Of Red Wings-related note over the past couple of days (the vacation is going well, but it’s a cloudy day, so it’s time to work!), on a source-by-source basis:
A. Detroit Red Wings:
- NHL.com’s Dave Hogg penned a profile of Red Wings draft pick Jonatan Berggren;
- Arthur J. Regner wrote a “By the Numbers” look back at Dylan Larkin’s 2017-18 campaign;
- And Dana Wakiji wrote a “By the Numbers” assessment of Dominic Turgeon’s 2017-18 season.
1. MLive’s Peter J. Wallner posted an article regarding 9 of the Grand Rapids Griffins’ roster players who are no longer with the team as the Griffins re-tool this summer with the aim of getting younger.
C. Detroit Free Press:
- The Free Press’s Helene St. James penned a mailbag feature in which she addresses Jeff Blashill’s future with the team, Dan Bylsma’s addition, Evgeny Svechnikov’s immediate future and who’s next-in-line to replace Zetterberg as captain;
- Marc Daalder reports that the beloved Cobo Joe’s bar has closed;
- Jamie Samuelssen mentioned several Wings in an article discussing Detroit pro athletes’ social media habits.
D. Detroit News:
1. Ted Kulfan penned a profile of Otto Kivenmaki.
1. Bob Duff wrote an article about Joe Veleno’s desire to prove the teams that passed upon him at the draft wrong.
F. The Athletic:
- Craig Custance examined the possibility that former Toronto Maple Leafs executive Mark Hunter might land with the Red Wings, Islanders, Canucks or some other team:
Detroit Red Wings — There have at least been discussions about the possibility of Hunter joining the Detroit front office, but nothing appears to be imminent. GM Ken Holland got a two-year extension and there currently isn’t a clear succession plan if this is Holland’s last extension. Bringing in Hunter to create one would certainly run counter to how Holland traditionally operates; he typically prefers to promote from within. And there’s no shortage of front-office executives in Detroit eager to one day become general managers who might be irked about an outsider jumping to the front of the line. Considering the departures from the organization over the years, the Red Wings definitely have space for another assistant GM to complement Ryan Martin, but the preference may be to promote Kris Draper, Shawn Horcoff or Jiri Fischer into that role.
2. The Athletic’s Corey Pronman spoke with Sweden’s World Junior Summer Showcase coach, Tomas Monten, about a multitude of topics:
CP: Last guy we’ll talk about today is Jonatan Berggren (DET). He had an interesting season. He had a lot of points with his junior team, with the U18 team his role got bigger as the year went on, he wasn’t a power play guy initially and by the World Championships he was your go-to guy.
Monten: Ya, I agree. He was our top scorer in April and that’s why he’s here. He wants to have the puck, he wants to shoot, he wants to make a difference. I see a lot of Jesper Bratt in him. We’ll look to him to be an offensive forward who can change the pattern in the game and put up points.
G. WHMI 93.5 FM:
1. According to WHMI 93.5 FM, Darren McCarty is hosting the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation’s charity golf classic on September 14th at the Kensington Metropark.
H. USA Hockey:
1. Keith Petruzzelli made the final U.S. roster for the latter half of the World Junior Summer Showcase;
2. Coach Jeff Blashill will be one of the presenters at USA Hockey’s coaching symposium in Lake Placid, New York from August 23rd to 26th.
1. The Charlotte Checkers signed Zach Nastasiuk to an AHL contract;
2. NHL.com’s Brett Amadon suggested that the Red Wings are an “overlooked fantasy hockey team” for the 2018-19 season;
4. According to Michigan Hockey’s Michael Caples, on August 11th, several current and former Red Wings will take part in the “Play With Purpose” charity game in Plymouth, MI.