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The Daily: Blackhawks Pick Leaving MSU; Gibson Hit in Nashville



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Artyom Levshunov’s new contract is exceptional news for the Chicago Blackhawks and a less-than-stellar occurence for the Michigan State hockey program. CHN’s Nate Brown has the story.

While it was highly likely he was going to turn pro, there were Spartans fans hoping he would stay one more season at MSU. They have an exceptional team, helped enormously by Detroit prospect Trey Augustine’s netminding.

This week at Detroit development camp, Augustine said he wished Levshunov would stay, but understood the situation. He was thrilled to see Levshunov land No. 2 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Definitely love to see that,” Augustine said. “He’s a great kid, a great person. The off-ice stuff, seeing how he’s developed as a citizen and his language and stuff, stuff that he improved every year. It was super cool to see.”

Levshunov likely will start in Rockford of the AHL, but he is clearly more polished than draft picks usually are.

“I just think [he’s] the total package,” Davidson said after drafting him last Thursday in Las Vegas. “Offensively, he can drive offense, he can skate, he’s super mobile, he’s got good size, he’s aggressive, he’s a physical defender and we just think there’s more upside to come and so just the package as well as the potential growth left to come is. It was just so intriguing and something we really felt that would just make us a much better organization.”

Red Wings In Case You Missed it

Former Red Wings prospect Andrew Gibson impresses the Nashville Predators with his all-around game in their Future Stars Game at Development camp.

GM Steve Yzerman swears it is just a coincidence that he has brought in multiple players from the University of Michigan.

Joe Veleno takes the Red Wings to arbitration over a new contract.

Paywall story: Bob Duff explains why Axel Sandin Pellikka elected to play one more season in the Swedish Hockey League. To subscribe to the story click here. To receive a $10 discount on a yearly subscription use the promo code bob10.

Red Wings Offseason

For those trying to sort out Detroit’s options with regard to having four goalies with NHL experience, keep in mind that sending NHLers on one-way contract to the AHL doesn’t  provide dollar-for-dollar cap salary cap relief. For example, if the Red Wings put Ville Husso on waivers and he went unclaimed, he would receive his $4.75 million salary cap. However, the Red Wings would not have full amount removed from their salary cap. They would receive the amount of the minimum NHL contract ($775,000), plus $375,000. Thusu the salary cap relief would only be $1.150 million.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Bruins general manager Don Sweeney didn’t intend to add bigger players, but that’s what happened. Boston Bruins. 

Montreal: Marc Dumont writes that the Habs prospect pool is now the best in the NHL. Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: The Flyers have already signed 2024 first round pick Jett Luchanko. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh 2022 first round pick Owen Pickering is now a mature player, adding 20 pounds to his frame. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: GM Mike Grier and No. 1 overall pick Macklin Celebrini explain what went on behind the scenes when they decided he’s ready to play now. San Jose Sharks.


Artyom Levshunov

Signs Entry-Level Deal With Blackhawks