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Detroit Red Wings preparing for excitement of development camp |

It's almost that time of year again, time for the annual Detroit Red Wings’ development camp in Traverse City. This year’s tournament will feature at least 45 of Detroit’s prospects, including all 11 of the Wings’ 2017 draft picks.

The annual development camp is always an exciting time for the Detroit Red Wings organization.

It doesn't matter if the Red Wings are coming off a Stanley Cup championship - something they've done four times since 1997 - or if they've missed the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons as is the case this year.

The development camp is a time for optimism as the Red Wings' latest crop of draft picks, minor-league prospects and free agents gather in Traverse City to give everybody a glimpse of what might be in store for the Original Six club.

It's a time to get excited about the future.

Exciting times indeed. The development camp gives many their first chance to see some of the Red Wings’ prospects in action. This year’s camp will feature 21 forwards 19 defensemen, and six goalies. One of the attendees will be Detroit’s fifth round pick from 2016, defenseman, Jordan Sambrook. I conducted an interview with Jordan a few weeks ago and asked him his thoughts as he prepared for his second camp with the Wings, here’s the link:

An Interview With Red Wings’ Prospect Jordan Sambrook - Winging It In Motown

Around The League

Connor McDavid felt guilty, took less on massive new Oilers contract

What's not to love about Connor McDavid? Not only is he leading the way for future young stars in the NHL, but he’s also taking less money to and try ensure a better future for his Edmonton Oilers.

“Connor has been unwavering in his commitment to the Oilers for the maximum of eight years. Connor didn’t stray from that. Neither did we,” said GM Peter Chiarelli.

The money was obviously flexible. TSN’s Bob McKenzie heard that McDavid wasn’t comfortable with the initial salary cap hit, which spawned a cottage industry of stories about how the percentage of the cap he’d devour would adversely impact the ability of the Oilers to build a winning team.

So apparently, McDavid agreed to take about $750,000 less annually. Which isn’t a lot, but is the kind of wiggle room you need to build a championship or keep it together.

Either way, McDavid will become the highest paid player in 2018-19 when his new contract kicks in.