The Detroit Red Wings prospects are currently in Traverse City for the Development Camp.
Let’s start with the bad plays and get them out of the way, do not worry there is only one.
It seems that Tyler Bertuzzi did not learn anything after hurting Nick Jensen on Thursday, as he went into yesterdays scrimmage with a chip on his shoulder where his head should have been.
Tyler Bertuzzi is a physical player, but was not using his brain to go along with it; he was taking runs at other players, dishing out late hits, and scraping away from the puck. One of those scraps ended with David Pope being excommunicated and sent to the dressing room with an injury.
After the first half, Bertuzzi was allegedly talked to about his play in the first and he changed his tune in the second. He played smart and physical, which led to multiple turnovers and a few scoring opportunities. Let’s just hope we continue to see the Bertuzzi from the second half of the scrimmage and not the first.
Continuing with the Red Wings current draft picks, Anthony Martha had a fantastic game on a line with Zach Nastasuik and Martin Frk. He was one of the only players who consistently took the puck to the net and made life difficult for the goaltender. While Mantha taking the puck t the net is a good thing, he is even more dangerous from further away because of the strong accurate shot he possesses.
Speaking on Zach Nastasuik, he won most of his face-offs during the scrimmage and showed off some smooth stick skills in the shootout after. During the game he was pretty invisible, but when you are in between Mantha and Frk that will happen.
Marc McNulty the 6th round draft pick by the Red Wings showed a lot of promise during the game as well. When people see 6’6″ on the roster sheet the mind immediately wanders to big, gritty defensive defenseman, but McNulty is not going to be a defensive defenseman. During the Scrimmage McNulty was not only joining the rush, but was the player taking the puck into the zone. He has no qualms about pinching or being an offensive defesnseman, but he did have a few lapses on defense which led to goals.
Let’s move on from recent draft picks and talk about the players who will be joining the Grand Rapids Griffins next season.
Ryan Sproul will be joining their defensive corps next season and as a right-handed shot could be tasked to take a lot of power play minutes opposite Adam Almquist. Sproul is a big player at 6’4″, but he plays smart and skates very smooth. One of the best plays he made during the scrimmage was when he was harassing a player along the boards, the player then left the puck for his teammate to pick up and go the opposite way with it, but Sproul read the play and once the teammate had the puck he was off his man and on the man with the puck in a split second.
Sproul has a big upside and an even bigger shot. I look forward to seeing what he will do in Grand Rapids next season.
Sticking with defensemen, Alexei Marchenko will be making the trip over the pond next season and there is a lot to like about the young Russian. At 6’2″ he has the size to make it, but he needs to add more strength and weight to his frame before he can reach his potential. In the scrimmage, he was a sneaky player from the point and understood when he should pinch in order to give himself a scoring opportunity.
At the end of the game Team Lidstrom beat Team Yzerman 7-1. Team Lidstrom had better defense and created more offensive chances than Team Yzerman did. But in the Shootout after the game it was Team Yzerman that pulled off the victory because Marchenko was the last man standing.