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Notes: Team White defeats Team Red in shootout in Red and White Game

Athanasiou, Kaski score in regulation; Zadina looking forward to exhibition games

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

TRAVERSE CITY -- It was not a high-scoring affair but the Detroit Red Wings' annual Red and White Game was an exciting one for the fans at Traverse City's Centre Ice Arena Sunday afternoon.

Team Red's Andreas Athanasiou scored at 10:53 of the first period, assisted by Moritz Seider and Trevor Daley.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: .@AndreasA86 on the board first for Team Red! #DRWTC

 Team White's Oliwer Kaski tied the game at 21:34 of the first, assisted by Adam Erne.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Frans Nielsen. Still the shootout 👑

The game ended in a tie that had to be decided in a shootout, with Team White's Frans Nielsen, the NHL's all-time shootout leader, and Anthony Mantha scoring for the victory.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: .@antomantha8 for the Team White win. #DRWTC #LGRW

Wings coach Jeff Blashill observed the game from his spot in the press box and had a few thoughts on the newest Wings.

"I thought (Seider) played good, he was good," Blashill said. "I thought the intensity of the scrimmage was excellent. I thought Moritz managed his game well and did a good job."

The Wings acquired Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Aug. 14. The 24-year-old is 6-foot-1, 214 pounds.

"I think Adam has a chance to be a top-nine forward in the NHL," executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said Friday. "He's spent the better part of three seasons in the minors after being drafted. Last year being his first full season in the NHL. I think he's got good puck skills, he's got a good shot, he's worked extremely hard on his skating. He's a powerful, strong guy.

"Difficult to play against because he's thick and he's hard and he's got pretty good hockey sense. For us, we acquired a player I think one day can play in the top nine. He has that potential. Let's see if he can fulfill it."

For his part, Erne is looking forward to a greater opportunity on a team that's rebuilding rather than mostly set. "There's not much room to move up there," Erne said. "They have such a deep top six that no matter how well you do there's only so high you can move yourself up. It's an opportunity that I see available here now. It's exciting. There's a lot of talent and so far a really great group of guys. From old to young there's no cliques. A really good mesh."

Erne talked about finding Kaski for the goal.

"It was just a lot of open ice out there on the three-on-three," Erne said. "I came around the net and just saw him on the backside open there."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: .@Adamerne73 to @KaskiOliwer for a beauty! #DRWTC

Kaski was a player the Wings signed as a free agent on May 28.

"He'll get power play time (in preseason)," Blashill said. "One of the things that can really separate him is his offensive ability. He can really pass, he can really shoot. He's got to learn to move his feet a little more consistently defensively. The goal today, if you one-time pucks, you have a way better chance of scoring than if you stop and shoot it. I think he showed a big part of his skill set. I think that's a real positive. I'm really intrigued with his skill set. Now he's got to show he can defend on a regular basis."

ZADINA LOOKS TO EXHIBITION GAMES: Although Filip Zadina did not score a goal during the NHL Prospect Tournament, he was one of the top scorers with five assists in the four games.

Zadina was a member of the team that lost in last year's championship game, so it was much more fun to be part of only the second Wings prospects team to win a title.

"That was a huge tournament for us as a team," Zadina said. "That was great. Confident? Yeah. It probably has helped mentally to go to this camp I think. It was great."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Thank you Traverse City! #DRWTC #LGRW

During the Red and White Game, Zadina played on a line with Nielsen and Erne. At one point during the 3-on-3 portion of the second period, Zadina had an excellent chance to score while going to the net.

"It just came out from the play," Zadina said. "I saw the puck, so I wanted to go to the net and create some chances. Probably it's going to be my game, go more to the net and I'll be more productive in front of the net."

Although he did not get the goal, Zadina will have plenty of chances to do so during the exhibition season.

"He's got to score. He's a goal scorer," Blashill said. "Now he can't do it cheating. If you cheat for offense you don't have any chance to win so you got to be able to score without cheating. I don't want to put undue pressure on him. You don't have to score every game but you gotta have opportunities to score every game and then you gotta score. That's what he does best. He'll have to do that while balancing being a complete player.

"If I were to say to him what would drive his performance, 40 percent of the NHL goals get scored in that little square we have drawn on the ice. I think he can score from that other square which is 80 percent of the goals get scored but he needs to get to the 40 percent in order to really score. I talked about that with Mantha a couple years ago on net-front power play, that's where easy goals are. So get to that area, whether it's by dragging it in yourself or most likely, getting there on rebounds and stuff like that while still being a complete player."

Zadina changed his offseason routine by remaining in metro Detroit throughout the summer to work out with the other prospects.

"I stayed in Detroit and did way more different things than I was used to," Zadina said. "I think it helped me a lot to stay here, focus just on myself and be ready for the season."

With a year in the American Hockey League under his belt and nine games with the Wings, Zadina gained invaluable experience that he expects to translate on the ice this coming season, whether that is back in Grand Rapids or in Detroit.

"The game is going to be a little bit slower for me this year because I know what it's going to like," Zadina said. "It's about the space I guess but it's about the patience. Then if you get a puck, you just gotta skate and that's it I guess. Be smart and a good skater and I think the game will be easier."

DID NOT PLAY: Among those who did not play in the Red and White Game were forwards Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm, plus defenseman Mike Green.

"I think we have a whole bunch of guys that have little tweaks and whatnot, the normal stuff that comes with going 100 miles an hour into training camp so we'll have to just adjust our practices accordingly," Blashill said.

However, Green is fully recovered from the virus that kept him out at the beginning and end of last season.

"Green has had no ill effect from last year's virus so I think that's a great thing for him," Blashill said. "He said he felt great as he started to really train hard this summer and felt great."

Athanasiou left after the first 25-minute period, which Blashill also attributed to being a tweak as opposed to anything believed to be long-term.

ROSTER MOVES: Following the Red and White Game, the Wings announced they had released nine players from their amateur tryouts: forwards Mathieu Bizier, Thomas Casey, Cody Morgan, Owen Robinson and Chad Yetman; defensemen Marc-Olivier Duquette and Owen Lalonde; and goaltenders Anthony Popovich and Sean Romeo.

The Wings now have 58 players on their training camp roster.

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