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Hope And Prospects At The WJC

12/26/2019 at 6:17am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

In typical Yzerman fashion, he plans on working behind the scenes at the under-20 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, trying to lay the foundation for the kind of successful playoff runs Red Wings fans were accustomed to before this year’s dramatic drop into last place in the standings.

Sunday’s game will give fans in Hockeytown a glimpse of what an Yzerman-built team and organization might look like and how his reliance on the NHL draft to accumulate top-notch players like Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov and Vezina Trophy winner Alexei Vasilevskiy — as well as undervalued players like Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat — offers hope for one of Detroit’s four floundering franchises.

“Steve has a clear vision of the type of team he wants,” said Julien BriseBois, who worked with Yzerman for eight years as assistant GM, then last year as general manager when Yzerman stepped down to take a senior advisor role.

“He wants a skilled, fast team with guys who can play with pace, who have a foundation of skill, skating and hockey sense. It doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, Russian, American, Swede. As long as you could play fast-paced, skilled hockey, you would be on our list and if you were the next guy on our list, we would pick you.”

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings’ brass at the World Junior Championship will be watching a few of the organization’s top prospects as well as some high-end talent that will be available to them at the June draft.

The event begins today in the Czech Republic, highlighted by the United States-Canada matchup (1 p.m., NHL Network).

Five recent Red Wings picks will be competing, including center Joe Veleno (Canada) and defenseman Moritz Seider (Germany), both in their first AHL season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Veleno, a skilled two-way player selected 30th in 2018, is struggling to adjust to the pro game after dominating in the Quebec Major Junior League. He has five goals and 12 assists and an alarming minus-22 rating in 29 games for the Griffins.

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