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Video- Hirose The Topic Of The Day Plus Blashill With A Health Update

Well, I hit the couch for the night in 5 minutes so one last update.

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s far too early to make any bold predictions about new Red Wings forward Taro Hirose. The undrafted free agent out from Michigan State has played in just two NHL games.

But he has already made a nice impression on teammates and Detroit’s coaching staff.

Hirose earned an assist in both games, saw time on the power play, and didn’t look out of place on a line with veterans Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen.

“Poise, vision, it looks like he wants to make a play every time he has the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after Thursday’s 5-2 loss in St. Louis. “We made a comment to him about spreading the zone and right away the next shift, he goes out and he spreads the zone.”

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Below, Blashill after today's practice.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Friday recalled forward Matt Puempel from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Puempel, 26, ranks among the Griffins leaders this season with 50 points (2nd), 24 goals (2nd), 26 assists (3rd) and eight power play goals (1st) while adding a plus-six rating and 38 penalty minutes in 59 games. His team-high 215 shots place third in the AHL. Puempel shows 14 points (7-7—14) in his last 14 games and is on a three-game point streak (2-1—3).

Should he debut with Detroit, Puempel will become the 177th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL. Detroit plays at the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at 10 p.m. EDT.

Acquired by the Red Wings from the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Sproul on Oct. 21, 2017, Puempel has amassed 104 points (46-58—104), a plus-12 rating and 59 PIM in 116 games with Grand Rapids and was named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic, his first pro all-star appearance. Since making his AHL debut with the Binghamton Senators near the end of the 2011-12 season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound winger has totaled 218 points (107-111—218) and 201 PIM in 291 career contests between Binghamton (2011-16), Hartford (2017-18) and Grand Rapids.

Originally drafted 24th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Puempel has logged 79 career NHL games between Ottawa (2014-17) and New York (2016-17) and posted 15 points (10-5—15) and 28 PIM. He spent the entire 2016-17 campaign in the NHL, registering no points in 13 games with Ottawa before being claimed off waivers by New York and going on to tally nine points (6-3—9) in 27 appearances.

Prior to turning pro, the Essex, Ontario, native played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and amassed 213 points (119-94—213) in 195 games between Peterborough (2009-12) and Kitchener (2012-13). He was named OHL Rookie of the Year and to the Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team in 2010 after leading all first-year OHL skaters with 64 points (33-31—64) in 59 games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/22/19 at 07:03 PM ET

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People on other blogs (I think they are, sometimes I’m not sure) immediately railed that Hirose wouldn’t get a fair shake playing with old farts Vanek and Nielsen.  I said I thought that was a good match for him, provided at times they could manage to get the puck into the offensive zone.  This is a good match for him by Blashill, and if you say “for once” I accept that.

Posted by RWBill on 03/23/19 at 10:48 AM ET

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