appears to be seventh on the defensive depth chart, ahead of Ryan Sproul, who also is no longer waiver-exempt.

Ouellet showed much promise in 2014-15, appearing in 24 games with the Red Wings. But Alexey Marchenko moved ahead of him in the pecking order last season.

Ouellet has good mobility and moves the puck well. He's not tall but is fairly bulky, which helps in defending heavier opponents. He's at his best when he's making the simple play and not trying to do too much. He has some offensive ability but is more likely to be a second- or third-pair, defensive defenseman in the NHL.

Key question: Should the Red Wings stick with the safer Ouellet or favor the more offensively inclined Sproul?

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Evening news: Quick notes regarding prospect news, the prospect tournament/main camp and more

Of Red Wings-related note this evening, in short form:

1. In the prospect department, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji engages in an "encounter" with Dennis Cholowski at the summer development camp;

2. Also in the prospect department, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin went from a healthy scratch to playing 13:04 and going 6-and-5 in the faceoff dot in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;

3. Regarding the prospect tournament and main training camp, Centre Ice Arena posted something of a primer in their monthly email newsletter, and according to the newsletter, all active and former military servicemembers and EMS, fire and police officers get free admission to the first day of training camp on September 23rd;

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Wings post Petr Mrazek’s 2016-17 mask art

From the Red Wings...

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Gordie Howe’s final tour

The Canadian Press updates the news regarding Gordie Howe and Colleen Howe's ashes being interred near the Saskatoon statue of Mr. Hockey:

Howe's son, Marty, has said some of his father's ashes will be spread in Michigan’s Bear Lake, where a similar service was held for Colleen after her death in 2009.

Howe spent the bulk of his stellar career with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

"His favourite spots are going to have my mom and dad, and Saskatoon was one of them," Marty Howe said.

Saskatoon spokeswoman Catherine Gryba explained at the time of the request that the city would take appropriate steps to safeguard and respect the ashes. They are to be encased in a special concrete vessel with a commemorative plaque on top to protect them.

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Red Wings reveal 5 new jersey numbers

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‘The Draft Analyst’ praises Filip Hronek’s Four Nations Cup performance

The Under-20 Four Nations Cup just wrapped up in the Czech Republic, and Filip Hronek captained the Czech team to a silver medal taken against the Swedes. Via DRW Prospects on Twitter, "The Draft Analyst," Steve Kournianos, weighed in on the prospects who took part in the tournament, Hronek included.

Here's what Kournianos had to say about Hronek:

LHD Filip Hronek (DET 2nd/2016): You’ll have to excuse us if we sound like a broken record, but boy can Hronek play the game of hockey. After an impressive WJC as a draft-year eligible, Hronek was the Czech Republic’s best player of any position, logging the most minutes in every situation. He made multiple impressive plays per game, and even strung together half-periods of defensive-zone dominance. Not bad for a kid listed right at six feet, but don’t even thjnk for a moment that he’s the same scrawny kid we saw at the same U20 Four Nations last August. The increase in upper body strength was evident in both his ability to pin and hold, and fend off opponents while on the move. The Red Wings have a dandy on their hands, and they’ll get to see more of him when he suits up for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Frans Nielsen’s busy helping Denmark qualify for the 2018 Olympics

USA Today's Kevin Allen lists Frans Nielsen as one of 10 NHL players whose performances will be pivotal to their teams' successes...

3. Frans Nielsen (Detroit Red Wings): With Pavel Datsyuk now in the Kontinental Hockey League, the Red Wings need Nielsen to be a significant offensive contributor as a No. 2 center.

And Nielsen is spending this week and the next helping Denmark qualify for the 2018 Olympics. He spoke with DR.dk's Aleksandar Josevski and Frederik Lindved regarding his particularly busy schedule of late, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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Osgood reunited with first goalie coach in Saginaw

File this one under a "neat story": the Saginaw News's Hugh Bernreuter reports that Chris Osgood's status as a part-owner of the Saginaw Spirit has yielded a reunion of sorts with his first goalie coach:

Phil Myre spent 10 days in Alberta, watching a couple of goaltenders the Detroit Red Wings were thinking about drafting.

Myre thought he saw something special in the little one, the one who looked like the 12-year-old stick boy.

So in 1991, on Myre's suggestion, the Detroit Red Wings took Chris Osgood with the 54th overall pick.

More than 25 years later, their paths crossed again when Osgood became a part owner of the Saginaw Spirit Ontario Hockey League team, one that employs Myre as a goaltender consultant.

"Phil was my first goalie coach," Osgood said. "Not all teams had goalie coaches back then, so I didn't really have that kind of coaching until Phil.

"He became my mentor of sorts. He's one of the top goalie coaches around."

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Anthony Mantha Must Impress To Make The Wings Roster

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Even with Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder surgery) and Tomas Jurco (back surgery) due to start the season on injured reserve, the odds are against Mantha making the season-opening roster.

Mantha would need to excel in training camp and the preseason and the team would need to suffer another injury or two. Mantha would need an opening in the top nine. He's not going to play on the fourth line and he won't be on the roster as a healthy scratch when he could be playing regularly at Grand Rapids. This is his final season of waiver-exemption.

After a rough start to his pro career in 2014-15 (fractured leg in prospects tournament, below average season in Grand Rapids), Mantha showed some promise and maturity in 2015-16. He played OK during a late-season call-up.
Mantha has a lot of raw talent. His size is important to an organization with a lot of smaller forwards. He's a natural goal-scorer with good offensive instincts and moves well for a big man. He is effective around the net on the power play.

Mantha must play hard every shift. He's not going to be a two-way player but can't be a defensive liability.

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The overnight report: A ‘hype video,’ Griffins jersey contest winners, and even more Magic (man…)

Of...we'll call it "hockey-related note that may be of interest to Red Wings fans"...this morning:

1. The Red Wings have posted a "hype video" for the final season at the Joe, and it's...sure strange to watch a highlight clip that doesn't have #13 in it:

2. In the AHL, via the Free Press's James Jahnke, the Grand Rapids Griffins announced the winner and runner-up of their fan-made jersey design contest:

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