The 2017 NHL Prospect Tournament is in the books. For Toledo Walleye head coach Dan Watson and assistant coach Andy Delmore, it was an opportunity to assist the Detroit Red Wings with coaching duties and get a glimpse of players who could potentially be assigned to Toledo.
“It was nice to see these young and talented players in action,” says Watson. “Not only did Andy and myself get valuable coaching experience, it was a chance for us to share our own experiences with the players as they try to make a good impression with the Red Wings organization.”
The Red Wings prospect squad finished sixth in the eight-team tournament held in Traverse City, Michigan. Among those Watson and Delmore got a close look at was goalie prospect Matej Machovsky, who could be wearing a Walleye jersey to start the season.
“He’s a big, solid goalie who moves well and has good rebound control,” says Watson. “He definitely improved as the tournament went on, and I’m really excited about his future.”
Another player Watson was impressed with was winger Dylan Sadowy, who played part of last season in Toledo.
“Dylan was very consistent throughout the tournament,” says Watson. “The hard work he put in during the summer is paying off, and it’s nice to see the growth he’s making as a player.”
Next for Watson and Delmore, assisting the Detroit coaching staff during Red Wings training camp, being held Sept. 15-18. Walleye signees Simon Denis, Conner Crisp and Austen Brassard will attend that camp as well.