The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the NHL’s draft combine, which takes place next week in Buffalo, NY. The combine represents an opportunity for the Wings to get to know a pool of approximately 100 players that the Wings will draft from later next month:
All 31 teams get to spend approximately 20-30 minutes with about 10 players they would like to interview, beginning Monday and lasting until Friday. How the players respond in these types of interview sessions, said Holland, is a useful tool.
“You want to see how they handle that type of situation, how they answer the questions,” Holland said. “It’s not a lot of time, but you get an idea of who they are.”
The Wings’ representatives will also take prospective draft picks to dinner each night, getting to know the players in an informal environment.
Also of Red Wings-related note from Kulfan:
Just after the Entry Draft, the Wings will hold their annual development camp. But unlike previous years, they will not be heading to Traverse City. Instead the camp this year — moved up approximately a week — will be at Little Caesars Arena at the Wings’ practice rink in the Belfor Training Center on June 26-30.
…Holland said Todd Nelson, head coach of the Wings’ minor league affiliate Grand Rapids, has been given permission to interview for possible NHL assistant coaching positions.
Holland added the assistant coaching position for head coach Jeff Blashill remains vacant, as Blashill just returned from Denmark early this week after guiding Team USA to a bronze medal at the world championships.