For the next couple of days we will be breaking down the players at the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp per their position.
Today we will be taking a look at some of the forward in the Detroit Red Wings organization, no camp invites allowed here.
Martin Frk is the biggest name at camp this year, well besides Darren Helm, and he is backing it up. He is a bit tired after winning the Memorial Cup with the Haifax Moosehead, but he is keeping up with or excelling in the skating drills.
During the Scrimmage he was always looking for an open lane in the slot to sit in and when he would receive the pass, the puck would explode off of his stick.
With Halifax he did not have to be very defensively responsible and it showed up in his game tape. In the scrimmage, though, he showed that he cannot only defend well, but that he is more developed in that area than the other forwards on the ice.
Frk is going to have a great year in Grand Rapids next season and is well on his way to making the NHL.
The second biggest name at the camp was first round draft pick, Anthony Mantha. Mantha impressed me a lot; he knows how to use his size, he has a heavy shot with a quick release, and it is very accurate. He would pick a corner and hit it nine times out of ten.
Mantha does not need to work on much on the ice, but there have been questions of his compete level. From what I saw during development camp, the experts can start crossing that off of the list because he went hard and wants be on the Red Wings roster this season.
Mantha is more than likely head back to the QMJHL and will play one more season with Val-D’or before heading to Grand Rapids or Detroit.
Marek Tvrdon, who has been looking slow and rusty during most of camp, broke out of the funk a bit during yesterdays practice. Tvrdon is coming off of yet another injury, which might be an indication of what is to come from him, but he is still young.
Tvrdon has learned to use his body more and compared to last years camp he is miles a ahead of where he was. It seems that his mind is quicker than his body right now, but that could just be because he is recovering from injury.
The best asset that Tvrdon has is his shot and it might be even better this year. He possesses a quick release and the puck comes off hard.
The Red Wings second round pick, Zach Nastasuik, was mostly invisible during the scrimmage on July 12th, but he did show flashes.
During drills he was not a cut above the rest, but he was not falling behind either; where he really showed up was in the skill drills. When it came to puck handling or keep away drills, he could not only keep the puck away from the defender, but he would make them look a bit silly when they went for the puck
Nastasuik will spend another season in the OHL with Owen Sound.
The Detroit Red Wings have a lot of talent staked up in the forward position and with the additions of Mantha and Nastasuik to the prospect pool it proves that the Wings prefer to reload rather than rebuild.