Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Dub Network’s Brandon Rivers examined the cases of several WHL players who may play NHL hockey this fall, including Wings prospect Michael Rasmussen:
One big reason we could see Ramsussen get a shot in the regular season is his ability to produce on the power play. This skill is something that should transfer over to the next level and will help him earn at the very least a taste of the NHL.
If he does not produce, we could see him get sent back for one more junior season and a likely roster spot with Canada’s U20 World Juniors team.
Detroit’s training camp goes September 14th-18th and their first preseason game is September 19th. They have seven preseason games that go through September 29th.
Due to the later start of Detroit’s camp, Rasmussen could end up participating in the Tri-City preseason tournament which runs the 6th through the 8th, though he will not play in the game on Saturday the 15th against the Chiefs in Kennewick.
If Rasmussen get a nine-game stint, he will be out through October 22nd. That would mean him missing 10 or possibly 11 Americans regular season games.
2. DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji examined forward Mattias Elfstrom’s 2017-18 campaign. Elfstrom had a difficult season playing for Vasterviks IK:
Quotable: “Mattias didn’t have his best season last year but, to his credit, realized that and has refocused this summer. He’s been putting in the work to make sure that’s not the case this year. I’m looking forward to seeing his development next season.” – Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development
Elfstrom signed with IK Oskarshamn recently, and the new start may mean a better season for the 6’3″ forward.
3. AWood40, a.k.a. Alex Wood, has been very busy on YouTube, posting highlights of the Red Wings’ playoff series (plural) vs. Toronto in the late 80’s, and over the past two days, he posted highlight clips spotlighting the rookie seasons of Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom: