Detroit — The weather outside doesn’t feel like it, but it’s time for hockey camp again.

It’s not anything regarding the current Red Wings. But future Red Wings, or at least the organization hopes so.

The Red Wings host their annual development camp Friday through Tuesday at the Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City.

A total of 45 players — 21 forwards, 18 defensemen and six goaltenders — mainly recent draft picks, will participate in the camp, which is highlighted Sunday by an intrasquad scrimmage.

General manager Ken Holland views this camp as the “first step” for these prospects to understand what it takes to get to the NHL.

“We get to know them, learn a little about them,” Holland said. “And they get to know about us, and what it takes to become a professional, what goes into it.”

Much of the development camp deals with individual skill development.

But off-ice conditioning, power skating and nutrition are also a few of the areas that are covered.

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson and his staff, along with coaches from the organizational affiliate Toledo Walleye, will provide on-ice instruction and skill development.

Players also will take part in an NHL-level off-ice workout and attend classes designed to ease the transition from junior or college level hockey to the professional ranks.

All the while, there will be feedback from the organization to the player.

Holland said once training camp begins, there’s little time to work with young players at this level because of the importance of getting ready for the NHL season.

This summer development camp is the perfect time to offer one-on-one instruction, along with getting some of these young players ready for a pro training camp.

Holland also likes the fact there are large pockets of time where players have an opportunity to build friendships and relationships with other Red Wings prospects.

That was one of the primary reasons the organization switched the location of the camp from Joe Louis Arena to Traverse City, with so many outdoor activities available to players.

“These will be their future teammates,” Holland said. “It’s a a great time to get to know other players within the organization, off the ice, as well as at the rink.”

This year’s list of camp participants is almost entirely filled with recent draft picks.

The camp will be split in two teams — Team Zetterberg and Team Kronwall.

The two most recent first-round picks — defenseman Dennis Cholowski (2016) and Michael Rasmussen (2017) — will be in attendance.

In fact, Rasmussen will be joined by the 10 other draft picks from the 2017 Entry Draft last month.

Seven draft picks from the 2016 draft class and four from 2015 will be in Traverse City, along with two Czech Republic players signed as undrafted free agents — defenseman Libor Sulak and goaltender Matej Machovsky.

Tatar update

Forward Tomas Tatar will file for salary arbitration Thursday, a development that ensure a contract agreement will take place by early August.

Arbitration hearings are scheduled from July 20-Aug. 4 in Toronto, but teams and players rarely reach that stage, not wanting to go through a potential ugly arbitration case.

Tatar had shoulder surgery after the regular season ended, but is expected to be physically ready to start the 2017-18 season.

Tatar is eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2018, so the two sides are likely to work out a long-term contract.

Tatar, 26, scored a team-high 25 goals while playing all 82 games. Tatar could almost double the $2.75 million he earned last season, likely coming in around $5 million.

The only other Red Wings restricted free agent is forward Andreas Athanasiou, who doesn’t yet have arbitration eligibility.

Going camping

What: Red Wings Development Camp.

When: Friday-Tuesday.

Where: Centre Ice Arena, Traverse City.

Who: 45 of the organization’s top prospects, split into two teams.

Tickets: Available in-person only at Centre Ice Arena for $5 per day.



Team Zetterberg

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Video

11-11:20 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

12-12:45 p.m.: On-Ice Practice

1-1:50 p.m.: On-Ice Skills

Team Kronwall

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

11-11:20 a.m.: Video

12-12:45 p.m.: On-Ice Practice

1-1:50 p.m.: Off-Ice Workout


Team Zetterberg

9:30-9:50 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

10-10:20 a.m.: Video

11-11:45 a.m.: On-Ice Practice

12-12:50 p.m.: Off-Ice Workout

Team Kronwall

9:30-9:50 a.m.: Video

10-10:20 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

11-11:45 a.m.: On-Ice Practice

12-12:50 p.m.: On-Ice Skills


Both teams

9:20-10 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

10:30-11 a.m.: On-Ice Warm-Up

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Scrimmage

1-2 p.m.: Off-Ice Workout


Team Zetterberg

8:30-8:50 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

9-9:20 a.m.: Video

9:45-10:30 a.m.: On-Ice Practice

10:45-11:30 a.m.: On-Ice Conditioning

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Off-Ice Workout

Team Kronwall

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

11-11:20 a.m.: Video

12-12:45 p.m.: On-Ice Practice

1-1:45 p.m.: On-Ice Conditioning

2-2:45 p.m.: Off-Ice Workout


Team Zetterberg

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

11-11:20 a.m.: Video

12-12:45 p.m.: On-Ice Practice

1-1:30 p.m.: On-Ice Conditioning

1:45-2:15 p.m.: Off-Ice Workout

Team Kronwall

8:30-8:50 a.m.: Off-Ice Warm-Up

9-9:20 a.m.: Video

9:45-10:30 a.m.: On-Ice Practice

10:30-10:45 a.m.: On-Ice Conditioning

11:15-11:45 a.m.: Off-Ice Workout

Red Wings Development Camp Roster

Players listed with 2016-17 teams.


Jack Adams, Fargo (USHL)

Christoffer Ehn, Frolunda (Sweden)

Mattias Elfstrom, Malmo (Sweden)

Zach Gallant, Peterborough (OHL)

Brady Gilmour, Saginaw (OHL)

Chase Pearson, Maine (HE)

David Pope, Omaha (NCHC)

Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City (WHL)

Dylan Sadowy, Grand Rapids (AHL)

Givani Smith, Guelph (OHL)

Lane Zablocki, Regina/Red Deer (WHL)

Oliver Castleman, Niagara (OHL)

Luke Esposito, Harvard (ECAC)

Isaac Johnson, Des Moines (USHL)

Sean Josling, Sarnia (OHL)

Luke Kutkevicius, Hamilton (OHL)

Tommy Marchin, Brown (ECAC)

Michael Pastujov, U.S. National U18 Team

Dominik Shine, Northern Michigan (WCHA)

Graham Slaggert, U.S. National U18 Team

Brett Supinski, Union (ECAC)


Dennis Cholowski, St. Cloud State (NCHC)

Cole Fraser, Peterborough (OHL)

Patrick Holway, Maine (HE)

Filip Hronek, Saginaw (OHL)

Kasper Kotkansalo, Sioux Falls (USHL)

Gustav Lindstrom, Almtuna (Sweden)

Alfons Malmstrom, Orebro (Sweden)

Vili Saarijarvi, Mississauga (OHL)

Jordan Sambrook, Erie (OHL)

Malte Setkov, Malmo (Sweden)

Libor Sulak, Orli Znojmo (EBEL)

Reilly Webb, Hamilton (OHL)

Tomas Dvorak, Karlovy Vary (Czech Rep.)

Mitch Eliot, Michigan State (Bif Ten)

Evan Fiala, Spokane/Saskatoon (WHL)

Adam Larkin, Yale (ECAC)

Patrick McCarron, Cornell (ECAC)

Alex Peters, Flint (OHL)


Filip Larsson, Djurgarden (Sweden)

Matej Machovsky, Plzen (Czech Rep.)

Keith Petruzzelli, Muskegon (USHL)

Chase Perry, RPI (ECAC)

Joren van Pottelberghe, Davos (Switzerland)

Kaden Fulcher, Hamilton (OHL)