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A Good Start For Joakim Andersson

from Bill Roose of RewWings.com,

Joakim Andersson has more on his plate in his second full NHL season.

The third-line center may lack natural goal-scoring instincts, however, he’ll play a bigger role this season has a penalty-killer.

“It’s interesting, when you’re smart and you do things right you earn trust, and when you earn trust you get to go out on the ice all of the time,” coach Mike Babcock said. “That’s what he’s done. He’s come here and he’s found a way to be a regular guy, an important guy on our team, and we trust him.”

By gaining the trust of his team and coaches, Andersson managed to play nearly 4 ½ minutes on the penalty kill in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He averaged a little more than a minute of short-handed ice time last season, but logged 4:21 in a season-opener where the Wings had to kill off seven penalties, including a few questionable calls.

“A lot times especially in the beginning of the year the refs are even harder, so you really have to think about what you are doing with your stick and with your hands so you don’t grab hold of anything, or hook anyone,” Andersson said. “You have to think a little extra for the first couple of games.”

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“It’s interesting, when you’re smart and you do things right you earn trust, and when you earn trust you get to go out on the ice all of the time,” coach Mike Babcock said, while looking around to make sure Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist were nowhere in sight.

Fixed.

Posted by Garth on 10/03/13 at 03:42 PM ET

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Fixed

If only sports journalism was that entertaining

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/03/13 at 06:29 PM ET

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A couple of years ago he used the description about Emmerton, “You want to be in the center of the room.  You don’t want to be on the outside by the door.  He’s got to do things to get into the center of the room.”

Hard to knock Emmerton, 2 days after waiving him.  Great story and good for him, and thanks for the assist on goal #1.

I read elsewhere that Tootoo is getting nearer to returning.  Return to where exactly?  And for whom?  You going to scratch Samuelsson so Tootoo can fight in Toronto?

If by some miracle our hopes come true that Helm can return to game health and condition.  cross that ice bridge when we come to it.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/03/13 at 06:42 PM ET

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