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Hockey’s Future offers Red Wings ‘prospect awards’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf issued "2015-16 Detroit Red Wings prospect awards" today. Among them:

Prospect of the Year: Evgeny Svechnikov, W, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

Svechnikov, the most recent first round pick in Detroit’s prospect pool, has shot up the rankings quickly and with good reason. The 19th overall pick in 2015, Svechnikov followed up an impressive rookie season in the Q by not only matching his 32 goals, but slightly besting his 46 assists and 78 points (he had 47 and 79, respectively) despite playing in five fewer games.

Svechnikov already has smooth skating ability and power forward size to go with outstanding hands and scoring ability. His ceiling is substantial and he could be a fixture on one of Detroit’s top two lines for a long time to come.

Breakout Player for 2016-17: Vili Saarijärvi, D, Flint Firebirds (OHL)

The 2015-16 season was a bit of a whirlwind for the diminutive Finnish defenseman, but the writing is on the wall in regards to his abilities as an offensive defenseman. In 59 games with Flint, Saarijarvi posted a dozen goals and 43 points, showing that despite his size, he can be a dynamic player.

This comes in the face of some organizational issues between Detroit and Flint as well as the fact that he is just a couple years removed from being a forward full-time. It seems a sure bet that he will have a new home in 2016-17 where he will have a chance to take that year of experience in the OHL and use it to fuel his true breakout.

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‘The Pie?’ ‘The Pizza Pizza?’ Little Caesars Arena’s naming rights are a big deal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Do we call it the Pie? Or the Pizza Pizza?

The Red Wings unveiled their corporate sponsor's name for what will now be Little Caesars Arena (note: No possessive "Little Caesars' Arena" and no, it's not "Little Caesar's Arena," just as they are not the "Red Wing's").

It could have been worse, a lot worse, and if you are interested:

The Detroit News's Louis Aguilar explains the rationale behind essentially naming the rink after its builder...

The naming rights of the new venue is $120 million deal over 20 years. It essentially means one part of the Ilitch empire will pay another part of an Ilitch organization that is managing the new arena. The arena is owned by the city’s Downtown Development Authority, but the Iltch’s Olympia Entertainment will run the venue.

“This is more than just about money,” said Chris Ilitch, the son of Mike and Marian, who runs the day-to-day operation of the family’s business. “This is our hometown. This is our legacy business, the first business my parents started back in 1959.”

Chris Ilitch, who is president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., also pointed out the enormous advertising exposure it gives to Little Caesars.

“The company is at a point in its history that it’s literally exploding in growth around the world right now,” he said. “This platform, this brand, it will really help the company.”

The Red Wings revealed the logos involved...

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‘Three Things’: Wings grades, Blashill on his learning process and Helm’s reservations

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with quips from Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader at 4:13 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan issued his Red Wings grades for the 2015-16 season;

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose took note of Jeff Blashill's end-of-season remarks regarding his first season as the Wings' coach:

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Colton Orr Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

Colton Orr has announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following nine NHL seasons and a 13-year professional hockey playing career.

“I feel privileged to have played for a decade in the NHL and to have had the support of four great organizations in Boston, New York, Toronto and Calgary. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play with great teammates and against great players, many of whom have become great friends. It has been an amazing journey that would not have been anywhere near as fulfilling as it was without the love and support of fans, friends, agents, GMs, coaches and family,” said Colton Orr.


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What Team Has The Edge In The Washington/Pittsburgh Series?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Finding a way to exploit one edge, however minuscule, is usually the difference between winning and losing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Barry Trotz is well aware. His Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins are so familiar with each other that their tendencies have been broken down ad nauseam on video.

They are more than just division foes. Both teams have players who used to be behind enemy lines. Eric Fehr spent nine seasons in Washington;Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik combined for nearly 1,000 games in a Penguins uniform.

And Trotz has a secret weapon on the bench: assistant coach Todd Reirden commandeered Pittsburgh’s defence for four years.

“There are probably not a lot of secrets,” Trotz said Wednesday. “There are some real defining tendencies that if you can exploit, it can give you an advantage. It might only give you an advantage for one game until they correct whatever you might have exploited, but it's about getting four [wins]. If you can get one, somehow by identifying tendencies or areas that you can exploit, that gives you a one up and then you look to the next thing.”

But who has the edge to start?

Here is the series view from one Eastern Conference pro scout who has seen both Pittsburgh and Washington many times this season:


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Here’s Your Chance To Help Out Ken Holland

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Detroit Red Wings seek a Director of Statistical Analysis and Hockey Administration at its facility in Detroit, Michigan.

Duties: Responsible for advanced statistical analysis and analytics in the areas of salary trends, contract valuations, free agent market acquisitions, trades, NHL Entry Draft, and player performance. Requirements: Master’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics or Business with concentration in Finance or Economics. 3 years of documented experience as Statistician, Financial Analyst or Mathematician. 1 year of experience playing, coaching, managing or working in hockey operations for a junior, collegiate or professional ice hockey team. 

more at indeed....

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Playoff Predictions: Second Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today I am continuing with my playoff predictions.  My first round predictions did not wind up with impressive results.  I went four and four.  That is as good as would be expected from using a fair coin to make predictions.  I was correct in my picks of Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington and Dallas.  I incorrectly picked Florida, Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim.  I am a bit surprised that both of the recent multi-cup winning teams in Chicago and Los Angeles have been eliminated.

These second round predictions are a bit imperfect because one second round game was played before the first round ended.  Thus the prediction for the New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series comes down to picking whether Tampa can win four of the upcoming six games or if the Islanders can win three of them.  It gives the Islanders a handicap since they have already won game one.

Here are my predictions:

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Welcome To Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


Press release is below...

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All About The NHL Draft Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 28, 2016) – The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Studio at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced during live television coverage of the event (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS). Both the Draft Lottery Drawing and the broadcast will take place at the CBC.

All clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate.

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Welcome To Our Game Tony X.

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