Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Wings' youngsters shine in win over Blackhawks
Detroit - the youth movement The Red Wings were in the forefront against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in a 6-3 exhibition.
The problem is, it was not true Blackhawks they faced. They were much like the Rockford Ice Hogs, AHL affiliate of Chicago.
In a preseason where the hockey World Cup took stars and regulars out lists of NHL contenders perennial Stanley Cup as the Blackhawks are judicious in their use of their "big pieces", it is more hard to say how good players like Martin Frk, Anthony Mantha, Ryan Sproul and other play - even if they had the good Sunday air.
Frk, who must clear waivers to return to Grand Rapids, had a goal and an assist. Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and an assist.
Using his new body mass, seven to eight meals per day-all-been, Mantha scored one of the slot, looking not unlike Tomas Holmstrom.
Sproul, a defender with at least part of the offensive capabilities Wings looking to launch their ex quick strike attack, had two assists.
Dylan Larkin also scored for the fashion Wings Henrik Zetterberg-like, banking a shot on the back of a goalkeeper and in.
Just 59 seconds in the case of the Red Wings got a highly qualified Luke Glendening goal on a blind flow Steve Ott, who deftly Glendening exclude his left skate to his stick and fired in.
Danny DeKeyser had a goal point, assisted by Brendan Smith and Tyler Bertuzzi.
With a significant portion of the solid fan base of the team in their corner, judging by social media and fan reaction to Joe Louis Arena, it can feel like a heady time for young players.
But they are more aware of their situation by trying to break into the NHL.
Coach Jeff Blashill Wings said it is what it is.
"Obviously, I have spoken of this preseason batch queues that you face are very different that we will face in a little over a week," said Blashill, reiterating a point he had done after the morning training 11 hours earlier.
"I thought there were things we did good. There were some outbreaks we've done a very good job with it," he said.
"I thought at times we were a little erratic ... Obviously, you give up two breakaways flat on: It's not good enough."
Both Alexandre Fortin and Brandon Mashinter scored on long breakaways ice near the center against Petr Mrázek - which was almost not tested in its first game of the World Cup of Hockey, except when his teammates leave Blackhawks skate 100 feet by them -Same right to their enclosure.
Frk was pleased with his performance, but there is a big chance that the 22-year-old Czech - 23 Wednesday - is auditioning for another NHL team.
"I am happy because I can play in preseason games and I get a chance to be in that locker room and, you know, fans and enjoy playing in front of a big crowd," said Frk after.
"I am a goal and an assist, so for me it was good. But for the team, it was perfect. You want to keep winning. "
Frk said he has worked hard over the summer.
"Fortunately, I do well. I do not know. You have to ask the coaches how I do."