Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/28/11 at 11:35 AM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Garnet Exelby is trying to work his way back to the NHL, a tough task with the well-stocked Detroit Red Wings.
But the scrappy defenseman is hoping to bring an element that sets him apart from the rest.
“I got to be nasty to play against, really physical and mean, have the other team not want to get out there against me,” Exelby said. “On top of that keep everything simple, play defensive hockey.
“They’ve got enough guys here that can move the puck and play the power play and all that other stuff, so I’m just going to complement players like that.”
Barring an injury or two, Exelby, veteran Doug Janik and top prospect Brendan Smith will start the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins because the Red Wings appear set with their top seven defensemen. Exelby, Janik and Smith will be competing to be the Red Wings’ first recall in case of an injury.
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