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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."

more from Blashill on development camp and the signed UFAs...

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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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Jeff Blashill On Pressure And The UFA Signings

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

"It's the same thing I got asked last year," Blashill said Friday before the Red Wings development camp scrimmage at Center I.C.E. Arena. "I think there's always pressure in this job and there always will be and I welcomed that when I took the job.

"But really, I don't spend lots of time worrying about what could happen bad. I spend all my time worrying about how we're going to do things to make sure we win."...

"Frans Nielsen was somebody that we thought was real important, losing Pavel (Datsyuk), to get a real quality centerman," Blashill said. "He's somebody that when I talk to the opposing coaches that they played against in the playoffs, they thought he did a great job against them. So that was, I thought, important.

"We thought Thomas Vanek – I've known him since he was in the USHL and watched him in college and know guys who have coached him – he's got a lot of talent, he's a big body that can score goals, he's a right shot. So there could be a real good fit there.

"Steve Ott ... I just thought his energy level is awesome. He's going to bring accountability and energy to our locker room, which I think you can never have enough of that and he obviously brings a certain style of play that can be real beneficial for us."...

"I thought the re-signing of Darren Helm was as important as any of them," Blashill said. "We really wanted Darren back. He brings great speed, great tenacity. He's a winner. He's the type of player I think you can win with.

"He can play on the power play, kill penalties, play up and down your lineup. So I was excited that we were able to sign him. "


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Impressions from the scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

The first of two scrimmages took place at the Red Wings' summer development camp on Friday, with "Team Lindsay" defeating "Team Howe" 6-3 on the stregth of a Dylan Sadowy hat trick.

The Wings' prospects played a spirited, competitive game that was high-intensity by summer hockey standards and fairly strong overall, and as I tend to say at this point in summer development camps, the margins between the players who are experiencing the high points of their careers as free agent invitees and those who will go on to NHL careers continue to grow narrower and narrower.

There wasn't a player on the ice for either team that had a "bad game," though some shone more than others, and experience--be it professional or amateur--tended to rule the roost in terms of the players that stood out, with a few exceptions.

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Evening news: Shootout highlights, a Blashill interview and Krupa on Smith and Cholowski

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Wings posted a clip of highlights from the non-binding shootout (as in: it didn't decide the game's result) at their summer development camp scrimmage:

2. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a clip of a short interview with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who was in town for the scrimmage....

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Audio from the scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘16

Team Lindsay beat Team Howe 6-3 in the scrimmage at the Red Wings' summer development camp on Friday night, thanks to the strength of a hat trick by Dylan Sadowy.

I'll tell you more about the game in my write-up, but for now, here are some interviews to tide you over:

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Praise for Frans Nielsen

From Dominik at Lighthouse Hockey:

Focus on Frans Nielsen, hockey player: The man can skate, can pass, can deke, can read the play, can anticipate, and does not quit. He's gotten so much out of his slight size that he's been as much a joy to watch as a 32-year-old making roughly $3.5 million (but just $2.75 million cap hit) as he was as a 25-year-old making a jaw-droppingly modest $525,000.

The analytics age was in its prenatal phase then with already interesting indications in Nielsen's numbers, but I didn't tell Snow that Nielsen was my favorite for any specific stat-based reasons. Nor did I say it to subtly convey to the GM, "I know what you did there, locking him up on the cheap before he knew how good he can be, you sly dog."

I said it because it was true: Nielsen is the kind of player I'm prone to love.

The player who does "the little things" behind the play that go unnoticed unless you're really watching, the player who does virtually nothing flashy outside of the shootout move yet consistently has a positive impact on the game and his linemates. The underdog who makes good, the guy who presciently understands the modern game before so many old-school dinosaurs and yet humbly goes about his way. The most demonstrative Nielsen goal celebration you'll see is a quick elation two-arm raise followed by a look to his teammates that basically says, "Guys, isn't this FUN?!?"

I love hockey. That Dane loves hockey. And he plays it pretty damn well.


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