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Khan Continues His Scouting Report, This One Is A Mystery

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He hasn't played up to the level he showed during his surprise 2009 playoff run, but he still has a promising upside. He struggled in 2009-10 but has improved incrementally since then, posting a plus-27 rating in his past 158 games, after posting a minus-22 rating in his first 74 career regular season games. He has an opportunity to assume a greater role this season (if there is one), following the departures of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart. *%&$#@ could end up playing on the top defense pair, with Niklas Kronwall. In any event, he should log more than 20 minutes a game for the first time in his career. He also will have a bigger role on the penalty kill.

more on our mystery man...

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“Superdrunk” Prospect

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Riley Sheahan, the Detroit Red Wings No 1 pick in the 2010 NHL draft who's currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins, was arrested Oct. 29 for driving with a "superdrunk" alcohol content more than two times the legal limit.

Sheahan, 20, was arrested and charged with driving with a blood-alcohol content of .17 or higher and providing false information after he was stopped going the wrong way on Ottawa Avenue, near Pearl Street, shortly before midnight on Monday, Oct. 29, according to Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Allen Noles.

The blood-alcohol charge, under what is also known as the “super drunk” law, could carry up to 180 days in jail with a conviction.


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Filppula May Have A Sprained Knee

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Yzerman Or Sakic?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

In Monday's Denver Post, we have a story that polled 10 of the most experienced hockey writers in North America to name the top 10 centers in NHL history.

Joe Sakic came in eighth, just behind Bryan Trottier and just ahead of Stan Mikita. Steve Yzerman, the former Detroit Red Wings Hall of Famer, came in sixth.

Do we have a Red Wings-Avs rematch rivalry moment here? Who was better — Yzerman or Sakic? Were the poll responders wrong?

I'm going to say ... mmm ... can we debate this a little? They were such similar players with similar numbers, on the back of their sweaters and on the ice.


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Coach Chelios

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

“I’m still not quite sure what I want to do, as far as management or coaching,” Chelios said. “But right now I’m leaning in that (coaching) direction. To learn from Blash and be around (assistant coach) Jimmy Paek, it’s a great way to get experience.

“It’s all new to me even though I played so many years. Coaching is just a whole different ballgame.”

Chelios currently works specifically on the Griffins penalty kill, which was tied for 20th in the AHL last season at 81.8 percent, and sharing his knowledge with the team.

Brendan Smith, considered the Red Wings top defensive prospects, said Chelios’ help has been invaluable.

“He’s been my mentor,” said Smith, who has worked with Chelios in Grand Rapids and brief stints in Detroit. “He’s a student of the game and arguably one of the best defensemen ever. So when he talks, I listen.

“It’s the little things – good pivots, good positioning, good stick work - and he knows all that stuff so well.”


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Nyquist “A Man Amongst Boys”

via Corey Pronman of the NHL Draft Blog at ESPN (paid subscription), 

Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings

"Playing above and beyond", "Doesn't belong in this league" and "A man amongst boys," are just some of the things I've heard when asking scouts about Nyquist's play so far. Currently tied for second in the AHL scoring race, Detroit's fourth-round pick in 2008 has displayed the very high level of skill scouts have grown accustomed to seeing from Nyquist going back to his time at the University of Maine. With his combination of puck skills, vision and overall offensive hockey sense to go along with an ability to consistently create chances thus far at the pro level, Nyquist will likely push for quality NHL ice time right away when the league re-opens.

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The Future Of The Wings

from Adam Schnepp of Hockey's Future,

A paradigm shift occurred for the Detroit Red Wings after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Gone were the days where Detroit would readily hand out early-round draft picks in exchange for veteran NHL talent. Instead, Detroit decided that they would need to hold on to their draft choices in order to build a prospect pool with skill and size that would help them compete in the new-look NHL.

The seeds planted during that lockout have started to bear fruit for the Red Wings. Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist are ready to make their mark on the NHL, while others such as Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson are looking to earn another call-up to the big club.


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Hot Goalie In Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins extended their winning streak to three games and climbed above the 0.500 mark for the first time this season on Wednesday, claiming a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in their 12th annual matinee game at Van Andel Arena.

Rookie netminder Petr Mrazek made 24 saves to backstop the Griffins (5-4-1-1) to their first home win and improve his personal record to 3-0, marking the third-best debut ever for a Grand Rapids goalie. Only Ty Conklin (2011-12) and Mathieu Chouinard (2000-01) enjoyed better starts (5-0) in a Griffins uniform than Mrazek, who currently ranks third in the AHL in both goals against average (1.30) and save percentage (0.954).

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No Surgery For Helm

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Report- Broken Cheekbone For Helm

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Darren Helm could be looking at more surgery after getting injured during Friday's player-run practice in Troy.

A source familiar with the situation said Helm suffered a fractured cheekbone. He is to see a specialist today to determine whether the break will heal on its own, or if an operation is required. Helm was injured when he was hit by a puck deflected by defenseman Ian White.


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