The Malik Report
Trying to pace oneself at a training camp is a complicated task, especially when you know that on Saturday, you're going to the rink at 8:30 AM and probably leaving the rink around 10 PM...Then going to the rink the next day at 8:30 AM and leaving at 3 PM.
With that in mind, I'm going to go through the rosters of the three teams that took part in day 1 of training camp and give you incredibly brief impressions of the players taking part (and nudge you toward my friend Jim Schoensee's pictures of the Lindsay-Howe scrimmage):
If there was one thing that I felt got "under-covered" while I was recovering from the prospect tournament, it's the fact that the Red Wings are going to actually break ground on their new arena on Thursday, September 25th, and this video from WDIV took note of said event:
Updated 5x at 9:26 PM: For me, training camp is where things get interactive again, and a little strangely so.
I watched sixty-something Red Wings players, prospects and try-outs engage in about fifteen different iterations of dump-and-retrieve drills, end-to-end skating drills, etc. that all focused on today's points of emphasis: "entries, o-zone, spots facing right up," or so the schedule stated. I can probably spend three or four hours writing up as detailed an assessment of the drills based upon my note-taking with antiquated technology called "a pen and a five-subject notebook" if you wish, and I can very happily give you a one or two-sentence write-up on every player I witnessed participate in drills (I did not see Brennan Evans or Andy Miele today; everyone else was healthy, save you-know-who-wears-#39).
Very understandably, there's been a ton of talk about Anthony Mantha's broken right leg--what sounds like a fracture just below his right knee, in fact, based upon Mantha and Ken Holland's comments over the past couple of days--and while I can tell those of you who want to see Mantha start the season in Detroit that the Red Wings can't send him down to Grand Rapids until he's healed (on paper, anyway), and that the Wings will probably prefer to monitor his progress in Detroit...
When push comes to shove, you don't have someone who's coming off a broken leg get back up to speed in late October or early November in the NHL:
Duff penned an article about Mantha's injury...
While I was headed down to the rink this morning, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff reports that there's great news for Jim Paek and the Korean Ice Hockey team:
From IIHF.com's Adam Steiss:
Audio from the first day of Red Wings training camp: Tatar, Helm, Babcock, Kronwall, Zetterberg, etc
The Red Wings' players engaged in a set of drills mostly involving puck retrieval and transition play at the first day of training camp, working with an emphatic Mike Babcock and new assistant coaches Tony Granato and Jim Hiller on all sorts of "soft dump and retrieval" drills with a heavy emphasis on proper positioning and folding players into drills using outlet passes (today's three focuses were, according to the schedule, "Entries, O-Zone, Spots Facing Right Up") as the three teams--Delvecchio, Lindsay and Howe--combined video, practice, and in two out of three teams' cases, a 40-minute scrimmage.
The biggest scare involved Tomas Jurco taking a shot from Kyle Quincey off the shin and having to walk it off, but he was OK. I'd say players were skating at maybe 80% of their potential and that the coaches were shaking off some rust as well, but that's why training camp is three days long.
"Team Howe" beat "Team Lindsay" 3-2 in a shootout, and MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the lines used by each "team":
The Red Wings' training camp begins this morning at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, with three teams skating from 9:30 AM till 1:45 in the afternoon (the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has the players' numbers available, too, as well as the roster for Saturday night's Celebrity and Alumni game). As Paul's been helming the blog, I need to catch you and myself up with what's going on in Red Wings news...In about two hours.
So I'm going to go against the grain and do Ye Olde Source-By-Source Summary of what's transpired over the past two days.
The Red Wings released their training camp schedule and roster on Wednesday, and Centre Ice Arena has posted a companion schedule for those of you who weren't aware of the last-minute tweaks in terms of practices before and after the Red vs. White game on Sunday, as well as some of the practice drills' topics:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nothing can be done to prevent broken bones, sprained ligaments, concussions and the like, but as the club prepares to take the ice for the start of training camp on Friday, general manager Ken Holland said the organization has discussed ways of reducing "soft tissue injuries," the most common being groin pulls.
"Certainly in the month of September and into early October you expect hip flexors, you expect tender groins," Holland said. "I'm talking more when you get past the middle of October and into November; last year we seemed to have too many people down with soft tissue (injuries).
"Again, we don't know. I don't have any answer for you. That's what we talked about. When you have people down with concussions or back surgery and things like that there's nothing you can do. That's the nature of the game, how hard the game is. So that (soft tissue injuries) is the one thing we've talked about. We're going to try to be a little bit more proactive and we'll see what happens."
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
When the Red Wings take the ice Friday for the first time in training camp, it's the first opportunity for players to make an impression in the five-day training camp — which then leads into an eight-game exhibition schedule. In other words, plenty of time for players show they belong in the NHL.
"When the music stops, there's not going to be enough chairs," Babcock said. "You have to make sure you have one of those chairs."
As with every training camp, Babcock wants to establish a tone and work ethic for the rest of the season.
"First thing is, you have to get back your work habits," Babcock said. "Second, you have to have a structure, an understanding of how to play. When you don't have to think anymore, you can go fast.
"Turn the light bulb back on and get everyone going. There's competition for spots."
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