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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Prospects' first game

A few thoughts from Friday's 3-2 loss to the Atlanta prospects ...
-- Igor Grigorenko skated on the left side of Evan McGrath's line with Jan Mursak on the right. The Red Wings' top scoring line created some chances, but didn't finish well. Grigorenko started slowly, but played solid second and third periods.
-- Johan Ryno had two breakaways, but couldn't convert either.
-- Goalie Dominic Vicari was a standout with Detroit being outshot 32-21.
-- Patrik Magnusson looked like the weak link on defense during practices, having a hard time connecting on basic passes. But in the game, it was free agent defenseman Chad Greenan who struggled. Greenan left huge gaps between himself and the puck carrier and was caught napping on the Thrashers' first goal.
-- Darren Helm centered the second line with Swedes Johan Ryno and Mattias Ritola on his wings. Ryno made an impact. It was difficult to notice Ritola.
-- Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson were the top blue-line duo. They're the only two defensemen under contract with the Red Wings at the prospects camp.
-- Evan McGrath struggled on faceoffs.
-- Free agent defenseman Scott Jackson had a strong game.
-- Forward Zack Torquato, drafted this summer by the Wings, was alert. He played a good positional game. He was the first on the bench to notice a penalty against Atlanta and start hollering for Vicari to head to the bench.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

good stuff please keep this up through camp

September 8, 2007 at 1:42 AM 
Blogger Bobby Orr said...

Bruce, thanks for your report!
Vicari was very good at MSU, and I would love to see him progress in the Red Wings' system.

September 8, 2007 at 5:40 AM 
Anonymous Baroque said...

I was unaware the Wings picked up Vicari. I hope having a goalie named "Dominic" is good luck for them and for him, too.

September 8, 2007 at 11:41 AM 

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