Three things: Mastrosimone makes US WJC team; Blashill on a WMU podcast; praise for Yzerman’s GM pedigree

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

  1. Red Wings prospect Robert Mastrosimone was named to the 2021 U.S. World Junior Championship team’s roster as one of 29 players selected to play or participate in the tournament in Edmonton starting on Christmas Day of this year;
  2. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the Western Michigan University Leadership Center’s podcast, “The Jungle,” speaking with Dr. Doug Lepisto and Dr. Derrick McIver for 35 minutes regarding an assortment of topics:
Listen to “Jeff Blashill – Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings” on Spreaker.

3. And Pro Hockey Talk’s Adam Gretz posted a list of “power rankings” for the NHL’s 31 teams’ general managers, listing Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman as the second-best GM in the NHL:

2. Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings. His Detroit track record is obviously incomplete, but he was the main architect of a Tampa Bay Lightning team that has been the NHL’s most successful team over the past six years. That counts. A lot. That is also why he gets such a high mark.

Update: Make it four things as’s Adam Kimelman gave Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren a plug as a “prospect to watch” in Europe:

Jonatan Berggren (Detroit Red Wings), F, Skelleftea: Berggren (5-10, 181) is third in the Swedish Hockey League with 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 18 games. The 20-year-old right wing was chosen by the Red Wings in the second round (No. 33) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

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