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Developing Prospects

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Like many around the globe, Red Wings draft pick Carter Mazur put on 30 pounds during the pandemic.

Unlike many, though, Mazur’s weight gain was intentional — and it’s made all the difference.

Mazur’s transformation saw him explode into nearly a point-per-game player with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm in 2020-21. After getting passed on in his draft year of 2020, the centerman from Jackson was taken by the hometown Red Wings, 70th-overall, in Round 3 of Saturday’s NHL Draft.

It was one of the feel-good stories of Detroit’s draft, but the celebration didn’t last long. Mazur had a game the next day at USA Hockey Arena’s World Junior Summer Showcase, an eight-day event from July 24-31.

“Still waking up, knowing I’m drafted by this great organization that I’ve grown up in, in a way it’s just unbelievable,” Mazur said. “(But) the work is just beginning in a way.”

Mazur is one of a handful of Wings prospects at USA Hockey Arena this week who have found ways to make the disruption work for them. A year ago, the idea that he would become a draft candidate with middle-six upside looked far from reality.

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Taro Hirose Gets A One-Year Deal

 

added 2:47pm, Press release is below.

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Preparing For UFA Day

The signing period for UFAs is at 12:00pm ET tomorrow, July 28th.

Here is a list of unrestricted free agents (some have already agreed to terms, waiting to sign tomorrow), do you want any of these players or are you satisfied with the roster the way it is.  Remember, the Wings mazy want to sign some of their UFAs or they may decide to let them walk.

Discussion starts now.

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Qualified By The Detroit Red Wings

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Video- Alex Nedeljkovic In Action

11 1/2 minutes long.

via awood40,

Alex Nedeljkovic highlights from the shortened 2020-21 season (Carolina Hurricanes).

 

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A Two-Year Deal For Gustav Lindstrom

 

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No Qualifying Offer For Evgeny Svechnikov

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings might be parting ways with Evgeny Svechnikov, their first-round pick from 2015 who has battled through injuries and struggled to get a foothold in the NHL.

The Red Wings will not tender a qualifying offer to Svechnikov by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent.

They are open to signing him to a two-way contract if he doesn’t sign elsewhere when free agency begins on Wednesday, Svechnikov’s agent, Todd Diamond, said.

“We’ll see what things look like (in the market) and regroup from there,” Diamond said. “It’s been a while (for Svechnikov in the organization), he’s had a lot of injuries. He could have gotten a new opportunity last season. He played hurt. It didn’t happen.

“Maybe it’ll work out for the best and he’ll get a chance to compete with another team.”

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Video- Marc Staal’s Media Availability Today

10 minutes long.

 

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Steve Yzerman This Morning

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Give The Wings An “A”

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The highlights from the Detroit Red Wings’ 2021 draft: Having a kid from Detroit tee up the first pick, making the best of the first pick after the top-rated centers were off the board and, finally, adding a potential franchise goaltender to the farm system.

Whether any of the eight prospects the Wings selected over the weekend will have an impact on the rebuild won’t be known for years.  However, in the immediate aftermath of the draft, general manager Steve Yzerman and his hockey operations staff deserve an A for how they used the picks....

At one point, Yzerman had 12 picks in the draft. It’s an obvious advantage, like buying tickets for the lottery. The Wings have an incredible history of finding gems in later rounds: Nicklas Lidstrom (third, 1989), Sergei Fedorov (fourth, 1989), Vladimir Konstantinov (11th, 1989), Pavel Datsyuk (sixth, 1998), Henrik Zetterberg (seventh, 1999) and Tomas Holmstrom (10th, 1994). But this year, it made sense to use four of them as trade chips to add prospects in Cossa and Buium and established players in Nick Leddy and Alex Nedeljkovic.

Ultimately, whether Yzerman made the right choices in this draft will be determined down the road.  However, it looks like he added players who have the promise to help shape the Wings into a competitive team.

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