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Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Lines

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This comes via Ansar Khan's Twitter feed this morning:

Here's the picture turned sideways for ease:


Some interesting notes which could mean nothing, but we're still several weeks from the start of the season, so we might as well spend some time reading tea leaves:

  • Samuelsson and Tootoo aren't with one of the five centers (or four healthy centers) the Wings will likely to be carrying out of camp. It's possible that Miller is acting as a placeholder for Emmerton and Eaves, who many think could be trade/waiver targets, but with Darren Helm looking like he's going to miss all of camp, I'm less convinced Emmerton is gone.
  • Just about everybody figured the top lines would consist of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader and Franzen-Weiss-Alfredsson. this seems to confirm that.
  • The Nyquist-Andersson-Bertuzzi line is interesting, but not as interesting as Tomas Tatar starting camp with two Griffins players as kind of an odd-man out. I mean, Bert wouldn't do that either, it's just interesting to me. Of course, Tatar is playing with what might be the two Griffins forwards who are most-ready for NHL minutes, so there's that to consider.
  • Of the seven D-men we're expecting to be on the roster, Brian Lashoff is the one who isn't paired with another of the group. I've got him as 7th on the Wings' defensive depth chart, so this makes sense. I like the Kindl-Dekeyser pairing because it lets both of those guys set the offensive/stay-at-home role for which they seem to be suited.

In case you missed it, Helm talked to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about how he feels.

Get better soon, Darren.