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Noah Hanifin Has A Shot To Play In The NHL This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

In September, Noah Hanifin will try the hardest thing he’s done as a hockey player. The Norwood native will report to Traverse City, Mich., to play in the Red Wings’ annual eight-team rookie tournament. The 18-year-old will then graduate to Carolina’s main camp.

The two components will help determine whether Hanifin will make his NHL debut on Oct. 8. Most 18-year-olds are still asking their mothers to wash their dirty socks, not battling men with mortgages.

“If he’s ready to play, he’ll be in our lineup come October,” said Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis. “If he needs more time, we’ll do what we have to do to help in that regard, as well. We want what’s right for Noah.”

Hanifin, who left three years at Boston College on the table by turning pro, will have to fight for his first NHL paycheck. He’ll be competing for ice time against older teammates such as Ron Hainsey. In 2002, when Hainsey made his NHL debut, Hanifin was five years old.

But if anything ensures Raleigh as Hanifin’s landing spot instead of Charlotte, the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, it is the way he moves.

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Mid-day news: WJC camps begin; surveying the Wings’ OHL prospects; TMR taking a short vacation

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:

1. The World Junior camps are underway in Lake Placid (Dominic Turgeon and Dylan Larkin represent Team USA; Juilus Vahatalo represents Finland; and both Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom represent Sweden) and Calgary (Joe Hicketts is playing for Team Canada; Evgeny Svechnikov is playing for Russia), and ESPN's Corey Pronman is covering the U.S. camp:

FASTHockey.com is going to air the U.S. camp games online; TSN will air Canada's tilts.

2. Also in the prospect department, OHL Prospects Blog's Brock Otten examined the Red Wings' Ontario Hockey League graduates:

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Questions About The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,

There are a number of factors that will determine the Oilers' fortunes. Here are the three biggest questions for Edmonton heading into the season:

Will Connor McDavid live up to expectations? Not since Sidney Crosby has a player garnered as much attention entering the NHL. McDavid is considered a generational talent, and the focus heading into his rookie season will be on his offensive production. Crosby had 39 goals and 102 points as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which might be lofty goals for McDavid.

"My expectations on myself exceed any of those put on me," McDavid said at the draft. "It's something I can't really worry about. Just have to worry about making sure I'm playing my game and doing all that. If I'm meeting my expectations, chances are I'll meet yours as well."

McDavid will have a strong supporting cast, including No. 1 picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, which should take some pressure off him.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Alexey Marchenko chats with Sport-Express

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Alexey Marchenko had a conversation with Sport-Express's Igor Eronko recently, and here's a very rough translation thereof (as there's some colloquialism fun going on here):

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Marcus Johansson awarded 1-year, $3.75 million contract

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Washington Capitals:

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Seven Wings named to the Hockey News’s Top 200 fantasy hockey player(s) list

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As far as I'm concerned, it's just a bit too early for fantasy hockey talk, but the Hockey News's Matt Larkin spent a good bit of time compiling the Hockey News's top 200 fantasy hockey player list, and seven Red Wings players made the cut:

43. Pavel Datsyuk, C: Quietly topped a point per game for second time in past three years. May miss first month, though. Watch the injury reports.

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48. Henrik Zetterberg, C: Doesn’t score goals like he used to but still piles up points in Detroit.

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61. Tomas Tatar, LW: A year ago, Gus Nyquist was Wings’ top young talent. Now it’s Tatar, who always had the better pedigree.

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On A First Name Basis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Illustrated,

This inspired us to look at the most common and distinctive monikers in the NHL by generation, starting with team rosters as of the summer of 2015 and working our way back in 30-year intervals to the old tyme hockey days of 1925. The results were indeed revealing.

Although some names such as Mike, Dave, Bill and Bob have remained common, there have been distinct trends through the years. For example, you don't see many Gords, Dicks, Cecils or Wilfreds these days, but there are more Ryans, Jakes, Tylers and Brandons. And based on this year’s most popular names for babies, we’ll likely see more Liams, Noahs, Masons, Ethans and Logans skating around NHL rinks in coming years. Meanwhile the league’ ubiquitous nicknames of yore have given way to initials (P.K., T.J. etc.).

