from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The 22-year-old defenseman has come a long way from the first half of last season, which he spent mostly with the Grand Rapids Griffins because he wasn’t ready for the NHL.
“He’s been thrown in there and playing big minutes and a lot of responsibility and he’s done a great job,” Larkin said. “I think every part of his game has matured. He’s got a great shot; he’s got a great first pass. He’s a guy that’ll get the puck on your stick. If you find him for his big one-timer, it’s always a dangerous play.”
Hronek (eight goals, 17 assists) is third on the team in scoring (25 points). At minus-17, his defense remains a work in progress but he’s trending in the right direction.
“He’s done a really good job of trying to create offense without taking unneeded risk,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s making mistakes, but he’s learning as he goes, and he’s done a good job of being mentally tough.
“He’s got a weapon of a shot. We’ve played with our power play a little bit to try to get him on that flank where he can shoot that one-timer. I think that’s where he’s most dangerous. We worked him back to the top at times but he’s a guy who does have that shooting mentality.”
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