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Filip Hronek Is Having A Good Year

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The 22-year-old defenseman has come a long way from the first half of last season, which he spent mostly with the Grand Rapids Griffins because he wasn’t ready for the NHL.

“He’s been thrown in there and playing big minutes and a lot of responsibility and he’s done a great job,” Larkin said. “I think every part of his game has matured. He’s got a great shot; he’s got a great first pass. He’s a guy that’ll get the puck on your stick. If you find him for his big one-timer, it’s always a dangerous play.”

Hronek (eight goals, 17 assists) is third on the team in scoring (25 points). At minus-17, his defense remains a work in progress but he’s trending in the right direction.

“He’s done a really good job of trying to create offense without taking unneeded risk,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s making mistakes, but he’s learning as he goes, and he’s done a good job of being mentally tough.

“He’s got a weapon of a shot. We’ve played with our power play a little bit to try to get him on that flank where he can shoot that one-timer. I think that’s where he’s most dangerous. We worked him back to the top at times but he’s a guy who does have that shooting mentality.”


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Hippy Dave's avatar

played with our power play a little bit

Is that what you call it?  Our power play looked like a Timbits league’s last night.  It almost felt like we’re intentionally trying not to score.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/11/20 at 01:43 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Last night:

1:25 left in the 3rd, tied 2-2.
Wings powerplay.
Call a timeout.

What ensued after that was pure garbage.

My initial thought was that the 2nd unit shouldn’t touch the ice in that last 1:25, but after that putrid effort, meritocracy kicked in and they didnt earn it.

Neither did the 2nd unit that came on with :33 left. It was worse, but thats expected.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/20 at 03:40 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Our power play looked like a Timbits league’s last night.

It’s pretty bad overall, with a 15.5% conversion rate. Yeah, we converted once, but only because Larkin skated did all the work.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/11/20 at 10:23 PM ET

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