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Another own goal, this time Jakub Kindl of the Detroit Red Wings with a backhand.
The goal was credited to Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“The challenge for him is to find the confidence to be an NHL player,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “There’s no question in my mind, or Kenny’s (general manager Holland) or (assistant GM) Jimmy Nill’s that he’s ready to play. But now, you got to decide you’re ready to play.
“He has a lot of things we think are important to play in the (NHL) on the back end—the ability to move the puck, he skates good. Now, the ball’s in his court. No one ahead of him is giving him a job. He’s fighting for ice time and more opportunity to play.’‘
Barring an injury on defense, Kindl will need to beat out young Jonathan Ericsson, who must rebound from a rough season, or veteran newcomer Ruslan Salei to play.
“It was kind of nice when I heard from people, ‘You should make the team,’ ” Kindl said. “On the other hand, I know I have to show everyone I can play in the NHL and I really want to be a part of the Detroit Red Wings.
from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,
One difference between Kindl and Ericsson is this. Ericsson came to the Red Wings as the final pick of the entire NHL draft. Kindl was the 19th overall selection in the 2005 NHL draft.
That makes Kindl the Red Wings’ highest draft pick in the past 18 years. You have to go back to Martin Lapointe being taken 10th overall in 1991 to find a higher-drafted Red Wing.
“He certainly has a great chance,” said Jiri Fischer, the Red Wings’ director of player development, who was the 25th overall pick in 1998. “In our organization, everybody has to earn the chance, then everybody has to grab the chance. I think he’s on the right path, the way he’s been working and progressing. I’m hoping he’s going to have a good camp and good season as he did last year, as long as he keeps working.”
Kindl has always been an impact offensive defenseman. He generated offense as a youth in his native Czech Republic and in juniors with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.