On Friday, September 15, the NHL season officially kicks off when the Detroit Red Wings have their first training camp practice in Traverse City, Michigan, at Centre Ice Arena.
Here’s a full look at the training camp schedule.
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So, who will we see take the ice as the Red Wings prepare for the 2017–18 season? Of the 74 players, there will be 41 forwards, 25 defensemen, and eight goalies. According to the Red Wings, here’s a look at the team rosters for training camp:
Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, Tyler Bertuzzi, Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, P.A. Parenteau, Riley Sheahan, Ben Street, Tomas Tatar, Luke Witkowski, Henrik Zetterberg
Defensemen: Dennis Cholowski, Trevor Daley, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Green, Nick Jensen, Niklas Kronwall, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul
Goalies: Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek
Forwards: David Booth, Colin Campbell, Corey Elkins, Turner Elson, Luke Esposito, Matt Ford, Martin Frk, Axel Holmstrom, Matt Lorito, Dylan Sadowy, Dominik Shine, Evgeny Svechnikov, Eric Tangradi, Dominic Turgeon
Defensemen: Joe Hicketts, Filip Hronek, Brian Lashoff, Pat McCarron, Dylan McIlrath, Dan Renouf, Robbie Russo, Vili Saarijarvi
Goalies: Jared Coreau, Matej Machovsky, Tom McCollum
Forwards: Mike Borkowski, Austen Brassard, Oliver Castleman, Connor Crisp, Zach Gallant, Brady Gilmour, Isaac Johnson, Sean Josling, Luke Kutkevicius, Zach Nastasiuk, Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith, Lane Zablocki
Defensemen: Marcus Crawford, Simon Denis, Evan Fiala, Cole Fraser, Jordan Sambrook, Libor Sulak, Kevin Tansey, Reilly Webb
Goalies: Corbin Boes, Kaden Fulcher, Pat Nagle
At this point, it comes as no surprise that Andreas Athanasiou is missing from the above lists. As time begins to run out, it’s looking more and more like Athanasiou will be leaving the Wings for the KHL this season, as the two sides have been unable to come to a salary agreement. Perhaps the extra salary cap room will give youngster Tyler Bertuzzi a spot on the 23-man roster.
The extra money has also given veterans P.A. Parenteau and David Booth a shot at making the team, as both are on professional tryout agreements with the organization.
Training camp wraps up on Monday, September 18, with the Red and White Game, before the team heads to Boston to kick off the preseason with three road games (Pittsburgh and then Chicago to wrap it up). The Red Wings preseason home opener at the brand new Little Ceasars Arena will take place Saturday, September 23, against the Bruins at 7 p.m.
The 2016–17 season ended in disappointment as the Red Wings’ playoff streak came to an end. After 25 consecutive playoff appearances, the Wings ended the season with a 33-36 record and just 79 points. After that, we said goodbye to the Joe, having already mourned the loss of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. All in all, it was a tough season. So we can only go up from there, right?
Well, the Wings are tied for the worst odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Along with the first-year Vegas Golden Knights, the Arizona Coyotes, the New Jersey Devils, the Vancouver Canucks, and our Detroit Red Wings all have 100-1 odds of winning the Cup. Ouch.