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Red Wings at the World Cup: Abdelkader scores for U.S., Mrazek’s Czechs prevail

In their final games of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Petr Mrazek and Justin Abdelkader had strong outings for their respective teams.

Justin Abdelkader scored the 2-2 goal for Team USA, one-timing a pass from Dustin Byfuglien past Mrazek...

Abdelkader finished with 3 shots, 2 hits and a +1 in 12:19 played

And Mrazek stopped 36 of 39 shots in the Czechs' 4-3 win over Team USA.

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Catchy uppy post: Pre-training camp stories

Catching up with the last day-and-a-half's worth of Red Wings-related news, on a source-by-source basis:

A. DetroitRedWings.com: The Detroit Red Wings released their training camp roster on Wednesday;

The Wings also posted a recap of the prospect tournament championship game, a profile of Mathew Santos and a recap of the team's community tour through Michigan yesterday;

B. NHL.com: NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale included Tyler Bertuzzi in his 11 best players at the prospect tournament;

C. MLive: According to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner, the Grand Rapids Griffins will hold training camp in Detroit to help the Wings deal with the player shortage they face due to World Cup competition;

MLive's Ansar Khan penned articles about Ryan Sproul, the Wings' training camp roster, Jeff Blashill's take on said roster, pre-training camp updates from Blashill and Tomas Jurco and Blashill's take on Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist's respective needs to step up;

Eric Woodyard followed Darren Helm and Drew Miller's visit to Flint, Michael Kransz followed Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan's visit to Muskegon, and Mike Mulholland noted that the Joe's stairs are getting a "Farewell to the Joe" wrap;

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Jeff Blashill Has A Message For His Players

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

To the few players who will take the ice for Friday’s start of training camp, Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has a message he wants to instill.

As individual players, and as a team, the Wings underachieved last season in nearly every aspect. The start of camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City is a chance to begin forging a stronger, more successful, identity.

“It’s about pounding away every single day saying I’m going to make this team better,” Blashill said Thursday. “My message to our players is don’t play good enough to make the team, play good enough to make the team better.”


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Youngsters Challenged

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

AA, Mantha challenged: Blashill, on what he wants to see from forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, both of whom are exempt from waivers: "I got to make sure I get them out against other teams' best players as much as I can (during preseason games) so they're challenged against NHLers and then they have to play great. I think AA did that lots last year. He's got to continue to do that. It's about pounding away every single day, saying 'I'm going to make this team better.' My message to our players is, 'Don't play good enough to make the team. Play good enough to make the team better.' That's going to be the key for any of our young guys."

Young D to get good look: With Niklas Kronwall (knee) unavailable for scrimmages and possibly part or all of the exhibition season, the club will have a better opportunity to evaluate young defensemen Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen and Robbie Russo, in particular. "Those guys would have played games no matter what," Blashill said. "What it does is put them up in the lineup a little more when a guy like Nik is out and (Alexey) Marchenko's not here. Those guys will get their exhibitions but hopefully get a chance to play against real good NHL players."

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Camp Starts

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Jeff Blashill Met With The Media This Morning

via Ansar Khan tweets,

#RedWings Jeff Blashill said Teemu Pulkkinen not cleared for full contact in camp.

Blashill said #RedWings Tomas Jurco (back surgery) probably won't be ready to play until November.


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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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