GM Steve Yzerman made 11 picks in his first draft since taking control of the Red Wings. Filmed June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Mark your calendars: the dates for the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp has been released.
As usual it’ll be held at Traverse City, where the Wings have absconded to for 21 seasons to prepare for the grind of the regular season. Main camp runs Sept. 13-16, highlighted by the Red-White game on Sept. 15, but the younger generation will be there starting Sept. 6 for the annual prospects tournament.
There’s also the alumni and celebrity game, scheduled for Sept. 14 at Centre Ice Arena — former general manager Ken Holland, a former goaltender, used to play. Might the new guy, Steve Yzerman, take a shift? A full roster will be announced at a later date, according to the Wings.
Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson (19) and Detroit Red Wings right wing Filip Zadina (11) battle for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee, AP)
Yzerman might be too busy evaluating talent. While the better competition for jobs arrives with the nine-game exhibition season, training camp offers a chance to see how fit players are, their compete level even just in scrimmages. Usually players have been divided into three teams, each a mix of NHL-tested talent and hopefuls. Those rosters are usually released a day or two before camp begins.
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The Wings have several prospects expected to compete for jobs, including 2018 first-round picks Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno, 2017 first-round pick Michael Rasmussen, and 2015 first-rounder Evgeny Svechnikov.
The prospects tournament features two four-team divisions, with a round-robin format leading up to a crossover the final day of the tournament featuring the first-place finishers in each division. Joining the Wings are prospects teams from the Chicago Blackhawks, defending tournament-champion Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Per the Wings, tickets go on sale 10 a.m. July 16 and are available online at centreice.org/drwtickets and will also be available the day of events at Centre Ice Arena.
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