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 forwards in the Detroit Red Wings organization, no camp invites allowed here.
Andreas Athanasiou was the fastest player on the ice during the development camp and he knows how to use it to his advantage. He can beat players to the outside and puts his speed into his shot.
While the speed is good, he needs to learn how to play more controlled. When he is skating hard, he loses control of the puck and the defenseman can easily clear it or he loses his balance and crashes into the boards. Reminds me of Luis Mendoza from the Mighty Ducks.
The meathead of the group, Tyler Bertuzzi, really impressed me during the drills, but not so much during the scrimmage. As I have mentioned before Bertuzzi was awful and careless during the first half of the scrimmage and ended up hurting David Pope, the Wings 4th round pick.
During drills he was a bit stiff, but used his body well to shield the puck and separate opponents from the puck. He does have to work on his puck control a bit, but that will improve with time.
Philippe Hudon might have had the third best shot out of all the players at the Red Wings Development Camp, but all the other aspects to his game still need work. He showed poor decision-making skills during the scrimmage by cutting off his own player who was trying to break out of the zone, the puck ended up being turned over and the other team was able to create a scoring chance.
Hudon is heading back to the CHL as an overage player and will have to prove himself next season if he wants a contract from Detroit.
Last years 7th round pick, Rasmus Bodin, put on a lot of weight over the past season and is filling into his 6’6″ frame well. He has started to use his body better, but he didn’t overly impress me at any point during development camp. Has good puck possession at slower speeds, but once at full speed he has a hard time holding onto the puck.
He is still very raw and there a long way to go for him, but he is on the right track.
Athanasiou and Bertuzzi will most likely head to the AHL in the next couple of seasons, but for Hudon and Bodin it will be much harder because they are both still very raw in their development. Only time will tell if these players will end up in Detroit, but the future is bright.
In case you missed it, The Forwards Part One.
Next we will take a look at the defensemen who attended the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp.