Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff penned an article for DetroitRedWings.com, and the article focuses on two very small forwards in Otto Kivenmaki and Ethan Phillips. I feel that the final couple of paragraphs are the most important ones, however:
WORLD JUNIOR SUMMER SHOWCASE IN METRO DETROIT: The future of the Wings will be well represented when the World Junior Summer Showcase comes to USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth from July 26-Aug. 4.
The top prospects for this season’s world junior championship will be on the ice in the four-team tournament that includes Canada, Sweden, Finland and the United States.
Kivenmaki will play for Finland. Goalie Jesper Eliasson (84th, 2018) and forward Jonatan Berggren (33rd, 2018) are part of the Swedish team. Forward Joe Veleno (30th, 2018) and defenseman Jared McIsaac (36th, 2018) are on the Canadian roster, although shoulder surgery will keep McIsaac out of the tournament.
Defenseman Alec Regula (67th, 2018) and forward Robert Mastrosimone (54th, 2019) are on the USA roster. Mastrosimone suffered a broken ankle at the Wings’ development camp, so he’ll also be out of action.
Michigan State goalie Drew DeRidder, who attended the Wings development camp as a free agent, is also part of the USA team.
Continued, and my summer vacation to Grand Marais, MI is up in the air, so I may very well be in Plymouth for the last week in July/first week of August.