Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Day 1 Interviews

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 27: Dylan Larkin
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 27: Dylan Larkin /

The Detroit Red Wings held their first on-ice training session on Friday as the players begin the four-day training camp.

Dylan Larkin talked to the media as he looks to start his way towards a solid season offensively. The 22-year-old center will have lots of eyes on him after a rough sophomore season in the National Hockey League.

Larkin clearly believes his participation in the 2017 IIHF World Championships helped his game in the offseason. He was one of the top offensive players for Team USA and he certainly showed why he is a special player.

Head coach Jeff Blashill was optimistic about Larkin in his interview with the media. He also talked briefly about Trevor Daley who was a popular topic of discussion on day one.

Daley seemed happy with his pairing with Danny DeKeyser. He talks about his initial chemistry with DeKeyser as linemates.

DeKeyser had a big first day as he earned himself a new ride after sinking a hole in one at the team golf outing on Thursday.

Training Camp Tidbits

In other news, defenseman Ryan Sproul did not clear team physicals as he continues to recover from knee surgery. He will have limited activity at the training camp.

Niklas Kronwall did not skate on Friday with the team. The Red Wings staff is making sure he gets limited ice time.

No word yet from Andreas Athanasiou on his decision on whether to make the move to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia or stay in Detroit. He, of course, did not participate in the training session as a result.

Petr Mrazek’s mask got some attention and rightly so.

Lastly, Henrik Zetterberg sounds like he could potentially stay put for the remainder of his contract after reports surfaced from Sweden that he may retire beforehand.

Stay tuned for more from the Red Wings 2017 training camp.