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The Growth Of Filip Hronek

09/09/2021 at 1:03pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“A solid season,” said Blashill, when asked to analyze Hronek’s body of work. “I don’t think any of us can claim we’ve had a great year. We’re not good enough in the standings. But he’s done a solid season."

All told, Hronek averaged a team-leading 23 minutes, 23 seconds of ice time, just off the 2019-20 season's 23:54 average.

The Wings' plan was to slice some of that ice time to help Hronek not wear down over the compressed season.

But, the ice time points to Hronek’s importance, playing on both on the power play and penalty kill, and predominately facing the opponent's top forwards.

“He’s grown and Filip wants to be a good player, wants to win, so he’s working (toward that) and in all areas of the game, the power play, penalty kill, 5-on-5,” Blashill said. “There are areas of growth and he knows what he needs to keep working on.

"It's just growing as a player and he certainly has taken steps from when he first got here."

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