Player News - Red Wings

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Steve Ott scored a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

Ott isn't known for his scoring ability, but he stood out as a veteran playing against some inexperienced guys on the other side. His first period goal gave the Wings a 2-0 lead in the game. He assisted on goals by Luke Glendening and Drew Miller. Ott will likely be on Detroit's roster once training camp breaks, but don't expect him to have any value in standard fantasy leagues. He's more of an bottom-six agitator.
Sep 28 - 10:32 PM

Evgeni Svechnikov scored the game-winning goal in Detroit's 4-2 exhibition match against Pittsburgh.

Coach Jeff Blashill likes Svechnikov's ability to make plays, but he is trying to get him to shoot more. He skated in two playoff games with Grand Rapids last year and he is expected to play his first full season in the AHL in 2016-17.
Sep 28 - 10:08 AM

Tomas Tatar scored in Team Europe's 3-1 loss to Team Canada on Tuesday night.

Europe managed to keep the game close for the most part, but they'll be facing elimination on Thursday night. Tatar cut Canada's lead to 2-1 at the 7:00 mark of the second period. Dennis Seidenberg and Anze Kopitar assisted on the team's only goal. Tatar has scored three goals in his last two World Cup matches.
Sep 27 - 11:19 PM

Mitchell Callahan scored a pair of goals in Detroit's 4-2 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Callahan opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period and extended the Wings' lead to 2-0 in the second frame. The 25-year-old spent all of last season in the minors. There's a good chance he'll be in Grand Rapids again this year.
Sep 27 - 10:34 PM

Steve Ott is ready to compete for his roster spot on the Red Wings.

"There are great players on this team, and I want to make sure that I have earned a spot here and pushed the young guys out and continue to earn my spot," Ott said. "I am looking to hopefully have a good year this year and have more years left in my career. For an older guy, I don't want my job to be stolen yet, so I'm going to be pushing extremely hard." He skated with Drew Miller and Luke Glendening on Monday at practice. Ott intends to make an impact in Detroit's exhibition schedule.
Sep 27 - 10:11 AM

Givani Smith led in most of Sunday's skating tests with Detroit.

"The thing about Givani that impressed me is that he has an idea of what is going to separate him from the rest of the crew," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He knows he’s not going to maybe toe-drag as well as some other guys, but he's going to be physical and he's going to go to the net-front to produce offense. Guys that like to do that are few and far between. He seems to like to do that, so that’s a positive for him." Blashill plans to give Smith a chance to show what he can do in a preseason game. Smith was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft after recording 42 points and 146 penalty minutes in 65 OHL contests.
Sep 26 - 10:46 AM

Xavier Ouellet might have the inside track in the battle to earn one of Detroit's last defensive roster spots.

"When Ouellet is playing his best hockey he’s very good defensively and manages his game real well," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He makes good outlet passes without trying to do too much. He doesn’t turn the puck over." Ouellet can't be sent back to the AHL before first being exposed to waivers, which he might not clear. The 23-year-old had 29 points and 66 penalty minutes in 61 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Sep 26 - 10:43 AM

With his overtime marker at just 3:43, Tomas Tatar sends Team Europe past Sweden and into the World Cup final against Canada.

It was Tatar's second tally of the game, in fact. Both were off of self-generated rebounds at the mouth of the crease. Tatar and the rest of Europe will take on Canada in the best-of-three series to take home the gold.
Sep 25 - 4:07 PM

Dylan Larkin, who has just returned from the World Cup of Hockey tournament, has added muscle this off-season and seems to be in terrific shape.

Larkin, who has put on five pounds of muscle in order to help him withstand the rigors of a long NHL season, is enthusiastic about shifting from wing to center this campaign. "He’s been a center most of his career", said Detroit coach Jeff Blashill. "He learned a lot of important lessons last year on the wing. He got a chance to watch two of the best two-way centers in the history of the game in Pavel and Hank. He’s a fast learner, so I’ve got lots of trust in him. The thing that, to me, that can really separate Dylan is his competitive fire and desire. He wants to prove that he is one of the best players." We don't expect a sophomore jinx from Larkin and wouldn't be surprised if he upped his point totals from 45 to the 60-range in 2016-17.
Sep 25 - 8:49 AM

Ryan Sproul is hoping to "step up" during Red Wings training camp.

"They are looking for guys to step up here in this camp and that's my goal, step up, and make it hard for them to send me down or even put me on waivers in the first place," Sproul said after practice at Centre Ice Arena. "I need to definitely be shooting the puck in the preseason a lot and using that to my advantage." Sproul produced 12 goals and 35 points in 75 games in the AHL last year, but failed to earn a look in Detroit. The fact that he has to go through waivers if he's sent down to the minors might play in his favor.
Sep 24 - 11:36 AM

The Detroit Red Wings would like to see Tyler Bertuzzi put together a strong full season in the AHL.

There's been some discussion about Bertuzzi possibly sticking with the Red Wings out of training camp, but it sounds more and more like he'll spend most of the 2016-17 season in the AHL. "He had half a season where he played good in the American League," head coach Jeff Blashill said. "Let’s have a full season. Let’s not rush it if it doesn’t need to. He’ll have a chance in the preseason where he can say he’s real close or not close, and we’ll see."
Sep 24 - 11:27 AM

Ryan Sproul has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

In the first season of Sproul's deal, it's two-ways and he can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level. However, it becomes a one-way contract for the second campaign, so he'll earn $650,000 regardless of where he plays. He had 12 goals and 35 points in 75 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Sep 23 - 6:14 PM

Daniel Cleary has inked a one-year deal with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Griffins are affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings. It might sound surprising that a 37-year-old with 938 games worth of NHL experience under his belt has agreed to an AHL-only contract, but it is consistent with what Cleary had discussed over the summer. Cleary spent time with the Griffins last season and enjoyed being a mentor to young players. In a way, Cleary might end up being a mixture between a player and a development coach with the Grand Rapids and we imagine that the Red Wings are happy to have someone with his level of experience around to guide their prospects.
Sep 23 - 12:13 PM

Gustav Nyquist wants to get back on track this season.

"I'm just excited to get back at it and have a good bounce-back year," said Nyquist. "I didn't score enough goals last year and it's something I want to improve. For sure, a part of my game is to score goals and hopefully I'll be able to do that." He scored 28 goals in 2013-14 and 27 markers in 2014-15 before recording just 17 last season. As a result, Nyquist slipped to 43 points in 82 games.
Sep 23 - 8:23 AM

Drew Miller is ready to battle for a spot on Detroit's roster after recovering from major knee surgery.

He underwent the procedure in January and missed the last 40 games of the regular season as well as the playoffs. "Every year you come to camp, that's the discussion," Miller said. "You are always fighting for minutes. I have to prove myself again and show that my knee is ready to go. I do feel I have a spot on this team and that I can contribute."
Sep 23 - 8:11 AM

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