Of Red Wings and Griffins-related note this evening:
- WOOD TV’s Larry Figurski spoke with outgoing Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson regarding his hiring with the Dallas Stars, and Figurski notes that Griffins assistant coach Ben Simon, South Korea head coach Jim Paek and Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson are among the possible candidates to replace Nelson:
2. In the “future Wings” department, Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff noted that the Red Wings’ front office is attending the NHL’s Scouting Combine in Buffalo, both keeping an eye upon draft-eligible players they undergo fitness testing and interviewing said prospects on a one-on-one (or nearly so) basis:
“By this point, when you get to May, we’ve been watching these players, in some cases 2-3 years and over the course of that time you’re meeting with coaches, trainers, teammates, billet families, strength coaches, people that have had contact with these players throughout their lives, even parents perhaps. You’re painting a picture. So this is not something that is put together over one season, it’s typically multiple seasons. At this point of the year, most of these players, if not all, we will have already interviewed once or more throughout the year.
“When we get into the combine, several of these players we’ve already interviewed multiple times. This is a little different format, eight or nine of us in a room. It’s a little bit more intense of a setting than just meeting a kid after a game in the basement of a rink. It doesn’t carry the day, but it’s one piece of the puzzle we’re putting together, and it can certainly affect a player’s status on our list in terms of moving up or down.”
3. And if you are planning on attending the Red Wings’ annual equipment and memorabilia sale this Saturday in Troy, the Wings are allowing season ticket-holders into Hockeytown Authentics at 9 AM, and the general public in at 10 AM:
Phone orders start at 1p
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 31, 2018