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Sadowy impresses in camp scrimmage

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings
Dylan Sadowy had half of Team Lindsay's goals in a 6-3 victory over Team Howe in Friday night's development camp scrimmage. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Some players just have a nose for the net and Dylan Sadowy is one of those guys.

In late May, the Red Wings acquired Sadowy from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

The 20-year-old Sadowy scored 45 goals and 25 assists in 64 games split between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts this past season, his fourth in the Ontario Hockey League.

On Friday night during the Wings' first scrimmage of development camp, Sadowy had half of Team Lindsay's six goals in the 6-3 victory over Team Howe.

"They brought me in to do that," Sadowy said. "The first game you want to show that I can go to the net and get a couple goals so we'll see how things go here down the road."

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson has said this camp is for education, not evaluation, but he was impressed with Sadowy's performance.

"He had a good night," Nelson said. "Besides the goals too, I liked the way that he played. He plays hard, he's quicker than I thought he'd be. He's got good speed and he had good finish around the net."

Sadowy also blocked a shot near the end of the first half to preserve the 2-1 lead.

"That's my game," Sadowy said. "I do what it takes to win. So if it takes to block a couple shots here and there, I don't mind doing it. Even in a scrimmage. Every shift counts."

Team Lindsay also got goals from Chase Pearson, Luke Kirwan and Christoffer Ehn.

Team Howe's goal scorers were Mike Borkowski, Alex Globke and Tyler Bertuzzi.

The format had the scrimmage go from five-on-five to four-on-four to three-on three.

"It was good," Nelson said. "I think with that format, you get to see the skill level of certain players. Also the conditioning aspect. As you saw as the game went on, the pace went down, of course. It was really high intensity. The format worked well."

After the end of the scrimmage, there was a shootout, which Team Howe won, 2-1.

Vili Saarijarvi and Borkowski scored for Team Howe while Dennis Cholowski, the Wings' first-round pick in last month's NHL draft, scored for Team Lindsay.

Mathew Santos collides with James de Haas (right) as the two players go after the puck during Friday night's scrimmage at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

UNFORTUNATE INJURY: You always hope to get through camp without an injury but that isn't the case this year.

Mathew Santos, who signed with the Griffins in May, suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of Friday’s scrimmage.

"I came across and hit (Griffen) Molino and it kind of pushed my shoulder out of the AC joint," said Santos, who was wearing a sling after the game. "It's a slight separation. Hopefully it's nothing too serious. Probably out for the rest of camp. Just recover it and get back at it."

Nelson said the injury didn't appear to be too serious.

"It's more or less a sprain," Nelson said. "But those types of injuries do hurt."

It was Santos' first development camp, which he said he has enjoyed up until the injury.

"It's been amazing," Santos said. "The whole organization, the Red Wings, they're just all a bunch of class people. It's an Original Six team, you know it's a storied franchise. It's been amazing. It's been everything I thought it would be."

Santos hadn't met Nelson before signing so it was a good opportunity to get to know him and how he runs things.

"It's a good eye-opener for me, coming in here," Santos said. "I didn't meet with him before signing so it's really nice to meet with him now and see how he likes the game played and see how I can tune my game to play his style."

Once Santos recovers, he has a good idea of what he needs to work on.

"Hopefully just to get stronger, more physical and faster," Santos said. "This game's developed so much from the past couple years, a lot faster game, so I got to work on my speed and just overall game in general."

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