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Helm to attend Detroit’s prospect camp (Updated)

Jul 8, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

Darren Helm AP

The Red Wings’ annual prospects camp will have a couple of elder statesmen in the mix.

Defenseman Danny DeKesyer — who made his NHL debut with the Wings last season — and Darren Helm, limited to just one game in 2013 because of a back injury, are expected to take part in the Traverse City event, according to the Detroit News.

UPDATE: Detroit has released its camp roster and, contrary to earlier reports, DeKeyser is not going to Traverse City.

Helm is in, though — and it’s easy to see why.

He needs an opportunity to test his wonky back, which gave him constant trouble throughout last season. His 2013 campaign was basically a series of stops and starts featuring various states of rehab, solo skates and the occasional practice.

But the injury never improved to the point where he was going to join the lineup.

Dubbed as one of the NHL’s best third-line centers by head coach Mike Babcock, the 26-year-old Helm should be on the ice when Detroit’s prospects get underway this Wednesday.

Of note, 2013 first-round pick Anthony Mantha is also expected to participate.

  1. 19wasthebest - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Hope Helm’s back is doing better. The team needs him at 100%. Could have been a different result in the Hawks series if we would have had him available.

  2. LampyB - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Really hope Helm is finally able to get back into shape. We need him this year!

  3. johnascott2013 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    It could of been a whole different outcome if we still had these two playing against the Hawk’s, not to mention Fil getting hurt at the start of game 7 !!!!!! Maybe next year with Weiss and Alfie and all the youngster’s still hungry to be Champion’s !!!!!!

  4. cheliostwin - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    If Helm can stay healthy all season, I think the Wings can win their division next season. Some fans are saying Detroit isn’t used to the bigger bodies and rougher play of the old Eastern Conference teams, but I think their skill and puck handling abilities will give them an edge.

  5. hockeydon10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    People have been saying for years that the style the Wings employ doesn’t translate well into the Eastern conference. Despite this, the teams that employ the style of puck-possession and quick d-zone breakout passes, and there are a few, typically have a winning record against the east during the regular season.

    Another thing to consider is something that Toews said about the Red Wings (either before the 2nd round or perhaps after game 1. He said something like the Wings were a team that doesn’t change their game plan, they’re resilient and they don’t get flustered no matter what style their opponents use, no matter what the score is.

  6. chucksname - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The Wings problem is age. And just when you thought they couldn’t get any older they sign 40-year old Alfie.

    Hope those old bodies can hold up.

    • fusionix7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      People have been saying that tired story for the past 20 years.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Really? They were middle of the pack — 14th oldest — for average age during the 2013 season.

      Although, I will admit it’s probably easier for some commenters to repeat something they heard years ago than to educate themselves.

    • clefty1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      The Wings problem is age? What about players like Nyquist, Andersson, DeKeyser, Kindl, Ericsson and Tatar. GR also won the Calder Cup and there are players such as Jurco, Frk, Ferarro, Jensen and others looking to make the jump to the NHL.

    • polegojim - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Ohhhh chuck….. get current bro.

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