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The overnight report: Happy summer; on Nyquist’s 14-15 campaign & Andersson’s job-keeping challenges
The Denver Post's Mike Chambers reported that Kyle Quincey's taking part in the University of Denver's annual pro camp, and local pro camps at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University aren't far behind;
In Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Post's T.J. Colello reports that Evgeny Svechnikov and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' "veterans" are going to hit the ice on Wednesday and begin their preseason on Friday...
So it's somewhat ironic that Luke Glendening's biggest message to the Red Wings' youth campers was "enjoy your summer," as noted by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
“Summer wasn’t hockey season for me,” Glendening explained. “It was baseball and football season at this time, so I just never did it.”
This specific time of year when he was growing up was reserved for the gridiron.
“I got to win a state championship in football with (his brother Joe) and it’s something that we’ll share forever,” said Glendening, who played fullback and cornerback for East Grand Rapids, Mich. high school.
Even though he’s made it as an NHLer, Glendening wouldn’t trade those high-school football memories for anything.
“I don’t know, there’s just something about them,” he said of playing high school football in Michigan. “I think it’s the community rallying behind you and school hasn’t started yet, so it’s just kind of all your friends. I don’t have an exact answer for it but there’s definitely something to them. My town was pretty cool. It used to be a ghost town on Friday nights when we would play. So I just miss the Friday (game) nights, definitely not the practices.”
Duff continues, and I sure wish that we lived in a world where kids weren't on their fourth or fifth skill development camp of the summer, Major Junior players weren't getting ready for training camps in mid-August and European pro leagues weren't knee-deep into a month-long preseason, but Danny DeKeyser's finishing the Wings' youth camp with a flourish on Wednesday for a practical reason--the kids need to get "back to work".
While we're talking about youngsters making the best of their situations (work with me here, it is still August), DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Paterson looked back at Gustav Nyquist's "Red Wings highs," and his statistics were "high" enough to earn Nyquist a 4-year, $19 million contract extension...
From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
As the Free Press has reported, Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi will play state-side as he attempts to make his way to the NHL.
Saarijarvi, the Wings' third-round choice (73rd overall) in this year's draft, is expected to sign Wednesday with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League.
Saarijarvi, 18, had an agreement with a men's hockey team in his native Finland for the coming season, but it is to Saarijarvi's - and the Wings' - advantage that Saarijarvi play in Flint, where he will be competing against others his age, and is less likely to be the odd man out of the lineup as he could have been in the top Finnish league.
Update: MLive's Aaron McMann confirms:
Detroit Red Wings prospect and prized defenseman Vili Saarijarvi is expected to sign with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the decision tells MLive.
Saarijarvi, 18, arrived in Flint on Sunday to meet with Firebirds officials for the first time since being taken ninth overall in the Canadian Hockey League's Import Draft on June 30.
A third-round selection of the Red Wings in this year's NHL Entry Draft, Saarijarvi was already signed to play with a men's hockey team in his native Finland.
Saarijarvi signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Detroit on July 3 and participated in the team's development camp in Traverse City.
Red Wings officials have said publicly they prefer the 5-foot-10, 163-pound defenseman close by so they can monitor his development.
Take this from SportsLogos.net's Chris Creamer for what you will:
Via The Score, Johan Franzen has quite the sense of humor:
Updated 3x at 3:57 PM: Luke Glendening took part in the Red Wings' youth hockey camp this morning, and afterward, he spoke with the media regarding several topics. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Glendening regarding the "push for jobs" under new coach Jeff Blashill...
"It's an exciting time," Glendening said. "Since I've been here, which hasn't been long, I don't know that there's been this much competition to get in the lineup. Adding those guys is huge for us. It's going to make training camp really exciting."
Glendening still has a bandage on his right hand, where he suffered a deep gash during Game 4 of the playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he said everything "is good" and he's ready to fight for minutes.
"You have to play like you're fighting for your job every day," Glendening said, "or you're not going to make it. I need to take more steps to secure a spot, but I thought I took a step in the right direction."
