from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Taro Hirose considers himself like a sponge.
The former Michigan State forward, who signed with the Red Wings in March as an undrafted free agent, was a pleasant surprise, collecting seven points (one goal, six assists) in 10 games.
One reason for Hirose’s early NHL success is his desire to absorb knowledge from veteran teammates.
“I’m trying to be a student of the game, and watch what the best players in the world are doing,” said Hirose last week during the Wings’ development camp. “Being able to pick their brains, guys on the team, and see what they’re seeing on plays and seeing things that maybe I don’t see, I’m trying to learn all the time.
“That’s a big part for me.”...
His success the final weeks of the season was somewhat of a surprise, given he’s only listed at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, and Hirose isn’t the fastest skater around.
But Hirose has utilized his hockey smarts to the best of his ability, consistently making plays and finding the best places to be on the ice.