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Detroit Red Wings Development Camp 2014 Day 2

Saturday was Day 2 of the Detroit Red Wings prospect development camp. The schedule was not friendly to the media, and we had to choose between watching either Team Lidstrom or Team Yzerman for 45 minutes in the morning. Since I wasn’t able to watch all of Team Lidstrom’s drills on Friday morning, I focused on them.

On-Ice Drills (9:00 – 9:45 am)

Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek led the drills for this team.

I really got to see what Andreas Athanasiou had to offer this time. His breakout speed is very similar to Darren Helm, but I don’t like that comparison, since he seems to have many more facets to his game than Helm does.

During the training, while the defensemen and wingers worked on their own drills at opposite ends of the rink, the centers practiced the always-important faceoffs. Athanasiou excelled at this. In every matchup, he won nearly every faceoff. For the ones he didn’t win, he found a way to steal the puck back immediately. His technique is very similar to that of Pavel Datsyuk. He’s very aggressive in the faceoff circle and isn’t content with losing a draw.

Members of Team Lidstrom stretch after their on-ice training session Saturday morning.
Members of Team Lidstrom stretch after their on-ice training session Saturday morning. (Photo taken by author)

Christoffer Ehn had a particularly good morning as well. He demonstrated very good passing skills, and good puck work as well. He’s a very good stickhandler and does well on breakaways. You can tell that he’s Swedish by watching him finesse the puck.

Tomas Nosek looks like he’s still adjusting to this new environment. He’s a good passer, and can dazzle with the puck when he wants to. It’s still difficult to get a good read on him.

Richard Nedomlel was solid as always, and he appears ready to make the AHL jump. A 4-time attendee of this camp, he’s improved year after year. He will bring a style of physical play that Detroit/Grand Rapids haven’t seen in a very long time. When he lines up an opponent, look out, because he hits hard.

Scrimmage (3:00 – 5:00 pm)

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Members of Team Lidstrom and Team Yzerman begin to warm up for their Saturday afternoon scrimmage. (Photo taken by author)

The scrimmage is the first chance to see these prospects in game-action, although it isn’t a perfect indication of how these players actually play. Christoffer Ehn told me he didn’t know who was on his line until right before the game, so it’s very difficult to develop any chemistry between linemates in this short amount of time.

I know you’re all interested in the line combinations, so here they are:

Team Lidstrom

Forward Lines

LW – Tomas Nosek  C – Andreas Athanasiou  RW – Zach Nastasiuk

LW – David Pope  C – Dominic Turgeon  RW – Tyler Bertuzzi

LW – Tyson Spink  C – Tylor Spink  RW – Darby Llewellyn

LW – Brandon Robinson  C – Blake Clarke/Christoffer Ehn  RW – Michael Babcock

 

Defense Pairings

Richard Nedomlel/Ben Marshall

Nick Zotl/Trevor Hamilton

Ryan Obuchowski/Czarnowczan/Schmidt

 

Goalies

Jared Coreau (first half)

Andrew D’Agostini (second half)

 

Team Yzerman

Forward Lines

LW – Anthony Mantha  C – Dylan Larkin  RW – Kyle Baun

LW – Dean Chelios  C – Axel Holmstrom  RW – Cole Bardreau/Haydene Hodgson

LW – Hampus Gustaffson  C – Julius Vahatalo  RW – Luke Sandler

LW – Mark Cooper  C – Alex Globke  RW – David Johnstone

 

Defense Pairings

Marc McNulty/Joe Hicketts

Kevin Clare/River Rymsha

Mike McKee/James De Haas

 

Goalies

Jake Paterson (first half)

Lucas Peressini (second half)

 

Summary

Team Yzerman took a 1-0 lead early on, as Globke scored the game’s first goal, with McKee assisting.

Team Lidstrom would tie it up as Tomas Nosek found the back of the net. He went to the crease and was able to roof it past Jared Coreau.

Joe Hicketts, a camp invite, showcased his cannon from the blueline and gave his team a 2-1 lead. It would stay 2-1 for the remainder of the first half.

The Finnish winger Julius Vahatalo kicked off the scoring in the second half, as he scooped in a rebound following a Hampus Gustaffson (camp invite) shot.

Nosek was slashed later in the half, but after getting patched up, he stayed in the game.

Christoffer Ehn tried to save his team from defeat after he one-timed a shot past netminder Andrew D’Agostini.

It would end 3-1, with the shots being 23-12 in favor of the winning team.

Following the scrimmage, there was an abbreviated shootout competition. Only the forwards participated. The only player to score in the shootout was Athanasiou, as he showed fancy stick work and backhanded it through D’Agostini’s five-hole. Nosek, Mantha, Holmstrom, Turgeon, Baun, Spink, Vahatalo, and Ehn were all stopped.

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Kevin Sporka

Kevin Sporka

Kevin Sporka is the Senior Media Analyst and Detroit Red Wings beat writer at HOHM. He is also the author of the Fantasy Hockey Fridays, In Retrospect, Milestone Monday, and Legends By the Number segments.
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