Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Red Wings prospect and Peterborough Petes forward Zach Gallant had an injury-truncated 2017-18 season, and his injuries yielded some statistical hiccups over the course of 54 games played (he posted 16 goals, 15 assists and 31 points over the course of those 54 games). DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji penned an article regarding Gallant’s campaign:
Quotable: “He had a breakout season the year before. We expected a natural progression but he was in and out of the lineup with injuries and finished the year on an injury. It was frustrating for him, for sure. He was still one of the best face-off guys in the league even though he didn’t play as much as he would like. He’s a big, two-way centerman, that would be his projection as a pro. He’ll be a point-a-game centerman for us (next year), playing against the other team’s top line, a net-front guy on the first power play. He’ll be the captain or assistant captain. He was drafted to be that guy as a 19-year-old. We finished early and he’s already in great shape, he got right in the gym. We expect a big year for him.” — Andrew Verner, Peterborough Petes assistant coach (interim head coach last year from January-April)
2. In the multimedia department, AWood40 posted a clip of Jimmy Howard’s better moments from the 2017-18 season:
ICYMI: this Saturday is our annual equipment sale. pic.twitter.com/M0NZPwLPji
— HockeytownAuthentics (@ShopHockeytown) May 29, 2018
4. The Free Press’s Helene St. James is soliciting questions for a mailbag article…
Mailbag time! Let me know your Red Wings questions please.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) May 30, 2018
5. And sportswriter Adam Candee penned an article about Tomas Nosek’s success with the Vegas Golden Knights:
The NHL resume of Tomas Nosek featured 17 mostly anonymous games as a member of the Detroit Red Wings when the Golden Knights plucked him in June’s NHL expansion draft.
Eight days before the draft, Nosek notched three assists to help Grand Rapids defeat Syracuse and win the AHL’s Calder Cup. He hoped that showing would help him stick with the Wings to start the 2017-18 season.
Instead, he went to Vegas, anchored the fourth line in a magical Golden Knights season and made the biggest splash of his career by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Nosek couldn’t keep up with the texts on his cell phone after netting two goals to put Vegas three wins from a Stanley Cup in its expansion year.
“Lots of messages,” Nosek said. “Over 100 for sure. I didn’t open anything yet. I wanted to go to sleep so I didn’t open everything yet. That’s today’s job.”