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The Red Wings' summer development campers got back to the business of doing team drills and beginning to work on Red Wings' systems play during the third day of the development camp, and they engaged in some incredibly unconventional but effective skating drills as well. Team Howe and Team Lindsay are spending this afternoon watching the Thunderbirds loop, spin and soar through the air, but the players were doing some looping, spinning and soaring of their own during Jiri Fischer's skill drills today, which was right on the line between stunningly beautiful to watch and smirk-inducing, depending on the player.
Here are the teams that participated in today's activities...
added 4:26pm, Detroit release is below...
The Red Wings' prospects got back to the work that is driving home the fundamentals and systems of Red Wings hockey today, working with the Griffins and Walleye's coaches on breakouts and dump-in retrievals and doing some absolutely wild and wacky drills with Jiri Fischer.
I spoke with several players after a split session in which Team Lindsay skated first and Team Howe skated second, and I tried to put the pedal to the interviewing medal to give you a little more bang for your buck.
Today, Centre Ice Arena is selling tickets for training camp an the prospect tournament, so I'm officially allowed to share the dates of both events with you.
The Prospect Tournament is going to take place from Friday, September 11th to Tuesday, September 15th, with practices in the morning and games in the afternoon/evening.
Training Camp will take place between Friday, September 18th and Monday, September 21st, and you should note that the Red & White Game has moved to Monday the 21st instead of Sunday the 20th.
The events taking place at training camp go as follows, and they may be subject to slight changes, but the emphasis is on "slight":
Updated at 7:53 AM: Among this morning's Red Wings-related news items:
MLive's Brendan Savage penned a particularly thorough article discussing the development of Dylan Larkin through the eyes of Larkin himself and Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, who believes in Larkin's potential:
"Basically since we drafted him he's been portrayed in hockey circles as one of the best prospects outside the NHL," said Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings director of player development. "He's an elite character. He wants to be a hockey player. We're very excited about his future."
Larkin himself understands that he's going to serve an apprenticeship in Grand Rapids, and he tells Savage that his whirlwind 2014-15 season, spent in the NCAA, at the World Junior Championships, the World Championships and the AHL playoffs, should benefit his development in the long run:
This evening's Red Wings-related news stories consist of four items:
1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan posited an annotated photo gallery of 10 of the Wings' best and 10 of the Wings' worst free agent signings;
2. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, who believes if you have something unkind to say, just say it (because that is many a sportswriter's job), said this...
The best free agent signing to date: Williams in Washington. The one I don’t understand: Wanting Mike Green, who played third pair defence with the Capitals, makes sense. Paying him $6 million a year, even on a three-year contract, doesn’t compute with the usual common sense Red Wings. Detroit signed both Green and Brad Richards, whose best days were at least four years ago.
3. The Free Press's Steve Schrader, who believes in saying something if it's clever, issues this "Stevie Award"...
The "Those Were the Days" award To Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, both elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Was there ever a more entertaining time for the Red Wings than their era, with the personalities and the Stanley Cups? And nobody was a bigger part of it than Sergei, so the Wings should stop thinking about it and put his No. 91 in the Joe Louis Arena rafters while they're still playing at the rink he starred at.
To which the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reminds us that Ken Holland offered a tepid response to any discussions of raising #91 to the rafters, saying there had never been any discussions thereof previously:
I just had an entire entry eaten by a blogging glitch--a glitch that ate 2-and-a-half hours worth of work, which is why Paul is working so hard to get to KK 2.0 software-wise--and as such, I'm going to give this to you the short version route:
The scoring in the Red Wings prospects' scrimmage went like this...
And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose and MLive's Brendan Savage told its tales:
The Red Wings' development campers engaged in a spirited scrimmage on Saturday, with Team Lindsay winning 6-5 and a slightly-more-than-10-man shootout 4-3. After the scrimmage ended, players hustled off to post-game interviews with the management, so I had very little time to speak with them, but I was able to speak with four people, and here's the audio from their interviews:
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding one Jakub Kindl, who had a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids this past season, and it certainly sounds like Kindl will be given a chance to redeem himself on the Wings' blueline:
"I thought when he came down he did a great job for us," Blashill said. "You can say, well, it's an NHLer coming down and playing — you have to stand out, and he stood out. He did a great job.
"When he's playing his best he's a great puck-moving defenseman — he's going back for the puck, he's seeing through the forechecker making the proper passes. I think that is the number one ingredient for a defenseman to be great, is their ability to play the puck out of their end, because then you just don't play any d-zone and you play in the other team's end and that's the formula to win."
It's likely the Wings do something on the back end before training camp to make room for a young guy (Alexey Marchenko/Xavier Ouellet) to play, but if Kindl shows up at camp in top shape, it sounds like he may get a chance.
"He's got really good ability, he's a really good person," Blashill said. "He's done a great job of persevering through tough times over the last few years. Hopefully he's put himself in position to compete for spots at camp."
In a different kind of redemptive tone, Mitch Callahan is up here in Grand Rapids rehabbing a torn ACL, and he spoke with MLive's Brendan Savage about that process...
This morning, the Red Wings' prospects engaged in a set of drills that were designed to get them ready for today's scrimmage (4-5:30 PM), and Team Lindsay and Team Howe practiced simultaneously, so I was able to get in about 20 minutes of viewing of each set of prospects and a good look at some of the goalie drills that goalie coaches Jim Bedard and Jeff Salajko put the goalies through...
But 20 minutes of assessment isn't a particularly fantastic indicator of where a player's going to be, and scrimmages allow some players to shine and others to fade into the woodwork, so I can't promise that there's going to be some sort of massively revelatory observation today, but I'm going to do my best.
I should note from the outset that Andreas Athanasiou is not playing thus far; I've heard that he has a finger injury, but he is present at the camp and taking part in the off-ice activities, and Mitch Callahan continues to skate under the watchful eye of team trainer John Bernal as he recovers from a torn ACL.
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