In Red Wings Land
I think TEd did a nice job with his 10 key questions here. Make sure to check out his answers to each of them in the link above. Meanwhile, here my answers for each question too.
1. Will Dylan Larkin be captain?
Yes. JK! Wings rolling with four alternate captains this season.
2. Will Zadina make opening night roster?
3. Will Veleno make a run toward NHL job?
He’ll make a really strong run, but will start in Grand Rapids. Don’t worry to much though because I think he’ll be with the Red Wings sooner rather than later.
4. What’s the health of the defensemen?
5. Where will Seider call home opening night?
Probably Grand Rapids.
6. How does Svechnikov look?
Good enough to make the opening night roster.
7. What is Abdelkader’s role?
4th liner with a very short leash.
8. Who is Oliwer Kaski?
A Finnish defenseman.
9. How does the goaltending shake out?
Status quo. Jimmy Howard will likely be the starter with Jonathan Bernier backing him up. Ride the hot goalie.
10. Can Hirose sustain his performance?
I absolutely believe that he can continue the success he had late last season.
Around the League
This is such a great story about a Coyotes prospect from inner-city Detroit. Please take some time to give it a read today. It’s well worth your time.
New feature for @theScore — Drove to Detroit last month with @nickk_roy to hang out with Jalen Smereck for a day. Turns out he's one of the most interesting prospects in the sport. Story and video on Smereck's complicated relationship with hockey, home:https://t.co/RQyfyXOVhi— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) September 11, 2019