Kulfan’s training camp notebook: busy exhibition schedule good for the Wings’ youngsters

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan penned a training camp notebook before leaving Traverse City, and Kulfan believes that the Red Wings’ 9-games-in-12-nights exhibition schedule is actually a good thing:

The Wings play 82 games during a long six-month (plus a week, or two) NHL regular season.

But they’ll play nine preseason games in the next two weeks.

It’s a game more than usual because of the Wings’ participation in the NHL’s Hockeyville event in Calumet, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Along with keeping the coaching, training and equipment staffs busy, there will be players who get plenty of chances to show what they can do.

Nobody will play all nine games, obviously. But young players on the brink of the NHL likely will get about five or six games to show they deserve an opportunity.

This schedule is perfect for them.


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