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Taro Hirose Plays A Smart Game

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Taro Hirose considers himself like a sponge.

The former Michigan State forward, who signed with the Red Wings in March as an undrafted free agent, was a pleasant surprise, collecting seven points (one goal, six assists) in 10 games.

One reason for Hirose’s early NHL success is his desire to absorb knowledge from veteran teammates.

“I’m trying to be a student of the game, and watch what the best players in the world are doing,” said Hirose last week during the Wings’ development camp. “Being able to pick their brains, guys on the team, and see what they’re seeing on plays and seeing things that maybe I don’t see, I’m trying to learn all the time.

“That’s a big part for me.”...

His success the final weeks of the season was somewhat of a surprise, given he’s only listed at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, and Hirose isn’t the fastest skater around.

But Hirose has utilized his hockey smarts to the best of his ability, consistently making plays and finding the best places to be on the ice.

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Primis's avatar

I was really glad DET signed him and now after seeing him play in the Winged Wheel, I’m even more excited.

I really, really don’t know how he didn’t have 31 teams going extremely hard after him.  Every single NHL team could use him.

Posted by Primis on 07/02/19 at 04:49 PM ET

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From the same article;

Goalie Keith Petruzzelli is spending his offseason adding as much weight and muscle as possible.

Petruzzelli (2017, 3rd round) split the net last season at Qunnipiac, going 8-3 with a 2.42 goals against and .904 save percentage.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound junior is expected to see more playing time this season, and understands he needs to build on his frame for long-term success.

Tall, lanky keeper.  Sheesh…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/02/19 at 05:32 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

He’s a smart sponge.  If we can just get him to be a fast smart sponge.

Posted by duhduhduh on 07/02/19 at 05:52 PM ET

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I REALLY liked what we saw of him last year.

Posted by Ventr on 07/02/19 at 10:02 PM ET

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The way he created and utilized space - and his teammates - with vision and timing looked really good.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/03/19 at 06:47 AM ET

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The Wings are still pretty thin in the top 9 forwards so a player with Hirose’s smarts and play versus larger opponents certainly has an advantage. Unless someone like Zadina, Ras or another free agent unseats him I think he’s the favorite to play on the second line with Fil and AA.

Posted by evileye on 07/03/19 at 09:25 AM ET

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