NOTE: For the sake of our tabulations, variations of a name (e.g. Mark/Marc/Marcus, Jon/John/Johnny, Nick/Nicholas/Nicklas) were lumped together. We’ve also included a nod to European, Scandavian and Russian players for they too provide a glimpse into the NHL's ever-changing demographics.

2015

TOP FIVE: Mike (26), John (25), Mark (22), Matt (21), Ryan (20)

PLUS/MINUS: John (+12), Matt (+21) and Ryan (+19) replaced Dave, Bob and Rich/Rick in the top five from 1984-85 when three Mats (Naslund, Hallin, Thelin) but no Matts or Matthews, and one Ryan (Walter), played in the NHL. In the iconic first names department, there is now one Wayne (Simmonds) and one Sid (Crosby) on NHL rosters but no Mario or Gordie. 

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Jack Campbell On His Workout Routine In Port Huron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Costanzo of the Times Herald,

Jack Campbell is entering a “prove-it” year with the Dallas Stars organization. So to prepare, he came home.

“I love being back home in Port Huron, it just helps my mind so much,” Campbell said. “It’s so relaxing. I’m never in a rush. I’m just kind of hanging out and enjoying the beautiful scenery, so it’s good.”

The 23-year-old goaltender said he’s spent more time in Port Huron this summer than he has since 2010, the summer before his first Ontario Hockey League season in Windsor. It’s not just about relaxing, either. He’s teamed back up with strength and conditioning coach Mike Pearson to prepare for the Stars training camp, which begins on Sept. 19.

“Every time I come out here, I’m getting stronger, faster, more flexible,” Campbell said. “I’ve been really working on my body this summer. More importantly, I come out and work with coach because it really helps my mind. I’ve never felt more at ease and confident at the same time. It’s been a great summer.”

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South Korea’s Hockey Team In A Tough Group In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Korea Times,

When it makes its Winter Olympic debut in men’s hockey in 2018 on home ice, South Korea will have to take on powerhouses Canada and the Czech Republic in the group stage.

Most hockey observers won’t give South Korea even a puncher’s chance, but count Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), as among the more optimistic ones.

“I have a good feeling,” Fasel told Yonhap News Agency on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, where he will attend the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session as a member of its Executive Board. The IOC on Friday will vote on the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics between Beijing and Almaty.

“In sports, you never know. I think they will be competitive,” Fasel added. “We will help Korea the best we can (so) that they can have a competitive team.”

South Korea was awarded a spot in the men’s tournament as the host nation, with the eastern alpine town of PyeongChang set to stage the country’s first Winter Games. The IIHF seeds countries based on the final 2015 rankings, and the 23rd-ranked South Korea ended up with No. 1-ranked Canada, No. 6 Czech Republic and No. 7 Switzerland in Group A....

The IIHF is “still working” to make sure the world’s top professionals will be in PyeongChang, Fasel said.

“The Olympics are the best stage for promoting our sport,” he added. “I really expect and hope the NHL will be there.”

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Wallner: Blashill visits the Griffins’ youth hockey camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill stopped by the Grand Rapids Griffins' youth hockey camp today, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Blashill was in town to watch his 9-year-old son take part in the event:

He got to watch his oldest son, 9-year-old Teddy, take part in the camp, and then signed autographs for 30 minutes for the 75 campers in attendance.

"I haven't had as much a chance to watch him because we're in the process of moving right now," Blashill said of one of his three children. "But it's a cool thing to be able to see him. I think he likes daddy on this side of the glass and not on the ice with him, so it works out good."

Blashill said his family has sold their home in East Grand Rapids and purchased a home in Plymouth. They will complete the move in the next couple of weeks.

"I feel blessed to be a part of the organization for three years and to get an opportunity before we leave town here and touch base with some of the young kids here," he said. "I think there's a great connection with the Red Wings and Griffins, and I think as you go through the state of Michigan there are Red Wings fans everywhere. I just don't think this is censured to just one region of the state. So it's' good to be able to touch base."

Wallner also posted a short video of Blashill and a photo gallery as well.

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