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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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SYF's avatar

Five minutes of Moritz Seider looking like Kronwall.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/15/21 at 08:31 PM ET

Lucce's avatar

He reminds me more of Konstantinov.

Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 09/16/21 at 05:35 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

He just looks so dang strong out there.  It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to the North American game - the players in the NHL are bigger, stronger so I wouldn’t expect him to throw his weight around THIS easily.  He is still very young though himself and has plenty of room and time to continue developing both physically and mentally.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/16/21 at 11:06 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Hahahah folks bouncing off him like pinballs. There is some great footage of him out there just pushing people on their ass with one hand, too.  Good stuff.  It’s like he forgot he’s on ice.

It’ll be interesting to see how this translates to the NHL, I don’t think it’ll be that easy for him.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 09/16/21 at 01:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

He reminds me more of Konstantinov.

Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 09/16/21 at 05:35 AM ET

[lump in throat]

Aw, man.  Come on…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/16/21 at 02:57 PM ET

SYF's avatar

More Seider goodness.

At around the 0:24 mark of the video, you’re gonna love what he did in a difficult situation.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/18/21 at 04:05 PM ET

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