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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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Final thoughts from training camp

The Howe/Lindsay (Red/White) game just ended and with that, training camp comes to a close. Here are a few thoughts on the past few days in Traverse City as the team is on the cusp of its nine-game preseason slate. The notes are more about the fringe, the position battles, than the stars whose roles are well defined.

-- Forget about outplaying Ty Conklin. Jimmy Howard hasn't outplayed Daniel Larsson ... and that's a compliment to Larsson, not a slam on Howard. The Swedish netminder has come to camp ready and looks very strong. He's an excellent position netminder, who looks much better than a No. 2 AHL goalie.

-- Mattias Ritola's stock has risen since last fall. How's this for a nifty snapshot? With the puck on a 2-on-1, Ritola threads a pass tonight through the feet of a defenseman onto the stick of his linemate for a great scoring chance. The defenseman? Nicklas Lidstrom.

-- Francis Lemieux, a 24-year-old three-year veteran of the AHL showed an excellent offensive game in camp. He's a Grand Rapids contract player.

-- Wait until you see Marian Hossa's defensive game. He's not Pavel Datsyuk, but he's excellent. With his speed and size, Hossa ran several opponents off the puck on the backcheck.

-- Darren McCarty has outplayed Aaron Downey in camp. There's a long way to go until the roster is named though.

-- Ville Leino looked excellent in the scrimmages, always around the puck and defensively responsible. He wasn't nearly as noticeable in tonight's Howe/Lindsay game, however, with a higher talent level.

-- Logan Pyett is a defenseman to watch. For a player who built a reputation with great offense, Pyett is quite good in the defensive zone.


Blogger Bob said...

I think simply no one can equal Datsyuk's defensive game. But I'm anxious to see Hossa come close.

September 23, 2008 at 7:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will the wings be playing with their normal roster tomorrow night?

September 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM 
Anonymous lilja4mvp said...

great to have you back for another year, bruce. you're invaluable to the wings community.

September 23, 2008 at 10:00 PM 
Anonymous Blake said...

How badly was downey outplayed by mac?

How did Kolosov look? all i heard about him was his nack for big hits, but i've heard 0 buzz out of him from camp.

Strong Buzz from Leino, Enough where you think he earns a Wings roster spot?

Just a few questions :S

September 23, 2008 at 11:29 PM 
Blogger bprince said...

Sooo... who won and what was the score?

September 23, 2008 at 11:43 PM 

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