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Red Wings pick William Wallinder is enjoying a solid season with Rogle of the SHL.

Scouts and media members have chronicled Red Wings center prospect Marco Kasper’s improvement in the Swedish Hockey League this season. It’s been easy to overlook that his Rogle teammate William Wallinder, another Detroit draft pick, continues to make strides.

Defenseman Wallinder, 20, is Rogle’s third leading scorer with four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 29 games playing in Rogle’s top pairing. He has four more points than Kasper. Wallinder has started to develop more poise both offensively and defensively. Take a look at the video below:

Wallinder was the 32nd pick in the 2020 NHL draft. Kasper was the No. 8 pick in last summer’s draft. It wouldn’t be unthinkable to see both players in North America next season. Wallinder for sure will be here.

 

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Filip Zadina is a “week or so” from being ready to rejoin the Red Wings. He’s been recovering from a broken leg bone suffered while blocking a shot.

Red Wings still smarting from their third loss this season to the Buffalo Sabres.

Former Detroit Red Wings player Barry Cullen has died. Bob Duff wrote the obituary.

 Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings are home tonight to face the Ottawa Senators in the annual New Year’s Eve Game. They are 3-5-2 in their last 10, while the Senators are 6-2-2. The Red Wings lost to the Senators, 6-3, two weeks ago at Little Caesars Arena.

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Boston: Joe Haggerty writes about how the Bruins are pumped up to play the second Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Boston Bruins

Also, Bobby Orr will be involved in a unique ceremonial puck drop for the game.

Florida: Panthers entered this year with a bang and now they are leaving 2022 with a whimper. Florida Panthers

Montreal: With a 2-7-1 record in their last 10 games, the Montreal Canadiens have improved their odds of landing one of the top two draft picks in 2023. Montreal Canadiens

New York: Injured Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Palmieri are with the Islanders for their road trip starting New Year’s Day in Seattle. The bad news: Oliver Wahlstrom has been placed on the IR indefinitely.  New York Islanders

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Philadelphia: Coach John Tortorella compared Flyers young defenseman Cam York to Dan Boyle. Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh: Penguins defiant after home loss to the New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh Penguins

San Jose: Sharks find more paths to hitting rock bottom in overtime loss to the Flyers. San Jose Sharks

Vegas:  On the lighter side of things: here’s a compilation of Mark Stone expressions.

Washington:  Former Canadiens and Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly announced his retirement from the NHL.

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