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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings rely on Darren Helm to be among the team leaders in hits, win more than half of his faceoffs, be a strong penalty-killer and pressure opponents into making mistakes with aggressive forechecking.

If he becomes a better finisher one day that would be a bonus.

Helm certainly creates a lot of scoring chances with his blazing speed. He scored 11 goals in 75 games during his first full NHL season last year, a nice total for a fourth-line center.

“If he can do that every year, that’s a real good year for him,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re looking for physical play out of him, penalty-killing and energy.’’

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Guilherme's avatar

Helm is God.

Anyway, I can see him scoring more than maybe 20 goals per season. He has a nice shot, but is yet to find a middle ground between blazing through defenders and keeping the puck on the ideal spot to shoot.

But that’d be a bonus, I agree. Seeing as Wings fans think of him as a second coming of Kris Draper, all he has to do is be reliable, and he’s done that so far. There’s no pressure for him to score, his defensive performance always make up for his missed chances.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 09/26/10 at 11:25 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Can he spend time after practice sprinting back and forth between the goals practicing breakaways with Bertuzzi chasing him for motivation?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 09/26/10 at 01:50 PM ET

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