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Coming Soon, “Democratize Volumetric Technology”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Using the footage and its machine-learning technology, Tetavi built out the models of the players and the mascot at their studios. The final product was shown during the Kings' playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers.

"It was a pleasure working with the players and Bailey to bring this in-game activation to life, and we have ambitious plans to supercharge engagement for Kings fans around the world," Tetavi CEO Gilad Talmon said. "This is a major step in our mission to democratize volumetric technology."

The videos were shown on the arena's video screens rather than in a VR headset. They were just a taste of what volumetric capture can produce. But it wasn't hard to imagine a fan immersing themselves in the Metaverse as 3D Kings players whirl around them or as an expanding army of Baileys pound their drums around them.


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‘Detroit’s’ Swedes Ready For The WJC

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The tournament will serve as a warmup for Simon Edvinsson prior to training camp, where the sixth overall pick in 2021 will compete for a spot on the Red Wings’ blue line.

Defenseman William Wallinder and forward Theodor Niederbach, second-round selections in 2020 (32nd and 51st), will return to Sweden for another season of development with Rogle BK....

“When I was a little kid, I always wanted to play in the World Junior Championship,” Edvinsson, 19, said. “I just played two games. That hunger goes a little bit more. I think that’s a good run-up to be prepared for training camp.”

The Red Wings will give Edvinsson, a big, mobile left-shooting defenseman (6-6, 205), a prime opportunity to make the team in camp and the preseason after he flourished at Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. ...

Wallinder, 20, wasn’t selected by Sweden in December, but a strong second half during his first season with Rogle apparently helped his cause.

“I got my game going, my defensive game started to work out,” Wallinder said at Red Wings development camp last month. “This season felt like everything was coming into place and all my defensive issues from the past and everything is good now.”

Wallinder (6-4, 190) was a huge fan of former Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who works with the team’s prospects, particularly the defensemen, as an assistant director of player development.

“I liked his hits,” Wallinder said. “It’s great to work with him. He’s got a lot of experience. Just to learn from him and listen to what he says. … Everything in my game, all the small details.”


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Late Evening Contract News On Jonathan Huberdeau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 11;13pm, Calgary release is below.

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Video- Talking With David Perron

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Watch the video below, I had to move it there since NHL.com keeps asking to accept cookies before watching the video.

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Connor Bedard Or Matvei Michkov

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

“Connor has all the skill, but what impresses me is his intensity like Stevie Y’s, a killer’s instinct,” Button told reporter Gare Joyce for his story in the New York Times.

Bedard is the first 17-year-old in 35 years to reach 100 points in the Western Hockey League. He’s dynamic and ultra-competitive.

“Bedard is fast and elusive,” said Sportsology’s Russ Cohen who does draft analysis for Sirius Radio. “He has more energy per shift than most hockey players I’ve seen. He has a strong wrist shot and his dekes are pro-level already. His quickness, edgework, and elusiveness make him a generational talent.”

Red Line Report Chief Scout an Publisher Kyle Woodlief believes Kontinental Hockey League forward Matvei Michkov of St. Petersburg could challenge Bedard. He broke Nikita Kucherov’s scoring record as a U17 player.

“Bedard and Michkov are the clear top two, and both would be No. 1 overall material in almost any draft year,” Woodlief said.

Woodlief says Bedard-Michkov is the best NHL duo since Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were dueling before the 2015 draft.

“There’s not much separating Bedard and Michkov; both are quite small, but phenomenally skilled.” Woodlief said. “(They are) so skilled that each could become a 50-goal scorer, not 35 or 40 goal scorers, in the NHL. ”

According to Cohen, the only negative for Michkov is that he’s tied contractually to the KHL until 2026.


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A Competitive Camp For The Detroit Forwards

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

I am nt mentioning the forwards who are expected to be a sure-lock to make the team.

- Pontus Andreasson: A Swedish undrafted free agent, Andreasson, 23, scored a career-high18 goals in the Swedish Hockey League last season and has made steady improvement in his career. Andreasson (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) will get a chance in the exhibition season, but appears destined to start in Grand Rapids.

- Jonatan Berggren: Berggren, 22, certainly showed in Grand Rapids (21 goals, 43 assists) he's close to being NHL ready. But with Yzerman's free-agent additions, and the deep forward corps, it's difficult to envision Berggren being on the opening night roster unless there's injuries.

- Adam Erne: Coming off a disappointing season, it appears Erne will be battling for playing time heading into opening night. Erne, 27, can be an unrestricted free agent next summer and his future in this organization is far from certain.

