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Getting to Know Red Wings Prospect Lane Zablocki: Q&A

I spoke with Lane Zablocki, selected in the 3rd round (#79) of this year’s NHL Draft, during Day 1 of Detroit’s prospect development camp. Born: Alberta, Canada Last Season: Regina Pats & Red Deer Rebels (WHL) Height/Weight: 6-0 / 185 lbs (eliteprospects.com) This interview took place on July 7, 2017. Describe your thoughts being drafted by Detroit. It’s unbelievable, getting …

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Getting to Know Red Wings Prospect Reilly Webb: Q&A

I spoke with Reilly Webb, selected in the 6th round (#164) of this year’s NHL Draft, following Day 1 of Detroit’s annual prospect development camp, held in Traverse City, Michigan. Born: Ontario, Canada Last Season: Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) Height/Weight: 6-3 / 198 lbs This interview took place on July 7, 2017. Describe your feelings getting drafted by Detroit? Yeah, I’m …

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Getting to Know Red Wings Prospect Kasper Kotkansalo: Q&A

Player profile: Drafted: 2017, 3rd round #71 Last year’s team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) Next year’s team: Boston University (NCAA) Describe your thoughts being drafted by Detroit. Well, I kind of knew to expect it. Detroit seemed to be pretty interested in me and I think the interview at the combine went pretty well, but it was a pleasant surprise. …

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Detroit Drops Game 2 of Tournament 5-0 To Fast Chicago Blackhawks Team

Riding high from a 6-4 victory over the reigning back-to-back champions Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night, the Detroit Red Wings prospects took to the ice not even 24 hours later in a match against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks had lost their first game of the tournament after their opponent the St. Louis Blues surged in the third period to win …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Camp Q&A: Dominic Turgeon (7/7/16)

I spoke with Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon during the summer’s annual Prospect Development Camp in Traverse City, Michigan. Check out my interview with Dominic from 2014’s camp here: This interview took place July 7th, 2016. You went from 18 goals and 33 points to 36 goals and 70 points. Do you think you’ve accomplished everything you wanted in the …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Camp Q&A: Christoffer Ehn (7/8/16)

I spoke with Detroit Red Wings prospect Christoffer Ehn during July’s Prospect Camp in Traverse City, MI. Ehn had quite the season last year, playing for his country at the World Junior Championship, playing in three levels of hockey, and winning the Le Mat Trophy as national champions. (This interview took place on July 7, 2016) Last season was your …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Q&A: Vili Saarijarvi

The Flint Firebirds had quite the year last season, and not for the right reasons. One member of the team was Detroit Red Wings defensive prospect Vili Saarijarvi (2015, third round, 73rd overall). As an 18-year old, he was able to overcome the drama surrounding the team’s management to produce 43 points in 59 games. The Firebirds, of course, finished last …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Q&A: Jordan Sambrook

The Red Wings selected right-handed defenseman Jordan Sambrook in the 5th round of the 2016 NHL Draft (137th overall). I spoke to Jordan during the team’s annual Prospect Development Camp in Traverse City, MI. Describe your thoughts about being drafted into this organization. It was a huge honor. Obviously one of the most historic franchises, an Original Six team. There’s …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Q&A: Givani Smith

The Detroit Red Wings’ annual prospect development camp is underway in Traverse City, Michigan this week. The camp includes a mix of draft picks, signed free agents and invited players. I spoke with Givani Smith, Detroit’s second pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft: Describe the emotions being drafted by Detroit.                                                                                 It was definitely a real exciting time, being with …

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An Interview with South Korean National Team Coach Jim Paek

Following his nine-year coaching stint with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins (he was the longest tenured coach in team history), Jim Paek was awarded with the opportunity of a lifetime, to lead his country’s national team in the Olympics. Not only is he the director of hockey for the Korea Ice Hockey Association, but he is now the …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Interview: Julius Vahatalo

I spoke with 2014 draft pick, Finnish forward Julius Vahatalo, at the Detroit Red Wings’ annual prospect development camp in Traverse City, Michigan. This interview took place on July 6. It is part of a series of interviews (individual links below). Talk about having Todd Nelson here now, a little different than Jeff Blashill. Yeah, I think we had some different …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Interview: Vili Saarijärvi

I spoke with 2015 draft pick, defenseman Vili Saarijärvi, at the Detroit Red Wings’ annual prospect development camp in Traverse City, Michigan. This interview took place on July 6. It is part of a series of interviews (individual links below). Talk about being drafted by Detroit, what that was like for you. It’s unbelievable, an organization like Detroit. It’s unreal and …

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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Interview: Pat Holway

I spoke with 2015 drafted defenseman Pat Holway, at the Detroit Red Wings’ annual prospect development camp in Traverse City, Michigan. He talks about the camp, being drafted and meeting his hockey role model, Nick Lidstrom. This interview took place on July 5. It is part of a series of interviews (individual links below). Just describe your thoughts being drafted into …

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