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Latest on Cleary, Wings' youngsters

5/10/2013


Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary missed the last five minutes of Game 5 versus the Anaheim Ducks after being run into the boards by Daniel Winnik. He was able to return to the game and is expected to take part in Friday's Game 6, as the Wings try to keep their playoff hopes alive, according to Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

“Had to do some testing, see the doctor,” Cleary said. “My whole left side was sore — shoulder, hand, ribs, neck, head.”

While veterans like Cleary remain a key part of the Red Wings, ESPN NHL Insider Craig Custance notes how the club is using these playoffs to give their youngsters critical playoff experience, something teams like the Vancouver Canucks have failed to do to the same extent:

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"Western Conference rivals like Detroit and San Jose have done a better job [than Vancouver] drafting and developing young players while remaining a contender, and this year's postseason shows it. The Red Wings won't win a Stanley Cup, but this postseason has been an incredible learning experience for young players such as Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Brian Lashoff, Danny DeKeyser, Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner. The Sharks are advancing in part because of the likes of homegrown young players such as Logan Couture, Tommy Wingels, Matt Irwin and Justin Braun. Each of those teams has that next wave of young players coming."