As the Red Wings continue to monitor their young defensemen and prospects looking toward the start of the regular season in 10 days some veterans also say they clearly have a stake in making the preseason as productive as possible.

“The biggest thing for me is every game you want to get a little better and feel a little better on the ice and get back into that game mode” forward Drew Miller said. “When you take some time off from it you’ve got to get back into it — mentally and physically.

“You’re working hard to try to get back into it. But at the same time you’ve got to be going right away.

“And you’ve got to prove yourself. Every year you’ve got to come in and work hard and show that you want to be here and show that you belong.”

Stephen Weiss who signed with the Wings as a free agent this offseason is having to get used to new teammates new coaches new systems of play and getting back to a game after a season in which an injured wrist limited him to 17 games played for the Panthers.

“I think you’re just trying to sharpen up for the regular season and make sure that you’re doing the little things and the details and just making sure you’re sharp for when the first game rolls around” Weiss said.

“I missed a lot of hockey last year. So trying to get my timing back on top of adjusting to new players and new systems is a little bit of a challenge.

“Sometimes you’re just thinking a little bit too much out there where to be and what I have to do in terms of the system instead of just playing. But that’s to be expected coming to a new team with new players and getting new linemates as well.”

Because of injuries to both Johan Franzen and the newly acquired Daniel Alfredsson Weiss has yet to play with what Mike Babcock intends as the Wings’ second line.