Wings prospects invade T.C. for development camp

 TRAVERSE CITY – Forty-four Red Wings prospects practice at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City this weekend as part of the Red Wings Development Camp.

The camp features recent draft picks like Detroit’s 2014 first rounder Dylan Larkin and last year’s first round pick Anthony Mantha.  There are also non-roster invitees like former Ferris State Bulldog Scott Czarnowczan.

For the young talent, the camp acts an orientation to the Red Wings organization.

“They are teaching us good things like angling and they are going to teach us more good things tomorrow,” Czarnowczan said.  “I want to take some nutrition from them and the weightlifting and all that, just take it to the next level, learn and keep progressing.”

It’s also gives Red Wings fans their first in-person look at Larkin.  The 17-year old plans to play for the University of Michigan this winter, but wants to show the Wings what he has to offer this summer.

“I bring skating ability and the pace I play,” Larkin said.  “I can push the pace and I really like to skate with the puck.  They want me to keep developing and get stronger.  To play at the next level you’ve got to get stronger.  I was impressed with the intensity of the skate and it will be a good week here.”

Camp resumes Saturday at 9am at Centre Ice.  There will be a scrimmage at 3pm.  The Wings practice again at 9am Sunday and Monday.  The prospects will wrap up camp with a scrimmage Tuesday at 11am.

The camp is open to the public with $5 charge for admission.