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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Training camp ups and downs

With training camp officially wrapped up (That's what the Red Wings were doing in Grand Rapids Wednesday, wasn't it?) here's a look at which players helped their cause and which players didn't over the past week ...
Stock is up
Dallas Drake -- Had scoring touch in camp. Fourth line was great.
Cory Emmerton -- Probably the best juniors in camp over the past three years.
Johan Franzen -- Showed he belongs on Datsyuk's wing.
Jimmy Howard -- Slim Jim is looking good.
Jiri Hudler -- Skating has improved.
Tomas Kopecky -- So far, so good at center.
Evan McGrath -- Most nights, Evan was the best non-NHL forward in camp.
Derek Meech -- Very smart, very good positional player.
Johan Ryno -- Created a lot of chances, but needs to finish better.
Stock is down
Jassen Cullimore -- Didn't show much on the plus side.
Igor Grigorenko -- Needs to show something in preseason games. Any glimmer and Wings will keep him on the roster.
Mattias Ritola -- Outplayed by Johan Ryno.
Brent Sopel -- Too many turnovers.


Blogger stytzer said...

What about Kindl, Ericsson, Oulahen and McGrath? As expected?

September 20, 2007 at 1:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, might I ask you how you view the current situation for Aaron Downey? Is his stock up or down with training camp wrapped up?

Thanks in advance for your time.

Pete (N4C3R)

September 20, 2007 at 2:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McGrath really upped his stock too from my perspective and I now see him as one of our "real" prospects who could be 1-2 yrs away from a spot with the big club. He needs to carry over his start to the rest of the year with the Griffs....could even be an injury call up for a game or two this year.

September 20, 2007 at 3:48 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

You guys are right about McGrath. I'm adding him on the Stock Up list. He had such a disappointing year last season and he was a standout in camp. I thought that Ericsson really impressed and Kindl was as good as expected. I'm not sure I'd put those two as Stock Up because they're doing what was expected after great seasons last year. Oulahen was neither up nor down at camp. He didn't have a great camp, but he didn't do anything to earn a spot on the down list. Downey's in the same boat as Oulahen.

September 20, 2007 at 6:38 PM 

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