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Notes: Fitting shootout finish to Wings development camp

Petruzzelli stands tall in goal as Kivenmaki provides winner; Swedes scrap

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- It was a fitting finish to a competitive development camp for Detroit Red Wings prospects at Little Caesars Arena Saturday afternoon.

It started out as a blowout for Team Howe, who took a 3-0 lead, turned into a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation and was decided in a shootout.

"I liked the pace of the scrimmage," said Shawn Horcoff, Detroit's director of player development. "A lot stood out this week. They practice all week, they don't get in that many game situations and we ask them to go out there and play a game, which they haven't done in a while, it makes it tough on the kids. It's a nice ending to the week. The guys we drafted this week, those are the guys I don't really know that well, so it was nice seeing them play in a game situation. I saw a lot of talent, a lot of skill out there, and we're excited."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Moritz Seider & the guys wrap up the final day of #DRWDC.Seider 🎥: 🎥: 🎥: 🎥:

Otto Kivenmaki (7th round, 191st overall, 2018) scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting Team Lindsay to a 5-4 victory.

Kivenmaki, 5-foot-8, 154 pounds, also scored for Team Lindsay during their second-period comeback.

"You can tell his hockey sense and his talent level is high," Horcoff said. "He's continued to get stronger. He's put on 12-13 pounds since last year and just has to continue to do that. He really finished strong the second half of the season in Finland, 11 points in 11 games or something close to that, but he played a lot, first-line power play, top-six minutes, that's the biggest thing. He believes and he knows the way last season finished how he can play and how he can produce. I think he's looking forward to this year and having a really big year."

Also key to the comeback for Team Lindsay was goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (3rd, 88th, 2017), who shut out Team Howe in the second period after they had scored three goals in the first.

"The boys were great -- I mean I got beat a couple of times -- popping guys' sticks when they had open nets," Petruzzelli demurred. "I had (Alex) Limoges' number a couple of times this week, I got the paddle down on him which is pretty nice, but it was a great win for us."

Petruzzelli is entering his junior year at Quinnipiac University and he will have a greater opportunity than he had in his previous two seasons as goaltender Andrew Shortridge signed with the San Jose Sharks.

"I'm really excited, I'm looking forward to next year," Petruzzelli said. "We're going to be kind of a young team, we had a lot of freshmen last year coming in so we're going to need them to step up and be big-time players for us in their sophomore years, but I really like our team, I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

In 14 games with the Bobcats, Petruzzelli was 8-3-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

A lanky 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, Petruzzelli knows that he needs to add weight and strength to his frame.

"My strength coach at Quinnipiac Jesh Patel, I've been working with him every day this summer and I've put some weight on, obviously still working on it," Petruzzelli said. "I've got a long way to go, but he's been great. I think a lot of it is focusing on nutrition as well and that will help me."

In the third period, Team Lindsay actually took the lead on Odeen Tufto's second goal of the game 31 second into the frame.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: .@ToughToe_91's go-ahead goal for Team Lindsay. #DRWDC

But Team Howe's Joe Veleno, who is aiming to earn a spot in Detroit this fall, tied the game with 32.1 seconds left.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: .@jveleno91's tally. #DRWDC

"It was a nice play by Kuffs (Ryan Kuffner), a great pass over two sticks," Veleno said. "I saw the opening. I kind of knew there was some open room on the side of the net, so I went back door. He made a great play to find me to score the goal."

Veleno said he plans to spend the rest of the summer in Detroit working out with some of the Wings.

Overall, he was pleased with his second development camp.

"These are all the prospects in the organization," Veleno said. "I'm able to see where I'm at with all the prospects. It's good competition, and of course it gives me some confidence in the way I play and the way the others play on the ice. It gives me a lot of confidence."

SEIDER IMPRESSES: When Veleno was asked which players stood out to him, the first name he mentioned was Moritz Seider.

"He's a great skater with the puck, moves well," Veleno said. "You can already see all the potential he already has. He'll be a great defenseman for this franchise."

It was the first time for Horcoff and the rest of the development staff to get a look at Seider and the other 2019 picks.

"(Seider) can skate, he's got some poise, he's got good sense, he was really impressive today and throughout the week," Horcoff said. "Watching him today, watching him in 3-on-3, which is natural, he was probably thinking more on the offensive side of the puck a bit today, but you can see the talent level is there. That part of the game will come, you can teach that. I'm sure when he gets into real games that actually mean something it'll be a little different for him."

As for Seider, he is headed back to Germany to train with Mannheim the rest of the summer.

He will also try to absorb all the information that was thrown at him and the other prospects this past week.

"It was a lot of things going on this week, a lot of presentations about recovery, how should I eat before the games," Seider said. "I think it's all about business now and you have to be prepared when you go into this building and you have to put on a show. I think that's one of the things."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Moritz Seider & @KKotkansalo have a message for you following #DRWDC. 🙌

Seider also enjoyed the chance to compete with the other players in the 3-on-3 tournament and the Red and White Game.

"Obviously it's a pretty hard thing, two games in a row but it's so much fun," Seider said. "You can combine it a little bit. It was great to be on the ice again in the offseason. It was nice to battle against other prospects. It was nice."

Nothing has been decided yet about Seider's future and where he will end up playing next season.

"I said a couple days before we have to figure out what's best for myself," Seider said. "Maybe it's in the AHL with Grand Rapids but maybe also CHL. Who knows? I got drafted (by Owen Sound). But why stay in Mannheim? I think it's one of the best organizations in Europe. We won a championship last season. We play international hockey like CHL (Champions League in Europe). We have to figure it out where I can get the most ice time."

RED AND WHITE CASUALTIES: After collecting an assist on the game's first goal, scored by Cody Morgan, Robert Mastrosimone turned out to be one of the unfortunate casualties of the game.

Afterwards, Mastrosimone was walking around on crutches, his right foot in a black boot.

"I broke my ankle blocking a shot," Mastrosimone said. "It's tough the last day, the last thing. But there's nothing I can do about it."

Mastrosimone, the Wings' second-round pick, 54th overall, last week, said he would be out 4-6 weeks. He did not know who shot the puck that broke his ankle.

Jack Adams, one of the stars of the 3-on-3 tournament, started the game for Team Lindsay but did not finish.

SWEDES FIGHTING? In general, Swedes are not known for getting in a lot of scraps.

But Albin Grewe is not your typical Swede and his reputation preceded him as his Djurgarden coach called him "T-Rex."

But in the third period, Grewe, who was on Team Lindsay, took exception to a hit by Team Howe's Elmer Soderblom and immediately engaged the 6-foot-7 Swede, landing a couple of punches.

"You don't see too many Swede-on-Swede altercations, but we did today," Horcoff said. "That's good. He's a guy you're really going to notice even more in games. His competitiveness sticks out and I think you saw that today."

The other prospects took notice of Grewe's feistiness.

"He looks hungry out there and obviously wants to prove something," Veleno said. "I haven't seen him play too much but I guess the physicality and the grittiness are part of his game."

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