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Education, not evaluation, the basis of Red Wings development camp

Detroit — Dan Cleary, the Red Wings' former player and current director of player development, was quick to reiterate Sunday the purpose of this week's development camp for recent draft picks.

It's for education, camaraderie, and getting a glimpse of what is professional hockey.

But there's no evaluation going on. So, Cleary's message to the 39 players on the roster is, relax and soak in everything you can.

"This is not an evaluation one bit," Cleary said Sunday, after Day 1 of the camp. "This is an education and enjoy it, get to meet all these guys you haven't seen.