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Owens is an unknown no more

24-year-old forward scores in Red & White Game

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 2:50 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Owens is an unknown no more
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Before this week’s training camp, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t know Jordan Owens.

So it was an accomplishment – to say the least – when Owens, a 24-year-old minor leaguer not only dressed in the annual end-of-camp Red & White Game, but helped his Red Team to a 5-3 victory with an unassisted goal.

Owen’s NHL future is unclear, but if he’s to remain in the organization it will be with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, for whom he played 17 games last season.

“He’s not going to make our hockey club,” Babcock said, “but to me I didn’t know who he was, but now I do. So that’s a good camp. He played with real good energy, he played with real good speed and he was tenacious. The other thing I liked about it is if you would have asked what the Red & White line-up was before the start of camp, he wouldn’t have been in it. He worked his way into that opportunity, so good for him.”

Owens was acquired by the Wings when they sent NHL journeyman Kris Newbury to the New York Rangers’ organization last March. Owens was actually a player that the Wings had an eye on some years ago, and even invited him to training camp before he signed with the Rangers in 2006. In 177 AHL games, Owens has 26 goals and 49 assists,

But for now, Owens is just pleased to make it to the next level in his development, which will come during the Wings’ preseason.

“I’m pretty happy with the way camp went,” said Owens, who had a goal in each of the camp's intra-squad scrimmages leding up to Tuesday. “It was short-lived, but tough. Every day is a grind, and I ended up being pretty successful in camp scoring a few goals, but I don’t really think about it. I just want to work as hard as I can and hope that everything works out.”

Throughout the game – which consisted of two 25-minute periods – Owens skated along side Patrick Eaves and center Darren Helm, who also scored an unassisted goal for the Red Team.

“It was definitely fun to play with some full-time NHL guys,” said Owens, a Toronto native. “It’s exciting. Those guys are guys who I look up to and they’re my role models and I want to be like those guys.”

RED & WHITE FINAL: Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winner in the Red Team’s 5-3 win Tuesday afternoon. Prospects Brendan Smith and Jamie Tardif also scored for the Red.

Jan Mursak, Dan Cleary and Jakub Kindl all scored for the White Team.

SMITH’S CAMP: Brendan Smith attended his first Wings’ camp this week after spending the last three years at the University of Wisconsin. His goal at 13:50 of the first period gave the Red Team a 1-0 lead Tuesday afternoon.

“He’s confident. He’s a good player,” Babcock said. “He has the ability to be a game-breaker. Game-breakers have a tendency to want to break the game all of the time. … It’s a game of taking what the opposition gives you and being patient and wait for your opportunity.”

GOING TO PITTSBURGH:
The Red Wings head to the Iron City for Wednesday’s preseason opener against the Penguins. Babcock indicated Monday that Chris Osgood will see two-periods of action in goal for the Wings. Goalie Thomas McCollum will work the third period.

The Wings are keeping Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Brian Rafalski back in Detroit, along with their top scoring offensive line of Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.

Scheduled to play against the Penguins are forwards Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Todd Bertuzzi, Jiri Hudler, Mike Modano, Dan Cleary, Mattias Ritola, Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader and Aaron Downey; and defensemen Brad Stuart, Jakub Kindl, Jonathan Ericsson, Ruslan Salei, Derek Meech and Brian Lashoff.

The Red Wings will open the home portion of their preseason schedule on Friday when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena at 7 p.m. EDT.



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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80