HSJ in the morning: discussing training camp battles

The Free Press’s Helene St. James posted a “training camp primer” this morning, discussing five pertinent topics to watch as the Wings prepare to open training camp on Friday, September 13th. Among her topics:

Prospects on deck: Where is forward Evgeny Svechnikov, 22, at? The team’s first round pick from 2015 was ticketed for Grand Rapids when he hurt a knee during a 2018 preseason game, leading him to miss all of last season (at least that translates to another year of being waiver exempt). Can he harness his energy into an NHL job? Forward Michael Rasmussen, 20, a first-round pick from 2017, was manhandled by opponents the second half of his rookie season and would have been in the minors had he been eligible. He’s likely to start the season in Grand Rapids.

Forward Filip Zadina, 19, the sixth overall pick in 2018, had an OK first year of pro hockey, spent mostly with Grand Rapids (16 goals, 19 assists in 59 AHL games, three points in nine NHL games), but he lacked a center who could get him the puck. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets some shifts with Dylan Larkin, or maybe there’s a fit on a line with Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou. If Zadina shows he can score, he should start the season in Detroit. If he starts in Grand Rapids, there’s a good chance he’ll play with Joe Veleno, the 30th pick in 2018, who has the skill set to set up Zadina.

Continued: the prospect tournament is a time for optimism and assessment of where the prospects are at in terms of playing in a competitive environment close to World Junior Championship standards, but how the players continue to progress during training camp and the exhibition season tells the tale…

And in the Red Wings’ case, I think that watching Zadina, Hirose and Veleno vying for spots on the roster will be matched in my interest with seeing what Svechnikov, whose career hit a “re-set” button due to his ACL injury, and Rasmussen, whose raw potential has been blunted by a rocky rookie season, fight their own fights to remain on the Wings’ team.

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5 thoughts on “HSJ in the morning: discussing training camp battles”

  1. HSJ isn’t very realistic. Take Svech. The guy lost an entire year of hockey development. Why would the Wings throw him right into the NHL in a meaningless season? Go to the AHL. Get lots of minutes. Get mentally recovered from the injury. And hopefully we’ll see you back here as injuries mount or as we trade some roster players. This idea that someone like him can “win” a job in training camp is about 1 or 2 decades outdated. Same with Rasmussen. He’s not playing 82 NHL games this year. And the Veleno thing is so funny. Kid scores a few goals against some AHL’ers and now people think a teenager is going to win a job. Has anyone watched what Yzerman did in Tampa. Like seriously studied it? I’m not being negative. These are nice prospects.

    1. 1st of all you know diddly squat about Veleno. HSJ is realistic, LMAO worst of them all. Veleno will go to GR and hopefully continue to get better.

      Ras goes to AHL, Svech will be lucky to stay heathy and AHL is tops for him. Stevie Y says to press that spots on the starting roster will go to the ones that earn it. BS Maybe

      You are Negative!! These comments come out as facts I disagree with most of them, that is my opinion. Use Generally speaking, My opinion

      Fact Veleno is having a GREAT prospect camp, Opinion Zadina is feeding him, Good for Zadina

      The other 2 or 3 lines are a bunch of fill ins there are very few spots for the bottom feeders. College kids for the most part will run out of gas just like DeK did. Oh boy do we get to play this weekend, go to GR and get physically and mentally ready for the NHL Grind.

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