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Wrap Up Of Detroit’s Prospects Game Last Night

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings ended their three-game run in the NHL Prospects Tournament Sunday in Traverse City with a 7-3 loss to Columbus.

Chase Pearson, Pasquale Zito and Mason Ward scored for the Wings, who finished 1-2 in the 2021 tournament.

The Wings didn't dress forwards Lucas Raymond (team-leading three goals) and Jonatan Berggren for precautionary reasons after both suffered injuries in Saturday's loss to St. Louis.

Ben Simon, the Grand Rapids Griffins' coach, wasn't sure if Raymond and Bergrren would be ready for Wings' training camp that begins Wednesday.

"We erred on the safe side," said Simon, who coached the Wings' prospect team in the tournament.

With a depleted lineup and minimal practice time, it was difficult at times to gauge the development of the Wings in this tournament.


The Malik Report has a complete wrap up, including post-game interviews.

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Max Bultman of The Athletic with some observations…

He didn’t play in the Sunday finale for precautionary reasons, but Lucas Raymond may have been Detroit’s best player in Saturday’s game against St. Louis. That may seem obvious because he scored both goals — and they were strong goals — but overall he looked much more comfortable in that game. Raymond told me Sunday morning he was feeling exactly that way Saturday, compared to Thursday.

His shot was highly effective against St. Louis, first scoring off a turnover down low and then later from distance on the power play. Play seemed to run through Raymond when Detroit had the man advantage.

Veleno was one of Detroit’s top players through the weekend. That said, he didn’t necessarily dominate quite to the extent one might have expected as a third-time player with NHL experience, especially on the scoresheet. Part of that was decidedly beyond his control — one of his linemates (Berggren) was injured in the first period of the second game, and the other (Raymond) was scratched from the third, leaving him with a revolving cast of linemates the rest of the way. And production certainly is not everything. But still, seeing Veleno have just two points in three games (once the aforementioned assist gets properly credited to Tyutyayev) after totaling 15 in eight games in his previous two tournaments (which occurred two and three years ago) wasn’t the ideal way to begin a roster push.

Still, if he can show he can thrive at the highest level this preseason, he still has plenty of runway to make his case.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/20/21 at 09:06 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I hope McIsaac doesn’t suffer long term concussion effects.  This being just a prospects camp I’m wondering if there will be any adverse action against the player who hit him, or even if there are any provisions for it in this kind of competition.  I’m guessing not.

Posted by RWBill on 09/20/21 at 12:38 PM ET

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