May 27, 2014 at 1:00 am

Red Wings GM Ken Holland looks for a gem at draft combine

Ken Holland will be speaking soon to the agent for David Legwand, who is a potential unrestricted free agent. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)

Detroit — Ken Holland has his sights set on 119 prospects at this week’s NHL combine in Toronto.

The Red Wings general manager, who will be joined by his amateur scouts at the combine, is hoping to find that next up-and-coming player that can make an impact on the organization.

“We’re in a room here, and every 20 minutes or so, another young player comes in and we have an opportunity to interview him and get to know him better,” Holland said.

And, just like the NFL and NBA combines, the NHL’s combine features a fitness component on Saturday.

Players will be tested on overhand pull-ups, single leg squats (both legs) and agility.

Holland said Jiri Fischer, director of player development, along with the team’s strength and conditioning coordinators, will oversee the fitness testing.

The Red Wings have the 15th pick in the draft June 27, with rounds 2-7 on June 28.

Planning for summer

Holland is bringing in his pro scouts next week for several days of meetings to examine every team in the league, assess players, and set a plan for the summer.

In addition, Holland said he’ll contact representatives for Red Wings unrestricted free agents to let them know their status.

Forwards David Legwand, Daniel Alfredsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson; defenseman Kyle Quincey; and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson are potential unrestricted free agents.

It’s likely Alfredsson, who at 41 could retire, and Gustavsson are the only two of the group the Red Wings would consider bringing back.

Ice chips

Holland spent last week at the Memorial Cup playoffs, watching prospects Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha, last year’s first-round pick, was the Canadian Hockey League player of the year.

The 6-foot-5, 204-pound forward finished with 158 points (81 goals) for Val d’Or in the Quebec League.

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