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    Red Wings’ draft pick Oscar Plandowski prospers in a hockey household

    Detroit — There are hockey players whose fathers are, or have been, coaches at various levels. It’s fairly common, and they talk about the certain difficulties that can present.

    But how about having a dad who is an NHL scout?

    That’s a different twist. More direct and pointed analysis.

    Red Wings draft pick Oscar Plandowski, a defenseman who was a fifth-round pick (155th overall) in July’s NHL Entry Draft, has lived that life.

    Plandowski’s dad, Darryl, is the director of amateur scouting for the Arizona Coyotes. Darryl has offered Oscar plenty of constructive critiques along the way. The advice has been beneficial.

    “Believe me, I grew up with some pretty constructive criticism,” said Oscar, who’ll be playing for the Wings’ prospect tournament team next weekend in Traverse City. “So when I get it from my coaches, it’s not as bad. I’ve grown up with being able to take heat on games.

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