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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 12, 2008

Eve of prospects camp

On the night before the prospects camp (this will be my fourth), here are a few of the names that I'm very interested in seeing on the ice over the next few days.

-- Zach Bogosian, Atlanta defenseman, third overall pick in 2008

-- Angelo Esposito, Atlanta forward, 20th overall pick in 2007, dealt by Pittsburgh as part of the package for Marian Hossa

-- Chad Denny, Atlanta defenseman, no reason other than he's fun to watch, hitting and shooting

-- Jakub Voracek, Columbus forward, seventh overall pick in 2007

-- Fabian Brunnstrom, Dallas forward, the man who said no thanks to the Red Wings

-- Ivan Vishnevskiy, Dallas defenseman, 27th overall pick in 2006

-- Colton Gillies, Minnesota forward, 16th overall in 2007

-- Bobby Sanguinetti, Rangers defenseman, 21st overall in 2006, can he follow Marc Staal's footsteps

-- Micahel Del Zotto, Rangers defenseman, 20th overall in 2008

-- Patrick Berglund, St. Louis forward, 25th overall in 2006, my pick as best forward at last year's prospects tournament

-- Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis defenseman, fourth overall in 2008

-- Jake Allen, St. Louis goalie, 34th overall in 2008

-- Jeff May, Tampa Bay defenseman, 151st overall in 2005, former Red Wing draft pick

Unfortunately, Columbus' Nikita Filatov (sixth overall in 2008) won't participate in the tournament because of a leg injury.

Then there's the Red Wings who have many players of interest in Traverse City right now. Top draft pick Thomas McCollum is here, but seeing how good Swedish goalie Daniel Larsson is draws more of my interest. Defenseman Sergei Kolosov is back after a year in Belarus. Jakub Kindl needs to be a top blue-liner. And how can't you be interested in watching a forward named Hat Trick Dick Axelsson.

The tournament games are being shown on tape delay on the NHL Network and definitely worth watching. This is a treasure of young hockey talent, names you hear about at the draft or in juniors or Europe that you can see competing against their peers.


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