Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
- Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff posted something of a prospect tournament wrap-up, noting that Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben Simon was working with a disparate group of prospects, who were all experiencing different stages of their development:
As coach of his hastily-assembled crew, the job of Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben Simon was to mold them into a cohesive unit while at the same time aiding each player in their individual growth.
“Every player is at a different point in their development process,” Simon said. “When that puck is dropped, though, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 24 year old or an 18 year old. It doesn’t matter if you played 10 games last year or a hundred games last year. It may not show in the results but I do think this tournament is great in seeing where you stack up.”
Hockey players live by the mantra that every day they show up for work is a tryout to keep their job. They do so because that’s how it works.
“If you’re a young 19-20 year old and you’re playing against a 24-25 year old, I’m learning, ‘okay, I’ve got a little ways to go to be able to compete wit that 24-25 year old,’” Simon said. “Or conversely, if I’m a 24, 25 year old and I’m not as good as I thought I was and this young kid is pushing me, it teaches you that you’ve got to push even harder to stay relevant.”
2. Duff also wrote an article which discusses the murky injury statuses of Jonatan Berggren and Lucas Raymond…
Raymond and Berggren didn’t play in Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit’s NHL Rookie Tournament finale at Traverse City, Michigan. Berggren, hurt in the previous game against the St. Louis Blues, wasn’t expected to play. Raymond was a late scratch, leaving the Wings with just 10 forwards.
Whatever is ailing either of these young prospects is a closely-guarded secret. Will they be good to go when main camp hits the ice? The Wings haven’t revealed what Berggren’s injury is, or if in fact Raymond is hurt.
“I can’t speak to that,” said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben Simon, who handled the rookie team in Traverse City.
3. And finally, this item from DetroitRedWings.com’s Josh Berenter’s recap of Sunday night’s game is worth noting:
The Red Wings now turn their attention to main training camp, which runs Thursday, Sept. 23 through Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Traverse City.
Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be divided into teams that will practice and scrimmage throughout camp, including the annual Red and White Game on Sunday, Sept. 26, followed by practices next Monday and Tuesday, before breaking camp to begin the preseason schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 29 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Training Camp coverage will be live streamed and documented on DetroitRedWings.com and across the Red Wings’ social media platforms.