That showed in Glendening's output, which increased from one goal in 2013-14 to a dozen in 2014-15. Now comes another opportunity to improve.
"I want to produce more than I did last year, get better on face-offs, help the penalty kill out," Glendening said. "You can't stay stagnant. You can't become complacent."
And Glendening continued on that tack while speaking with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
These folks are Friends of TMR, so, from WOOD TV8:
Hockey fans rejoice! There’s a special event where you can get a dose of your favorite sport in summer, and help a great cause!
The West Michigan Special Hockey Association (WMSHA) will host its first Summer Skate-a-Thon on Monday, August 17, to raise money for the upcoming season. The event will include ice skating, raffles, and snacks. Mike Knuble, former Detroit Red Wings star and current Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach, will sign autographs from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and then skate for the duration. Players from the Davenport University women’s hockey team also will participate.
The Skate-a-Thon is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Patterson Ice Center. It is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to participate. Doors open at 5 p.m., with players and guests taking the ice for an hour-long skate at 6 p.m.
The West Michigan Special Hockey Association is a free league for children with disabilities. It’s open to any player older than five who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability. The group hopes to raise $1,000 through the Skate-a-Thon.
For more information about the skate-a-thon, WMSHA or to make a donation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. ESPN's Cory Pronman ranked every NHL team by prospect "strength," and the Red Wings earned a high mark in his Insider-only entry:
7. Detroit Red Wings
Previous ranking: 16
Detroit's system stumbled a bit recently but had fantastic seasons from several key prospects, with many elevating their stocks exponentially. Dylan Larkin, Axel Holmstrom, Tyler Bertuzzi and Joe Hicketts are among those, though top prospect Anthony Mantha struggled and saw his stock dip. Larkin is currently a true elite prospect, and the Wings have a high level of quality depth too.
2. Puck Daddy asked Maria Camacho to share the Red Wings superlatives "From A to Z," and this made me smile:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
2015-16 outlook: Former coach Mike Babcock cited Ericsson's need to play with more intensity, saying he plays well in "bigger games" but not so much in others. Ericsson is coming off an inconsistent season. He needs to cut down on turnovers and manage the puck better, particularly when pressured. He's mobile for a big man but got caught flat-footed too often.
Coach Jeff Blashill indicated he'll pair Mike Green with Danny DeKeyser, likely ensuring that Ericsson remains on the top pairing with Niklas Kronwall, as they'll continue to be matched up against top lines. They'll probably also continue being the top pair on the penalty kill.
Ericsson said he did a better job last season of controlling a hip issue that made it difficult for him to walk on one of his legs in 2013-14. He said his hand will never be 100 percent, after undergoing surgery for torn ligaments in March 2014.
Key question: Should Ericsson continue being paired with Kronwall?
As mentioned on Monday afternoon, Riley Sheahan addressed his new coach's pluses whlie speaking with reporters at the Red Wings' youth hockey camp, and Sheahan also spoke with WXYZ's Brad Galli regarding the team's take on the coaching change as a whole...
"There's a lot of fun and positivity coming to the rink, and I just think this change will help that, and makes us look forward to coming to the rink," he said.
Outsiders posed the thought about the Red Wings locker room needing a culture refresh or change. Sheahan said he "didn't think" Detroit needed a culture change, but likes what Blashill brings to the room.
"It's kind of where it all starts. Things have to be positive in the locker room and you gotta have confidence in the locker room. It's gotta be a good environment in the locker room. I think Blash' brings that. So, we're happy about it."
Sheahan admitted he thinks Blashill and Babcock's coaching systems are similar, and losing Babcock to Toronto is "tough to deal with because he's such a good coach."
And I was intrigued by Sheahan's take on his own performance during his sophomore season, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:
The media took in the Red Wings' annual youth hockey camp at Joe Louis Arena today...
And the Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Sheahan regarding his new coach:
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