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Jonatan Berggren Likes The Small Ice

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Red Wings forward Jonatan Berggren, the 2018 second-round pick, seems to like the North American game.

"It's difficult, you have much less space and time," Berggren said Friday. "But I like it, too. You need to be 100 percent ready all the time when you have the puck. I like to make hard plays and give my teammates good spots to score.

"I like it when it's pretty tight and it's harder out there on the ice. I like when it's smaller ice."

More: Russian Kirill Tyutyayev scores twice in Red Wings' 5-4 win against Stars in Prospects tourney

Berggren, in his first taste of pro-caliber North American hockey, certainly looked offensively capable, assisting on two goals in the Wings' 5-4 victory over Dallas on Thursday night in Traverse City in the Prospects Tournament.

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A Day Of Practice

Good piece from George Malik of The Malik Report,

The Detroit Red Wings’ prospects took part in an “hour-plus” practice on Friday, and while they won’t be playing tonight (due in no small part to the big football “Patriot Game” between Traverse City West and Traverse City Central this evening), the Wings’ prospects needed to regroup somewhat after losing control of the game during last night’s 5-4 win over Dallas.

As such, Grand Rapids Griffins coaches Ben Simon, Matt MacDonald, Todd Krygier and Mike Knuble were joined by two goaltending coaches (Brian Mahoney-Wilson and the as-yet-unnamed “new guy”) and both Daniel Cleary and Shawn Horcoff on the ice…And as the team skated in David’s Rink at Centre ICE Arena, a certain Steve Yzerman watched practice intently (with Pat Verbeek by his side).

I would describe Friday’s practice as something of a “corrective lens” placed upon a slightly near-sighted Red Wings team.


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Do They Have A Shot?

Yzerman wants these players to force his hand to make a move or two.  If they have a great camp, do they make the Wings roster?

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Videos- After The Prospects Game

Hear from Lucas Raymond and below find Jared McIsaac, coach Ben Simon and a very short video of the Detroit's five goals.


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Recap Of The Detroit/Dallas Prospects Game

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Sort Of A Live Blog- Detroit Prospects Take On The Dallas Stars Prospects

The stream is scheduled to start at 6:40pm ET, with the game scheduled to start at 7pm.

Watch below.

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are the Red Wings’ line combinations and defense pairings:

Jonatan Berggren-Joe Veleno-Lucas Raymond

Kirill Tyutyayev-Chase Pearson-Cross Hanas

Pasquale Zito-Hayden Verbeek-Cameron Butler

Luke Toporowski-Cooper Walker-T-Bone Codd

Donovan Sebrango-Wyatt Newpower

Jared McIsaac-Alex Cotton

Adam Brubacher-Oscar Plandowski

Victor Brattstrom (starting)

Sebastian Cossa

Scratches: F Patrick Curry, D Mason Ward, G Jared Bednar

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The #1 Centers In The Atlantic Division

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin is heading into his seventh NHL season. He has a 32-goal season on his resume, but that was three years ago. He is coming off his least productive season. Before he was lost to injury, he only managed 23 points in 44 games. His shooting percentage was a career-low 6.7%. Larkin is expected to be ready for training camp. He’s 25 now, and it’s fair to say the Red Wings expect more from him this season. Larkin is popular with the fan base, but some see him as a No. 2 trying to be a No. 1.

Where does Larkin rank in the Atlantic Division....

7. Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings were 30th in the NHL in scoring last season at 2.23 goals per game. One key to jump-starting the offense is improved play from Larkin. He looked out of sync last season. The Red Wings need him to register 65 or more points, and he has only done that once. Larkin needs a step-up season.

8. Josh Norris, Ottawa Senators
It’s too early to know what the Senators have in Norris. Norris boasted 17 goals and 35 points as a rookie, but where does he go from there? He is skilled, determined and only 22.

the top six ($$$)

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Video- Talking Wings With Nick Leddy

A seven minute interview with NHL Network last night.


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The Growth Of Prospect Tournaments

from Max Bultman and Sean Shapiro of The Athletic,

At the time, the Red Wings held their training camps at Joe Louis Arena, where they played their home games. But Holland — a former goaltender who had spent eight years in the American Hockey League — fondly remembered the bonding and team-building that had come with going away for a few days in those minor-league years: hanging out, playing golf and getting dinners with teammates.

So, when he took over as Detroit’s GM, he asked then-coach Scotty Bowman what he thought of moving camp outside the city. After a trip to Traverse City (located in the Northwest part of Michigan’s lower peninsula) to check out the rink, hotel and overall area, Holland was sold, and so it was that the Red Wings took their training camp up north.

But Holland still noticed one issue when it came to evaluating the prospects in the defending champions’ training camp.

“You’ve got young players coming to camp,” Holland said, “and you’re trying to evaluate them against (Steve) Yzerman and (Nicklas) Lidstrom and the Russian Five and (Brendan) Shanahan.”

“I remember watching these kids just getting left out to dry, they had no chance for any real evaluation,” Nill said. “This was where you get to the ‘there has to be a solution’ conversation about your problem.”

more ($$$), some other tournaments are mentioned too...

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Video- Shawn Horcoff With A Preview Of The Prospects Tournament

13 1/2 minuted to watch.


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