Eying Filip Zadina from a fantasy hockey perspective

The Hockey News’s Sam McCaig penned a list of 8 NHL rookies who fantasy hockey poolies might want to take with their final pick in their team drafts, and the shine hasn’t come off Filip Zadina’s potential quite yet:

Filip Zadina, Detroit Red Wings
A big, scoring winger with the confidence to match, Zadina is another young player who started slowly last season. But it might have been a good thing. He was able to develop his game in the AHL rather than being thrown into the NHL fire. The Wings won’t rush him, but they could definitely use more scoring punch and he’s the most lethal weapon in the franchise’s prospect cupboard.
Best-case point prediction: 40-50 points

Bultman: Kris Draper named head of amateur scouting

Per the Athletic’s Max Bultman…

You can see the changes to the team’s website here.

Update: Per Michigan Hockey’s Michael Caples:

The Detroit Red Wings have added another Michigan name to the team’s management staff.

Livonia native Phil Osaer is joining Steve Yzerman’s growing team in Detroit, per an update on the Red Wings’ staff webpage.

Osaer will be the team’s head of goaltending scouting and development, having a hand both in selecting the Wings’ netminders of the future and guiding them once they’re part of the organizational depth chart.

The former Ferris State goaltender worked as a goaltending scout for Yzerman in Tampa Bay during the 2018-19 season.

Update #2: Also from Caples:

Adam Nightingale has gotten a promotion with the Detroit Red Wings, and it’s a big one.

The Cheboygan native is now an assistant coach for the Original Six franchise according to the Red Wings’ official site, moving up from the team’s video coach.

Nightingale, 39, has spent the last two seasons with the Wings under head coach Jeff Blashill, after working one season as the video coach for the Buffalo Sabres.

Here’s even more, from the Detroit News:

The Red Wings also hired two amateur chief scouts, Ryan Rezmierski and Jesse Wallin, and two additional scouts, Bryce Thoma and Rob Rassey.

Rezmierski (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan) was a scout for the past eight years with the Nashville Predators and a former director of player personnel with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

Wallin, a first-round draft pick by the Red Wings in 1996, was a scout with the Stanley Cup champion Blues for the past six years and a former head coach of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League for five years.

DetroitHockey.net’s Clark Rasmussen summarizes the changes, although it should be noted that Brian Mahoney-Wilson is no longer listed as a goaltending coach:

This is, I believe, a full recap of all of the changes the Wings just made to the staff page on their website. Some were already known, some are frivolous. I left out the changes to some of their doctors’ names. pic.twitter.com/mcp61FLYFe— DetroitHockey.Net (@detroithockey96) August 16, 2019

Kulfan talks with a determined Evgeny Svechnikov

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan spoke with Evgeny Svechnikov at this week’s Power Edge Pro camp in Plymouth. Just as Svechnikov told The Athletic’s Max Bultman that he’s attempting to push the reset button after suffering a season-ending ACL injury last season, Svechnikov tells Kulfan that he’s going to do his best to make a name for himself this fall:

“Every year you would have asked me since I was 19 it’s been a big year,” said Svechnikov this week, after completing a workout at the Power Edge Pro Camp at USA Hockey Arena. “This year is no different. But especially coming back from an injury.”

It’s coming back from that injury, having gone through the long, tedious rehabilitation, that’s pushing and motivating Svechnikov.

Hearing the doubters say that maybe Svechnkov will not be able to come all the way back, maybe will not ever be the same player again – that’s what stirring him.

“I just want to go out there and show my name,” Svechnikov said. “I’m Evgeny Svechnikov, I was drafted for a reason and I’m here for a reason. I want to be part of the future, and I want to do that for myself and the fans and for everybody.

“I’m looking forward to doing it.”

Kulfan continues

RotoWorld previews the Red Wings

RotoWorld’s Corey Abbott examines the Red Wings’ 2019-2020 campaign outlook while focusing on the fantasy hockey-applicable aspects of the Wings’ 18-19 campaign:

Detroit Red Wings 

2018-19 Finish: 32-40-10 record, 14th in the Eastern Conference 

Noteworthy Gains: Valtteri Filppula, Patrik Nemeth, Calvin Pickard, Adam Erne

Noteworthy Losses: Thomas Vanek

Strengths: Dylan Larkin has emerged as a stud center and offensive catalyst for the Red Wings.  Anthony Mantha displayed plenty of promise and expectations are higher for Tyler Bertuzzi following his hot finish to the 2018-19 campaign.  They could form a productive trio for Detroit in 2019-20.  Andreas Athanasiou, who was a 30-goal scorer, can contribute secondary scoring, but the team needs other players to step up.  Filip Zadina, Joe Veleno and Taro Hirose should see NHL action this season because they all possess offensive upside.   

Weaknesses: Detroit ranked 27th in the league with 3.32 goals against per game.  Jimmy Howard had a rough year between the pipes and the defense corps was in shambles for most of the year due to injuries.  Detroit posted a .901 save percentage, which tied the team with Buffalo for 22nd in the league.  The Red Wings also had trouble holding onto leads in 2018-19.  The club led the league with nine losses when leading after the first period and had the second-most overtime defeats (six) when leading after the first period. 

Player to Watch: Filip Hronek is poised for a larger role with the Red Wings in 2019-20 after he left a very good first impression with the team last year.  He collected five goals, 23 points, 73 shots and 66 hits in 46 games with Detroit.  Hronek may have to compete with Mike Green for power-play action, but Green has been bothered by injuries and could be traded at some point.   

Continued, and here’s part one of RotoWorld’s NHL season preview.

