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Before Training Camp Starts

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Here are 10 story lines to follow as another Wings hockey season begins:

1. The health of Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi

These are two critical players for the Wings' success, and both finished last season with significant injuries — Larkin to the neck, and Bertuzzi had back surgery. Both have been rehabilitating steadily and working out over the summer, and the expectations have been that both will be ready to be on the ice for the start of camp.

If, for some reason, one or both aren't quite ready and maybe won't be to begin the regular season, that would deal the Wings a severe blow.

2. How will Moritz Seider look?

Coming off a tremendous season in Sweden, and now with two years of pro hockey under his belt at age 20, Seider is projected to be in the starting lineup on opening night. It would be a shocker if he weren't, with injury likely the only reason Seider to be left out. Most projections have Seider being one of the impactful rookies in the NHL this season; these next few weeks might give an indication just how impactful.

3. Are Lucas Raymond and Jonatan Berggren NHL ready?

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The health of those two is a big concern and with the types of injuries those were they could have career-limiting implications.  Maybe inking Bobby Ryan on a tryout was not a bad idea.  Hope for the best for their health.

Posted by RWBill on 09/21/21 at 05:03 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now ranks Jeff Blashill the 6th best coach in the Atlantic followed by…

Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings
My read on Blashill is that Yzerman thinks he has done a credible job with a rebuilding team. Not an exceptional job, not a poor job. A decent job.  But it feels like Yzerman expects to see more growth from this team under Blashill this season.

Don Granato, Buffalo Sabres
It was tempting to move him up because he had the Buffalo Sabres playing sharper once he took over as an interim coach. He’s a pro’s pro as a coach, works hard at this craft. The brother of Cammi and Tony Granato, Don connects with players. He has worked hard to get in this position.

D.J. Smith, Ottawa Senators
Much like with Blashill, it’s difficult to get a fair read on his abilities because the Senators aren’t yet far enough along in their rebuilding effort. The only fair way to judge Smith is to assess how he is handling the youngsters. This will be an important season for Smith in that regard.

the top 5 (paid)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/21/21 at 06:17 PM ET

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Maybe inking Bobby Ryan on a tryout was not a bad idea

I did see that about Ryan. I figured and was hoping he would get a PTO. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 09/21/21 at 07:33 PM ET


One benefit of having Ryan around is that he can play anywhere in the lineup, something that certainly can’t be said for many of the Wings younger players or those currently slotted to play on 3rd and 4th lines.

These sort of players can be very valuable if injuries happen, specifically to those in the top 6. Asking a player to fill it at a position well above his experience or abilities is generally a recipe for disaster.

I’m not sure how Ryan would feel about it but having him as a 13/14 forward wouldn’t be such a bad thing. He wouldn’t be blocking youth as they’d be playing in AHL instead of limited minutes in the NHL. If Ryan is productive, trading him at the deadline becomes an option.

Posted by evileye on 09/22/21 at 11:36 AM ET

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