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Jeff Blashill On Evgeny Svechnikov

02/18/2021 at 5:08pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Waived and sent to Grand Rapids earlier this season, former first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov appeared to have exhausted his opportunities to stick with the Detroit Red Wings.

But the 6-3, 208-pound winger is back with the team, on the taxi squad, but at least practicing. He even got a look on one of the power-play units Thursday.

Svechnikov could be in the lineup Friday against the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit), depending on the status of a couple of injured players.

Vladislav Namestnikov did not practice Thursday after getting banged up in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks. Darren Helm returned to practice after missing three games and several days with a lower-body injury.

If they are unable to play Friday, Svechnikov will be in the lineup, coach Jeff Blashill said.

“First off, he’s got to get an opportunity and right now he’s on the outside looking in,” Blashill said. “He’s here as depth right now. … When he’s had that opportunity, he’s played OK. What you need to do to stick is make a huge impact in the game and usually you’re going to do that with about 8-12 minutes, that’s what you normally get when you get called up. And in those 8-12 minutes, you have to be really good. And then the next night, maybe you go from eight to 10, and then 10 to 12 and 12 to 14 and so on. Some guys end up working backward and then they’re not here anymore. All we want is guys who are going to help us win and make big impacts on the game.”

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