Training Camp Thoughts

DETROIT – While Red Wings players will use Traverse City as a home base over the next 48 hours, going through morning skates before traveling to road preseason games, I’m back here in the D.

Just some thoughts:

– Mike Babcock seems to really like Gustav Nyquist, who scored in Tuesday’s Red & White game. The University of Maine product was named a Hobey Baker finalist in 2011.

– We wouldn’t be able to do anything in Traverse City without the help of the numerous volunteers who gave up their time to make the Prospects Tournament and Training Camp a success.

– It was great to meet Kyle Kujawa, who just landed a full-time job in the Grand Rapids PR department. Once upon a time, Kyle ran ‘Babcock’s Death Stare’, proving once again that you can turn blogging into a legitimate sports job.

– Tomas Holmstrom on what he’s seen throughout the first few days in Traverse City.

“I think we have lots of speed, lots of young, good kids. We just have to be healthy, have good preseason games and be ready for game one.”

– For Drew Miller, and others, like GM Ken Holland, getting off to a good start is critical.

“You want to get as many wins as you can in October and November,” Miller said. “You want to stockpile those, because at the end of the season, teams who have a lot of wins at the beginning aren’t fighting for their life to get into the playoffs.”

  • Ted Kulfan has your lines for tonight’s preseason opener in Pittsburgh.
  • The NHL now has a social media policy. Our friends at the Nightmare on Helm Street put it in perspective.
  • On the Wings has some quick thoughts from camp. Well worth the read.
  • The biggest off-ice story of the upcoming season is going to be potential realignment, with your Red Wings right in the middle of it. Puck Daddy takes a look at the latest on that front.
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About Jake Duhaime

Social Networking Manager for the Detroit Red Wings
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