Detroit Red Wings
RedWingsSeasonTickets.com Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Wings' prospect Pyett wins Canada roster spot

Thursday, 12.13.2007 / 6:08 PM ET / News
By Matthew O'Day  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
X
Share with your Friends


Wings\' prospect Pyett wins Canada roster spot
Red Wings prospect Logan Pyett was named to Canada’s 2008 World Junior Championship team, which was announced Thursday morning by coach Craig Hartsburg.

Pyett, a defenseman and captain for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League has plenty of international experience already under his belt. He played in the Canada/Russia Super Series in August as well as the ADT Championship in November, and that should help him as he is called on to anchor a defensive corps that includes 2007 first-round picks Thomas Hickey (Los Angeles - fourth overall) and Karl Alzner (Washington – fifth overall) when the World Junior Championships begin in the Czech Republic on December 26.

Regina defenseman Logan Pyett was the Red Wings' seventh-round pick in 2006.
“He's got good hockey sense, good hands," said KEn Holland, the Wings' exeuctive vice president and general manager. "He’s not tall – he’s 5-foot-10 – but he’s 200-pounds. Certainly, we’re thrilled with the player we got – where we got him in the draft – and certainly a player that looks like he can be a pro.”

A seventh-round pick of the Wings in 2006 (212th overall), Pyett has made a name for himself as an offensive defenseman, and will be asked to be a scoring threat from the blue line, a role to which he is accustomed. In the 2006-07 season, he was the third leading scorer on the Pats with 62 points (14 G, 48 A) – twice that of Nick Ross, the team’s second highest scoring defenseman (31 points).

According to Holland, Pyett is most closely comparable to Derek Meech, a young defenseman currently on the Red Wings’ roster. Similarly sized, “Meech was a good junior defenseman, played with Canada’s national junior team, he spent three years in the (AHL), and we think Derek is going to eventually turn out to be an NHL regular defenseman.”

Pyett will be joined by Red Wings forward prospect Joakim Andersson, who will skate for Sweden. Both Holland and vice president Steve Yzerman will be on hand for the tournament, and they will be watching their entrants closely.

“No. 1, you see if they can play regularly," Holland said. "You’re talking about the best kids in the world – really it’s a 19-year-old tournament. How does he stack up against his peers? Ultimately at that level, if you’re a really good player, you project down the road.

“Every level you go up, if you’ve got any flaws in your game, eventually some level is going to find those flaws. The World Junior level of competition is another level above the regular juniors. Every time a player takes a step up and he can continue to do at that level what he did the level before, you get more and more optimistic.”

Unfortunately, the Red Wings’ two other Canadian tryouts -- forward Cory Emmerton and defenseman Brendan Smith -- were not able to crack the final roster.

Emmerton, a forward with the Ontario Hockey League’s Brampton Battalion, had his push to make Canada’s team cut short late Wednesday when he learned that he had contracted mononucleosis just prior to camp. Worse still, 2008 was Emmerton’s last year of eligibility for the tournament.

On Emmerton, Holland commented, “He’s got a lot of skill. He had a great year (last season), played for Canada in the Super Series in August, and as the series went along, he played better and better. We were really hoping that making the World Junior team would be a jumpstart to a great second half. Obviously, we want him to get healthy and get back and have a strong finish to his junior year.”

Smith, a defenseman currently with the University of Wisconsin, was among many highly regarded blue liners who found themselves the victims of Canada’s deep defensive talent pool. Detroit’s first round selection in 2007 (27th overall) is joined by fellow first-rounders Keaton Ellerby (Florida – 10th overall) and Ty Wishart (San Jose – 16th overall in 2006) as players who were surprised to be sent home.

However, Smith, 18, will have a second shot to make Team Canada for the 2009 World Juniors.

“To go from Junior B to being one of the last cuts on Canada’s Junior team is a big step," Holland said. "The biggest thing with Brendan is he’s got to get physically stronger. By all reports he had a real good camp. We’re hoping he can make that team next year.”

In 2007, the Wings had two forward prospects in the tournament. Jan Mursak skated for Slovenia, while Darren Helm won the gold medal with Canada.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59