The last breakdown of players who attended the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp.
Today we will take a look at the defensemen who need more seasoning before heading to the AHL or NHL and a camp invitee who could see and AHL or ECHL contract heading his way.
This years sixth round draft pick, Marc McNulty, is a forward in a defensemans body. When you see a 6’6″ defenseman drafted in the 6th round the mind immediately think of a big burly defensive defenseman, but McNulty is anything but that. He is naturally gifted offensive defenseman, who likes to join and lead the offensive rush. He is able to lead the rush because of his naturally gifted hands, which help him keep control of the puck in any circumstance.
McNulty still has to fill out his 6’6″ frame because at 185 pounds he is a bit of a bean pole, but that will come with time. There is a lot to like about McNulty and if he continues to develop we will see him in Detroit soon.
James De Haas is a 6’4″ behemoth on the defensive line and he uses his size very well. He is not only a big body though, he possess good speed, a quick stick, and slick hands. He is defensively responsible and keeps himself between the puck and the net very well. As with all defensive minded defensemen, when you do not notice De Haas it means he is having a very good game.
De Haas is a better defensive defenseman than an offensive player, but he will have to focus on producing more. To do that he will have to work on his shot, which is not powerful enough yet, but if he can keep his shots low it would work very well for a tip.
Now on to the camp invitee who really impressed me, not only with his size, but with his play, Ildar Telykov. Telykov was the biggest guy on the ice during the Development Camp at 6’9″ and 240 pounds and boy did he use his size well.
When talking about players this size people tend to worry about their skating abilities, but Telykov is a good skater albeit a bit slow. Telykov will have to work on adjusting to the smaller rink, but he could be in line for an AHL or ECHL contract soon.
With our look at the Red Wings Development Camp over, we will start to look back at the past season and next season, along with a lock at the Sochi Olympic Games.