Catchy-uppy post for August 3rd and 4th: ‘boons,’ busts and prospect rankings; on Larkin, Zablocki, Saarijarvi and Rasmussen; a sparse ride through the Joe

Of Red Wings-related note over the course of Friday and Saturday, on a source-by-source basis:

A. Free Press:

1. Helene St. James penned an analysis of the Red Wings’ biggest draft “boons” and “busts” since the team drafted Henrik Zetterberg;

B. Detroit News:

1. Ted Kulfan discussed Anthony Mantha’s late-season video session turned heart-to-heart conversation with coach Jeff Blashill;

2. The Detroit News’s Todd McInturf posted a photo gallery as Lane Zablocki, Vili Saarijarvi and Kirk Maltby worked the Red Wings’ youth hockey camp on Friday;

C. Hockeybuzz:

1. Bob Duff spoke with Dylan Larkin regarding both his contract negotiations with the Wings and August 26th’s “Stars and Stripes” charity hockey game in Plymouth;

D. The Athletic:

1. Craig Custance took a drive through Joe Louis Arena as the facility continues to be sold off in bits and pieces before its eventual demolishment;


1. In article form,’s Arthur J. Regner examined Libor Sulak’s 2017-18 season “by the numbers“;

2. Dana Wakiji spoke with Dylan Larkin when he took part in the Wings’ youth hockey camp on Wednesday;

3. Wakiji also spoke with Vili Saarijarvi regarding his hopes to rebound from an injury-plagued 2017-18 season;

4. On Twitter, the Wings posted Twitter interviews with Lane Zablocki and Saarijarvi…

5. And the Wings posted this Dylan Larkin clip from the NHL Network:


  1.’s Dave Hogg penned a profile of Michael Rasmussen;
  2. Dylan Larkin (115), Filip Zadina (163), Anthony Mantha (168), Mike Green (189) and Michael Rasmussen (249) made’s Pete Jensen’s initial Top 250 Fantasy Player rankings;

G. The Sporting News:

1. The Red Wings rank 10th of 31 in the Sporting News’s Steve Kournianos’s “farm system rankings“;

2. Alec Gearty reports that Michael Rasmussen had a good showing at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, British Columbia, playing strongly for Canada;

H. Vancouver Province:

1. The Province’s Steve Ewen also reports that Michael Rasmussen had a strong showing at the World Junior Summer Showcase.


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