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Bubble Talk

10/06/2022 at 4:21pm EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Players on the bubble include prospects Simon Edvinsson, Elmer Soderblom and Jonatan Berggren, young players with limited NHL experience in Joe Veleno and Givani Smith, and veteran Steven Kampfer.

All practiced Thursday with the main group ahead of weekend games against Toronto, Friday at Little Caesars Arena (7:30, Bally Sports Detroit) and Saturday at Scotiabank Arena (7 p.m.).

Rosters must be set by 5 p.m. Monday. The Red Wings might reveal their decisions on Sunday.

Lalonde said players battling for jobs all have had their ups and downs in camp.

“It’s going to be difficult,” Lalonde said. “But I think that’s a step in the right direction. Steve (general manager Yzerman) and his group have drafted well, had a good offseason. We have the luxury of some depth. I’m happy that we’re having these tough conversations.”

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Suter is only in his second season with the Wings, but the changes were still a bit jarring.

"The first day I came in I didn’t know half the guys,” Suter said of his first visit into the locker room before camp began.

Suter has a better handle on it now. A better idea of matching face to name. And the bottom line is, all the changes general manager Steve Yzerman made is likely going to make this roster deeper and better.

"For sure. From the outside, you guys (media) as well, you can tell," Suter said of the apparent improvement but also the expectations heading into next week's season opener.

"But still, there will be hard games and you have to deliver. But there is a certain depth, and it's good for competition, to push each other. It makes every single guy better and moves the team forward individually."

Suter, 26, played in all 82 games last season with 15 goals, 21 assists and a minus-11 rating. Inconsistent production offensively was an issue and the Wings signed Andrew Copp as a free agent in the offseason to address the second-line center role. But Suter did show the versatility to play in any role asked, on either special team, and showed he could be an important piece in the lineup.

"He can play any role, that's why he's valuable," coach Derek Lalonde said. "You've seen him at center, wing, and he's a complementary guy in our top six or bottom six. There's hockey sense there and some skill. He's a very valuable player we see on our penalty kill and we've seen him on the top unit on the power play in camp.

"He's a valuable player because he can play in any situation."



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I'd say this isn't an incorrect assessment. They're all gonna have to prove they want it bad enough.

The beginning of the season is gonna be interesting, for sure.

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