- Givani Smith: Smith, 24, is in the final year of his contract and his future in the organization is cloudy. It's difficult to envision Smith being more than a healthy scratch, at this point, given the crowded lineup. Smith hasn't been able to carve a regular role in the lineup.

- Elmer Soderblom: The 6-foot-6 Soderblom, 21, is likely going to need seasoning in Grand Rapids, but he'll be a player to keep an eye on in training camp. Soderblom scored 27 goals between two teams last season in Sweden, and his improvement since being drafted has been eye-opening.

- Joe Veleno: The former first-round pick isn't assured of a roster spot, and will have to impress in training camp to hold off the likes of Erne and Smith, among others, in the lineup. Veleno, 22, has shown flashes of being an NHL contributor, but there's going to be a lot of competition within the organization in the near future.

- Filip Zadina: This is an important season for Zadina, 22, who has yet to become the offensive force projected to be when drafted in 2018. Can playing for a new head coach and understanding the organization's patience with him is dwindling suddenly spark a Zadina turnaround? The Wings are hopeful.

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Wings Top A Summer List

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic,

Here’s how much each team has changed this offseason, from most value added to most value subtracted.

Detroit Red Wings, Wins Added: 6.0 wins, Salary Added: $24.2 million

Up front, David Perron and Andrew Copp are legitimate top-six talents that should immediately provide some depth scoring beyond the top line. Detroit has long depended on Dylan Larkin and his linemates to do it all. Now it doesn’t have to. Perron and Copp aren’t stars, but they move the needle and provide strong support. Add Dominik Kubalik to the mix and the top nine looks the scariest it has in a long time.

On defense, the changes aren’t as exciting but there’s hope. Mark Pysyk is an analytics darling that should do just fine on the team’s third pair, while Olli Maatta bounced back well last season. He has top-four potential if he can keep that up. Considering the money they’re giving him, the Red Wings are likely hoping Ben Chiarot is the big top-four piece needed to take this team to a higher level. The model is incredibly skeptical of that, but it’s nice knowing the team added six wins anyway despite Chiarot’s projected value dragging it down. If he can be as good as some suggest he is, that’s another win or so in Detroit’s ledger.

The team’s biggest add though comes in net with Ville Husso. Detroit took a calculated risk last offseason with Alex Nedeljkovic and it’s doing something similar with Husso. It’s another young goalie who got hot and showed starter potential. The duo has tremendous upside, but the small sample risk remains real for both. As long as one of them hits it’s a good bet though, giving Detroit some stability in net for the first time since the last time Jimmy Howard was good. Incidentally, that was the last time the team was any good. It’s been a long time coming, but the Red Wings are back on the rise.

more (paid) plus other teams...

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Simon Edvinsson Has A Shot To Make The Big Club

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

As the hockey world has veered into August, there's no question the Red Wings' blue line has undergone a distinct facelift.

It's a crowded back end right now with 10 defensemen with NHL experience — and one potential rookie who could be quite impactful....

Can Simon Edvinsson make a similar impact?

Edvinsson, like Seider, is a first-round draft pick who dominated in the Swedish Hockey League — as Seider did before breaking into the NHL — and will arrive in September with a chance to make the NHL.

"Meeting him in person for the first time since we drafted him he's thicker in a good way," Yzerman said after seeing Edvinsson during last month's development camp. "He's very strong, his skating is excellent. We'll give him an opportunity.

"If he's ready to play and play a regular role, that would be great for us. We'll let the whole thing play itself out."

It appears the Wings will give Edvinsson every chance to make the opening night roster — yet it wouldn't be shocking if Edvinsson gets a bit of pro seasoning in Grand Rapids, which Seider had during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season.

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Afternoon Line- Max Pacioretty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I mentioned that at the end of the year that no one is really holding us accountable,” Pacioretty explained. “If we have a bad year like this, the city would be half on fire in Montreal. Here in Vegas, it’s 80 degrees, and it’s sunny. We’re getting our car washed and getting our organic food, and going to play golf.

“I was kind of like, ‘we’ve got to police this thing a little better amongst each other.’ I don’t want to say it was a country club, but you have no one from the outside holding you accountable.”...

"A lot of these guys haven’t played somewhere else so they don’t know really what it’s like," Pacioretty said. "I’ve felt myself personally it always gets the best out of you when my coach or someone else are demanding and hold you accountable and I found myself almost missing that a tiny bit when things went wrong this year."

Thomas Hall of Yahoo has more from Pacioretty...

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Video- Talking With The GM

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

27 minutes to watch.


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