Reminder: the Joe Kocur Foundation’s charity softball game takes place on August 24th

Hometown Life’s Colin Gay issues a timely reminder:

The Joe Kocur Foundation for Children will hold its 11th annual Celebrity Softball Series at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland on Saturday, Aug. 24. 

The series will consist of three softball games featuring alumni of the Detroit Red Wings, such as former goaltender Chris Osgood and right wing Kirk Maltby, and local Detroit celebrities, like former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple and actor Jeff Daniels. 

Kocur, who played for the Red Wings for nine seasons as a right wing, began his foundation in 2009. Its main priority is to assist local charities that focus on children and local families in the greater Detroit area. 

The proceeds from the softball series will benefit organizations like Wings of Mercy East Michigan, FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, Huron Valley Special Olympics and the Play Like Jackson Foundation. 

Tickets for the softball series are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Gates for the event open at 11 a.m. on Aug. 24, with games beginning at 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. 

Khan profiles Filip Hronek

MLive’s Ansar Khan’s player profiles continue this morning with a discussion of defenseman Filip Hronek’s 2019-2020 season outlook:

2019-20 outlook: Hronek was expected to win the competition between young defensemen and earn an NHL roster spot out of training camp but wasn’t ready, so he was demoted after playing six games as an injury replacement. He returned to Detroit in mid-December and was sent back to Grand Rapids for a couple of weeks in February before joining the Red Wings for good on Feb. 17.

He improved defensively during his time in the AHL and was much better the final seven weeks of the season. He cut down on mistakes and odd-man rushes against by not stepping up as much in the neutral zone while still contributing offensively.

Injuries forced the Red Wings to play the rookie more than they would have preferred – he logged more than 22 minutes in a stretch of 13 out of 15 games. He saw more time on the penalty kill. He played against top lines more often.

Barring a significant regression, Hronek will start the season in the Red Wings’ top four, paired with either Danny DeKeyser or (more likely) Patrik Nemeth. The club would like to keep him around 20 minutes per game while having him man the point on one of the power-play units and still see some time on the penalty kill.


A bit about Carter Gylander

DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji examines Red Wings goaltending prospect Carter Gylander’s 2018-2019 season “By the Numbers” this morning.

She discusses Gylander’s developmental curve at length, noting that Gylander will be spending one more season with the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders before heading to Colgate University, and Wakiji speaks with Wings goaltending coach Brian Mahoney-Wilson regarding Gylander’s potential:

Quotable: “Great human being, great person, very mature for his age. Someone I saw a lot on video this year, ranked very high on my list, both with his stature and his technical play. He’s slated to go to Colgate in a year’s time. He’ll be the starter in the Alberta junior league in Sherwood Park. Carter only had played 22 games this year. I think he could have gotten more starts because they actually had an overage goalie in Sherwood Park.

From Carter’s standpoint, he fills a lot of the boxes that we need. To think this kid just turned 18 in early June and to see just how he’s handled himself in his first development camp, he’s been impressive. In the 3-on-3, I thought he handled his own, he’s been very good in the goalie sessions. Not knowing a lot about his personality, prior to the draft, but seeing on video and connecting with his goalie coach at Sherwood Park, he’s just truly a tremendous human being. We’re going to expect a lot in the next 2-3 years. I can’t wait to see his progress in college because I think he’s going to be a force at Colgate.” — Brian Mahoney-Wilson, Red Wings goaltending development coach


Red Wings trade for Adam Erne…Who?

The Detroit Red Wings made a trade to do exactly what GM Steve Yzerman said he might do on July 1st–shore up their depth on the wing–on Wednesday, and I certainly scratched my head when I heard the name “Adam Erne.”

The Wings acquired the 24-year-old Erne for a 4th round draft pick, and the 6’1,” 185-pound forward was very quietly signed to what the Tampa Bay Times’ Diana C. Nearhos reported is a 1-year, $1.05 million contract extension.

Nearhos describes Erne’s assets as follows

Erne, 24, had something of a breakout season in 2018-19, his first spent entirely in the NHL. He had 20 points (seven goals) and 40 penalty minutes (10 minors) in 65 games.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound wing added physicality to the fourth line without drawing many penalties, earning a consistent spot in the lineup.

Erne was arbitration eligible this year but did not file. He was on a one-year, $800,000 contract last year, and his expected raise was to $1 million.

Nearhos also explains why the Lightning traded Erne:

Continue reading Red Wings trade for Adam Erne…Who?

Dylan Larkin, hype man

Several Red Wings players have been taking part in Power Edge Pro’s hockey camp at USA Hockey Arena this past week, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan headed to Plymouth to speak with Dylan Larkin. The prospective captain of the Red Wings spoke particularly enthusiastically regarding his team’s potential:

“We can be very competitive every night and go on hot stretches,” said Larkin, adding there’s one important ingredient: “Get off to a good start.”

He added: “We’re going to have to come out to a good start, and that’s something we didn’t do last year (1-7-2). It’s all-in the start and getting some steam and getting buzz around town, and young guys contributing and gaining confidence.”

Part of the excitement surrounding the Wings is the arrival of general manager Steve Yzerman.

The Red Wings legend and Hall of Famer replaced long-time GM Ken Holland (who went to Edmonton) in April, and Yzerman’s arrival – after a successful run as the Tampa Bay Lightning GM – has injected excitement among Wings’ fans.

Larkin has only spoken sparingly with Yzerman this offseason but can see and feel Yzerman’s impact.

“His history and legacy speak for itself,” Larkin said. “He’s a pretty impressive guy. Just how dialed into the game he is, and what he’s done with Tampa, he knows what it takes to get to the level they’re at. I’m just real excited for it.”