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Weiss energized for start of Wings' camp

Veteran center to work the middle of line between Alfredsson and Franzen

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 1:23 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Weiss energized for start of Wings\' camp
  Stephen Weiss skated with some of his new teammates for the first
  time last week since signing a five-year contract with the Red Wings
  in July. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The first day of Red Wings training camp has brought a renewed energy to center Stephen Weiss.

After the coaching staff divided 63 players, forming three different squads – Team Delvecchio, Team Howe and Team Lindsay – Weiss was ecstatic to learn that he will center a line between Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen as camp gets underway at Centre ICE Arena on Thursday.

Weiss, who spent the first 10 seasons of his NHL career in Florida, will begin his stint with the Red Wings as their second-line center and contribute to the power play.

“I feel lucky. To play with two players like that is going to be awesome,” Weiss said. “I’m going to move the puck wide and go to the net and let them do their thing. But to play with two guys like that you can’t do too much better than that.”

Weiss gives the Red Wings another instinctive two-way centerman to compliment the talents that Pavel Datsyuk brings to the top scoring line. Datsyuk will begin camp working alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

A talented play-maker, it would seem that Weiss could benefit from playing alongside proven scorers like Alfredsson and Franzen. Having spent his entire NHL career in the Eastern Conference, Weiss has a definite appreciation for what Alfredsson will bring to the Red Wings, and potentially, the second line.

“I think his puck-possession, his intelligence are what separate him from other guys,” Weiss said. “He’s real smart. His panic-threshold with the puck is so high. He has great patience and as a centerman to play with wingers like that is pretty special. You move the puck wide and go to the net and he’s going to find you or find somebody else.”

Weiss has seen even less of Franzen over the years, but the former Plymouth Whaler made some observations on the Mule in last week’s informal skates at Joe Louis Arena.

“He’s just a big, strong, power forward,” Weiss said, of Franzen. “He can score, make plays, and has really good speed, too, so we have a good mix on the line. I can move it either way and get going to the net in the middle and those two can make plays with each other. I’m just going to try to get those guys the puck and get out of the way and let them do their thing.”

The addition of Alfredsson and Weiss should also provide a spark to the power play, which at times struggled to main puck-possession last season. Both newcomers are very good puck retrievers and should give the power play a boost.

“In this day and age it’s pretty tight out there 5-on-5, so the power play, anytime you can take advantage of that you’re going to help out your team in the long run,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I think adding Alfie and Weiss both of them are tremendously skilled. Alfie has that great shot, great vision, and Weissie with all of his skills. Hopefully we’ll have two (power-play) units that can produce and help each other out.”

The Red Wings training camp is broken down to three separate teams:


TEAM DELVECCHIO

Forward Lines

Henrik Zetterberg
- Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader
Mikael Samuelsson
- Luke Glendening - Jordin Tootoo
David McIntyre (PTO) - Louis Marc Aubry - Martin Frk
Philippe Hudon
- Andrej Nestrasil - Mitch Callahan

Defensive Pairings
Danny DeKeyser - Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff
- Nathan Paetsch (PTO)
Marc McNulty
- Alexei Marchenko

Goalies
Jonas Gustavsson
, Tom McCollum

Coaches
Tom Renney, Spiros Anastos


TEAM HOWE

Forward Lines

Johan Franzen - Stephen Weiss - Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Patrick Eaves
Anthony Mantha - Andreas Athanasiou - Teemu Pulkkinen
Tyler Bertuzzi - Barclay Goodrow (PTO) - Trevor Parkes

Defensive Pairings
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Xavier Ouellet - Brennan Evans
Gleason Fournier - Max Nicastro

Goalies
Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau

Coaches
Bill Peters, Jim Paek


TEAM LINDSAY

Forward Lines

Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Jurco - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar
Marek Tvrdon - Calle Jarnkrok - Landon Ferraro
Triston Grant - Zach Nastasiuk - Kevin Lynch

Defensive Pairings
Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith
Adam Almqvist - Ryan Sproul
Michal Plutnar - Richard Nedomlel

Goalies
Petr Mrazek, Jake Paterson, Cam Lanigan (PTO)

Coaches
Jeff Blashill, Keith McKittrick

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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