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A2Y- After Practice Videos

04/03/2023 at 4:04pm EDT

Alex Nedeljkovic up first, coach Lalonde is below

Derek Lalonde mentions Kasper did not practice today, lower body but if it's better tomorrow, he will play.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Watching Kasper and Edvinsson in the last week, and with the continued progression of defenseman Moritz Seider and forward Lucas Raymond in their second NHL seasons, and knowing recent draft picks forward Carter Mazur and defenseman William Wallinder both just began their pro careers in Grand Rapids, you definitely can see the future of the Wings beginning to take shape in the present.

During one sequence in Sunday's victory in Toronto, Seider, Edvinsson, Raymond and Kasper were all on the ice during a scrum, and not at all getting pushed around.

Physically, during that sequence, or at any point during the game.

Just the way the Wings continue to play, earning victories against prospective playoff teams and showing what the future could hold, is promising.

"It's exciting for our hockey team," said captain Dylan Larkin, whose three goals in Sunday's victory was another exclamation point.

If you go on social media, a large segment of Wings fans aren't necessarily thrilled with all the wins, as it hurts the team's odds of winning the draft lottery.

And coach Derek Lalonde gets it. But Lalonde insists the Wings' young players are gaining plenty of positive NHL experience playing major minutes and competing (and defeating) playoff teams.

"I know it was really tough how this team got completely flipped at the deadline and through injury," Lalonde said. "But I've tried to preach the positive, and we're still building a core here and that core is still around and we just want to build our game and we've done that and it has resulted in some real quality wins.

"I know the average fan might not be very excited we keep climbing up the draft board, which I understand. But we're trying to establish a winning attitude here."

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