After the second session of the day at the Red Wings’ summer development camp, director of player development Shawn Horcoff spoke with the media.
Horcoff didn’t know whether Filip Zadina (hamstring, probably out for the week) or Taro Hirose (day-to-day injury) were going to take part in the on-ice activities after missing Monday’s session, but he did address the Wings’ decision to draft Moritz Seider and Antti Tuomisto in the first and second rounds of the 2019 draft, he emphasized the concept that the summer development camp is not an evaluation camp, but instead, an instruction camp, and Horcoff weighed in regarding several of the Wings’ prospects over the course of a 5-and-a-half-minute interview:
Once Horcoff was through, the media corps spoke with a trio of “quiet guys.”
Antti Tuomisto, the Red Wings’ 35th overall pick, spoke softly about his strengths as an offensive defenseman, his friendship with fellow Assat Pori forward Otto Kivenmaki and Red Wings signee Oliwer Kaski, and Tuomisto shared that he’s headed to college after one more year with Assat, suggesting that an NCAA playing experience combined with an NCAA education were too good to pass up:
Otto Kivenmaki then spoke with the media, stating that he’d gained nearly 20 pounds, and that he was up to about 155 from a draft weight somewhere in the 130’s. Kivenmaki is 5’8″ and listed at 154 pounds, and the 2018 draft pick spoke of the challenges and advantages available to “small forwards” like himself:
Finally, 2019 draft pick and defenseman Gustav Berglund spoke with the media, discussing his admiration for the Red Wings of the 2008 Cup era, his appreciation of Nicklas Lidstrom and Erik Karlsson’s offensive prowess, and his belief that he needs to improve defensively after a point-per-game performance with the Frolunda Indians’ under-18 team:
In video form, from the Red Wings: