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Video- The NHL Plan For International Growth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CNN,

The NHL has ambitious plans to expand & grow in international markets, beginning with China. Don Riddell speaks to Gary Bettman and others to find out more.

Watch below.

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Ranking Detroit’s U23 Core

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

...extra value is given to players who have established themselves in the league and especially if they have proven themselves to be good players.

The pool of players considered are solely the top 10 players who are 23 and under as of Sept. 15, 2018. It’s an arbitrary cutoff, but I’m trying to get to the team’s core young talent and farm system. I don’t think most team’s depth players would change a lot, though, outside of systems which get a lot of value from having a ton of bubble prospects.

12. Detroit Red Wings

U23 Core: Dylan Larkin, Filip Zadina, Anthony Mantha, Joe Veleno, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek, Jonatan Berggren, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dennis Cholowski, Evgeni Svechnikov

The Red Wings’ first rebuild in a long time is underway. They’re going in the right direction and have added a lot this past summer to go with a top young center in Larkin, but they still have a ways to go before they rank among the top teams in the league. Many of their top young talents are still prospects but, for guys like Zadina and Rasmussen, we might see soon how they perform in the NHL.

30 more (paid) NHL teams...

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Logistic Issues For The Boston Bruins In China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

BEIJING — The preseason is about settling into a rhythm in preparation for a fast-approaching opening night, but that has been a losing proposition for the split-squad Bruins. And we’re not just talking about the jet lag.

Monday the Bruins were scheduled to be at AZ Ice Sports Club at 11 a.m. Their practice gear was neatly laid out in their locker room. However, there were no jerseys or sticks, no skate sharpener, and no medical equipment — items necessary to begin their workday.

Because of bureaucratic and logistical issues, trucks carrying heavy equipment did not arrive until 3:15, a delay of more than five hours. Coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t blow the whistle until after 4 p.m., when the bulky stuff had made a road trip of more than 1,300 miles — from Shenzhen to Beijing, through border checks at four provinces — that took from Saturday night, all of Sunday, and most of Monday to complete.

The Bruins couldn’t just borrow someone else’s stuff. The NHL expected a few bumps on this journey, but this has been constant turbulence.


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Team Chemistry Important For The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Whatever system the Ducks play — and they’re making a major philosophical shift from heavy hockey to a high-tempo game with quick puck movement — it will work only if players embrace it wholeheartedly as a group. If anything good can come from the ruins of their first-round playoff flameout against the San Jose Sharks last season, it’s that they recognized the need for change and the value of unity, and that one without the other won’t get them anywhere.

“We fell flat and it was a combination of things,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said of the team’s swift exit after a strong finish to the regular season. “I don’t want to dive into it too much. We want to start this year fresh. We want to get going. To dwell on it means that you’re thinking about it still and I don’t want to do that. But you learn from it; you learn from those mistakes and move on.”

What Getzlaf learned goes beyond Xs and O’s and buzzwords. “The chemistry is the most important thing, and you can build throughout a season,” he said.


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Traverse City Is A Great Place For Camp

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Joe Louis Arena was a wonderful home for the Detroit Red Wings, but as the site for training camp in the early to mid-1990s, it just wasn’t cutting it.

Then Centre ICE Arena opened in Traverse City in 1997, and the Red Wings have been mixing business with a lot of pleasure ever since in this scenic northern Michigan resort town, a four-hour drive from Detroit.

“When I became manager in ’97, I said to (coach) Scotty Bowman when I played I enjoyed when training camp was in a different city and players got an opportunity to bond, whether over dinners, beers or golf,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Part of a team is relationship building.

“I heard rumblings about Traverse City. I flew into Traverse City, met with Pete Correia, saw the facilities, the wonderful downtown, the beautiful community full of Red Wings fans in northern Michigan. They roll out the red carpet.”


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It’s never too early to look at lines.

Blog: KK Members Blog By ilovehomers

We can pretty well guarantee that Ken Holland won't make a trade unless it's at the deadline. At least he gives us that. But with Zetterberg done FOR-EV-ER, and based on a few things written here and there by the (probably) team - controlled media, but mostly the lines we've seen so far, we can make out how the roster shapes up.

Who cares about the average at best goalies and let's face it, Hicketts is going to be the 7th d-man and we'll run the same crap defense we did all last year.

Let's look at the forwards, which actually hold some promise this year! Bertuzzi – Larkin –Mantha Nyquist – Nielsen – Helm Abdelkader –AA –Vanek XXX - Glendenning - XXX Frk and Witkowski extras Frk is injured and Witkowski has the goon repellant/rover ability. But Kenny hasn't been afraid to say goodbye to Frk before.

I believe Khan wrote that Abby was meant to be on the third line with Vanek and AA. What a defensive hell hole, when last year it was the "shut down" line. Helm just scored 2 goals in the scrimmage. He's cemented there until he slips and falls on a freshly mopped floor, breaking his tailbone.

So this leaves 2 open spots for Svechnikov, Rasmussen, and Zadina. Who gets those spots? Cage match anyone? Your crazy (or not so crazy) predictions below.

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Video- Niklas Kronwall On Detroit’s Swedish Connection

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

107 seconds to watch.


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The Team Comes First

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As we have heard from inside the dressing room of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s a complicated balance between being a teammate and a union brother.

Le’Veon Bell’s ongoing holdout has not been unilaterally supported by fellow NFLPA members inside that Steelers room. In fact, they’re more worried about the effect Bell’s holdout has on the Steelers’ success, than whether it provides any rising salary tide for running backs across the National Football League.

In hockey, more often, it works the other way. The rare player who does hold out tends to self-reflect over the effect his absence has on his team.

It’s just the way hockey players are raised. “Hockey is a team-first game,” Darnell Nurse said on Monday, after signing a two-year, $6.4 million deal that will have him back at Oilers training camp on Tuesday morning.


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Guy Boucher’s Thoughts On The Ottawa Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“As much as we’ve heard we’re going to have a lot of new players and young kids, some are clear because they’re trades and the guys are here, but you’re not going to have a young guy just because you want to have a young guy in the lineup. The kid has got to be ready,” Boucher said.

“It doesn’t mean he’s going to be perfect NHLer. You’re not looking for that, you’re looking to see the increments in his learning, growth and confidence. When you see that you can make a projection that in ‘X’ amount of time it will be good for him and good for the team. That’s why you need some time.

“They’re just kids — but some of these kids they just have it right away and they’re pros in their minds already. They get here first, leave last, in the gym and you never have to tell them when things are at. Those things don’t lie.”

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has more.

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Ranking The Prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Rasmus Dahlin, Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid went No. 1 wire-to-wire in their draft years, and there’s no doubt who is the top prize in what 10 out of 10 scouts surveyed call the ‘Jack Hughes Draft.’

What's interesting about Hughes is he comes in as a different sized package than a lot of the other No. 1 prospects. Dahlin, McDavid and Matthews are big guys who are well over six feet. At 5-foot-10, 168-pounds, Hughes is a lot closer to Patrick Kane dimensions in terms of physical stature for a No. 1 overall pick. Think Kane, Mitch Marner and Clayton Keller - some of the smaller, more dynamic players in the National Hockey League.

Hughes has an unbelievable ‘wow’ factor – he can really skate, makes everyone on the ice better and a playmaker who has the ability to score goals and is absolutely dynamic and tenacious on the puck. Hughes has tremendous potential and the ability to be a game-changer - in-game and for the franchise that gets him.

more, includes the Top 20 list...

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