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Here’s the Red Wings’ expansion draft protected list: Howard is on it

Here's the Red Wings' expansion draft protected list:


Justin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou

Anthony Mantha

Frans Nielsen

Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg


Danny DeKeyser

Mike Green

Nick Jensen


Jimmy Howard

Helene St. James confirms:

As does Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:

More from St. James:

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Ryan Martin speaks with NHL.com regarding the Wings’ draft philosophy

NHL.com's Adam Kimelman spoke with Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin regarding the Wings' philosophy heading into a draft in which Detroit has 11 picks:

The Detroit Red Wings missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 27 years, and they have the ninth pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, the first time they have a top-10 pick since they selected Martin Lapointe No. 10 in 1991.

But the Red Wings have no intention of straying from their development model when it comes to their approach to the draft.

"Unless you're picking a superstar that can transition right to the NHL that can help teams can win games … you're not going to be able to rush things," assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "Just because you didn't have a very good year doesn't mean you can accelerate the development. That's important. I don't know that we're going to stray from our development philosophy. Are we optimistic that perhaps we'll have the opportunity to pick a higher-caliber player than normal because we're picking at nine? Sure, but that doesn't necessarily mean that'll happen."

The Red Wings interviewed 75 players at the NHL Scouting Combine, far more than usual. That's because they have the ninth pick in the first round and 11 in all, tied with the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers for the most in the League, but also because of the depth of talent available in this year's draft.

"For the most part, when you're picking in the latter half of the first round you can rule out a big chunk of players," Martin said. "… But picking at nine everyone's in the mix.

Kimelman continues, and as Paul noted, NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale examined the Atlantic Division teams' "draft needs" as well.

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On Martin Frk’s ‘hockey hero’ moment

From Local Xpress.ca's Andrew Rankin:

Few expected this of Martin Frk. Who could have predicted a few years ago that the former Halifax Mooseheads sniper would be the likeliest of candidates to rise to the occasion on Tuesday night with the American Hockey League championship title on the line?

Of course, in retrospect, it made perfect sense that the same guy who led the Grand Rapids Griffins in regular season scoring would be the one to emerge as the hero on Tuesday evening.

It was signature Frk, unleashing a cannon of a shot a few feet inside the blueline that broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period. The hometown capacity crowd erupted. The Griffins would hold on, outlasting the Syracuse Crunch to win the Calder Cup in six games.

Frk was beside himself, as he recalled in a telephone conversation Thursday afternoon.

“I was the hero,” he said with a laugh. “I was lucky it was me. I was just saying to myself, just keep it in. The goal was big, you know. The fans were going crazy and the guys on the bench were going crazy. I was in heaven.”

Rankin continues, discussing Frk's maturation as a player and person with the Griffins nad Toledo Walleye...

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Detroit’s Draft Needs

Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com looks at the Wings...


Top priority: Offensive defenseman

The situation: The Red Wings have 11 picks in the draft, including six in the first three rounds, so they will look to load up at the skill positions. They had their streak of 25 straight seasons qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs end this season and will have a top-10 choice in the first round for the first time since 1991, when they picked forward Martin Lapointe at No. 10. The Red Wings, who pick No. 9 in the first round, likely will target puck-movers on defense. The Red Wings selected four defensemen among its first five selections in 2016, including Dennis Cholowski in the first round (No. 20). Cholowski had 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 36 games for St. Cloud State University as a freshman this season. Their top forward prospect is Evgeny Svechnikov (2015, No. 19) and their top goalie prospect is Jared Coreau (2013, free agent).

Possible fits: Timothy Liljegren, D, Rogle (SWE); Juuso Valimaki, D, Tri-City (WHL); Erik Brannstrom, D, HV 71 (SWE)

the other teams in the Atlantic Division...

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St. James on the Griffins’ likely graduates

The Free Press's Helene St. James wonders which members of the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoff run will contribute most directly to the Red Wings' roster, and she comes up with a bit of a cup of cold water.

The Griffins' playoff roster was more about winning than it was about player development, and as such, some of the Red Wings' best prospects served either supporting roles or were "Black Aces" while players like Eric Tangradi, Ben Street, Mitch Callahan, Brian Lashoff and Nathan Paetsch did the heaviest lifting.

There were several exceptions to the veteran rule, however, in players like Evgeny Svechnikov, Tyler Bertuzzi, Martin Frk, Tomas Nosek, Joe Hicketts, Robbie Russo and Jared Coreau, and St. James makes her picks as to who she believes will make a difference on the Wings' roster in the shortest order:

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Elliotte Friedman On Xavier Ouellet

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Among DET's unprotected is Xavier Ouellet. GM Ken Holland said on HockeyCentral this week he was making no side deals

I'm curious to see if LV will take a look at a 24-year-old D. Seems like a worthwhile gamble for them.

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Craig Button discusses the draft with DetroitRedWings.com’s Regner

DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner spoke with TSN scouting director Craig Button regarding the options available to the Red Wings as the team prepares to pick 9th overall in the first round of the NHL Draft:

Detroit is at a crossroads, according to Button. With the playoff streak ending and with most of their glory days players long retired or nearing the end of their careers, Button feels the Wings are developing a long-term strategy to ensure the organization's future and it begins with the Entry Draft.

"What they're hoping to do is to potentially get a player like Dylan Larkin, who went 15th (in the 2014 draft), and then becomes a player after one year at Michigan, he had a terrific debut in the National Hockey League," Button said. "They're going to have to plan for two years with a player like this (from this year's draft) because you have players at different levels of physical maturity.

"One of the interesting things about this year's draft is there are a couple of late birthdays, those are the players born after September 15th of '98, so they're '98 birth year, but they weren't eligible for last year's draft.

"So maybe in that group of players, whether it's a Casey Mittelstadt or an Elias Petterson or Cale Makar that are in the top end of the draft, maybe their maturation process will be a little bit quicker just because they ostensibly are in a year's previous birth year."

Regner and Button continue at length, and Button has the Wings picking Elias Pettersson out of Timra IK in Sweden, and that's the player I expect the Wings to pick on Friday.

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Wings Not Expected To Be Active Today

As expected.



I put up a post for Saturday and Sunday timeline throughout the league if interested.

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Just in case, Mitch Callahan ‘says goodbye’ to Griffins fans

From WOOD TV8, Mitch Callahan, "Said Goodbye" to Grand Rapids Griffins fans at the team's Calder Cup championship parade and rally. Callahan says his future with the Red Wings' organization isn't in his hands, but is instead up to the Wings' management:

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Grand Rapids Griffins hold Calder Cup championship parade

Per Fox 17 and WOOD TV8 in Grand Rapids, the Griffins held a championship parade through the city and at the Rosa Parks Circle this afternoon:


The Griffins posted an 85-image Facebook gallery from the parade and rally, and there are a lot of freshly-shaved faces, as well as Daniel Cleary and Jared Coreau on electric scooters.

Amongst the Tweets of note:

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