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Detroit Red Wings Development Camp: Jared Coreau and Justin Verlander

Jared Coreau was signed by the Detroit Red Wings in 2013 as an undrafted free agent after his third season with Northern Michigan University.

At least years Detroit Red Wings Development Camp, Jared Coreau attended and went through goalie drills, but was recovering from a shoulder surgery and was not able to take part in the practices with the team.

When I asked Jared what it was like being able to participate this year he said, “It’s a lot better. Just being around the guys more, cause last year I would see them in the dressing room for twenty minutes and then go on the ice with the goalies, then come back in all by myself. So yeah it’s definitely [better], not just in terms of participating and everything, but being with everyone else.”

After not being able to participate or being able to enjoy the comradery in the dressing room, Jared Coreau went on to have a forgettable season with the Toledo Walleye and Grand Rapids Griffins, which led to him only recording one victory in twenty-five games.

Coreau knew heading into the off-season that he was going to have to work hard to improve his game.

When asked what he has worked on to improve and have a stronger season next year Jared Coreau said, “Biggest thing is just those fine little things in my game, so managing my depth, more glove saves, more under control with my blocker. You know that is just in term of playing, but mentally you know you are going to get scored on, Jimmy Howard get scored on, Henrik Lundqvist gets scored on,and I think for me I’d get scored on this [past] year and if it was early I would think about it too much. So the biggest thing is just moving on, moving forward, that is what pro hockey is. So what you had a bad year, good year, now it is a new year.”

You can tell that Jared Coreau has been working on his positioning and movement on the ice because of how smooth he can be when getting down into the butterfly and moving from post to post. Out of the four goaltenders at development camp, Coreau is by far the smoothest on the ice.

The other thing Jared Coreau has going for him is his size and at 6’5″ only Jonas Gustavsson rivals him in that department. Just before the beginning of the Tomas Holmstrom Drills, one of the coaches said that they wanted to see the goaltender having to move their body and head to see around the player in front of the net, but then remarked, “Except for Coreau because he is huge and can see over top of you.”

After talking to Coreau about his game and what he needed to improve to have a better season next year, we moved the conversation on to this infamous tweet.


Coreau said, “I was in Detroit for a morning skate and I was waiting by the elevators and a couple of girls they look at me, they’re staring and then the one says, ‘Excuse me are you Justin Verlander?’ And I think they were in like Seattle at the time, so, I mean maybe if they were in Detroit I would have said yeah, but they were on the road so he wouldn’t be here. I mean he is a good-looking guy, so it is good news for me.”

There is a lot to like about Jared Coreau and if he can put together a solid season with Toledo and Grand Rapids, he would boost his stock in the Red Wings’ system.

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