The Detroit Red Wings have hit the ice for their 2015-16 training camp. As with every training camp, the Red Wings are split into 3 squads and will feature some tentative line combinations.
Here are the lines and defense pairing for Team Delvecchio:
Darren Helm – Brad Richards – Tomas Tatar
Johan Franzen – Riley Sheahan – Luke Glendening
Eric Tangradi – Tomas Nosek – Mark Zengerle
Adam Marsh – Zach Nastasiuk – Colin Campbell
Danny DeKeyser – Mike Green
Brian Lashoff – Ryan Sproul
Richard Nedomlel – Scott Czarnowczan
Ty Stanton – Jared Nightingale
It looks like with no Pavel Datsyuk, that Richards will center a line with Helm and Tatar. Datsyuk was flanked by these two for a long period of time last year. This line could very well change when Datsyuk is healthy, re-uniting him and Zetterberg as the top line with Abdelkader.
The more interesting combination is a likely 3rd line of Franzen, Sheahan and Glendening. It will be interesting to see how this combination works out. If they remain together, this 3rd line could be a nightmare for opposing teams. They have a great combination of size and skill. It will be interesting to see how Glendening adjusts to playing on the wing, and if Johan Franzen can remain healthy.
Here is what Team Howe looks like:
Tomas Jurco – Dylan Larkin – Teemu Pulkkinen
Daniel Cleary – Andy Miele – Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi – Andreas Athanasiou – Mitch Callahan
Evgeny Svechnikov – Dominic Turgeon – Marek Tvrdon
Kyle Quincey – Alexey Marchenko
Xavier Ouellet – Nick Jensen
Nathan Paetsch – Robbie Russo
Andrew Prochno – Justin Lemcke
This squad is definitely the youngest and I am really excited to see the combination of Larkin, Pulkkinen and Jurco. This could very well be a huge line in the near future for the Red Wings. It will be interesting to see how Blashill uses Tomas Jurco this season, as Mike Babcock was quite content using him as a grinder. Jurco possesses great speed and skill combined with size and I believe that he will get more opportunity to show that off this season.
The defense pairing of Quincey and Marchenko would seem to have the edge as the third pairing for the Wings this season, but with Blashill behind the bench, you have to think that they are competing directly with the pairing of Smith and Kindl on Team Lindsay.
Here is a look at Team Lindsay:
Justin Abdelkader – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist
Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Landon Ferraro
Jeff Hoggan – Louis Marc Aubry – Martin Frk
Evan Polei – Conor McGlynn – Nick Betz
Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith – Jakub Kindl
Joe Hicketts – Vili Saarijarvi
Jarrett Meyer – Jalen Chatfield
Team Lindsay features the potential first line of the Red Wings with Zetterberg flanked by Nyquist and Abdelkader. Again, this was a line that was used a lot last year and may very well be a placeholder for when Datsyuk comes back.
We also see the potential 4th line here with Andersson centering Ferraro and Miller. I am still not sold on Andersson and I would much rather see someone like Mitch Callahan get his shot on the Wings’ 4th line. While Andersson has improved his skating stride, I just don’t see much upside in him. He also does not play a physical game.
Nation, what do you think about the potential lines that Blashill is going with early on in training camp?