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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings getting younger, looking toward future |

General manager Ken Holland said Monday the Red Wings will give forwards Evgeny Svechnikov, 21, Michael Rasmussen, 19, and Zadina, 18, each a good chance to make the NHL roster in training camp and preseason.

”They’re going to play all preseason -- probably five, six games -- and then we’ll make the decision,” Holland said. “But probably one of those kids … will make the team. Maybe two. Maybe three. We’ll see.”

All three please. Find a way to make it work.

There is room for youth on defense, too. If Mike Green leaves as an unrestricted free agent, Holland will try to add another veteran. Still, with the buyout of Xavier Ouellet, that leaves at least one spot for a younger player like Joe Hicketts, 22, Vili Saarijarvi, 21, Dennis Cholowski, 20, and Filip Hronek, 20.

”If two kids make it, then we’ll carry eight (defensemen) and we’ll have two kids on the team,” Holland said.

I’d rather not add another veteran. Let Mike Green go elsewhere. This team doesn’t need another vet. They have plenty already. There should be two kids on the opening night roster and the team shouldn’t have to worry about carrying eight defensemen.

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Good thoughts as always from Elliotte Friedman. There’s plenty from NHL Draft weekend to think about.