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A2Y- The Improved Filip Hronek

01/17/2023 at 5:36pm EST

from Harman Dayal of The Athletic,

There are so many deserving candidates and whittling this list down was very hard; it definitely isn’t perfect. But here are 10 of the most improved players of this season so far, presented in no particular order.

In a league where top right-shot defenders are scarce commodities, the Red Wings are stacked for years to come with Moritz Seider and Filip Hronek.

Hronek was kind of thrown to the wolves early in his career — he was already playing 24 minutes per night and taking on the toughest matchups at just 22 as Detroit’s de facto No. 1 defenseman. It was a monstrous workload and he struggled despite putting up decent offensive totals. Seider’s emergence has allowed Hronek’s minutes to be scaled slightly, his matchups burden has been lifted and the results have taken off this season. He’s slotted appropriately in the lineup and actually positioned to succeed now.

The 25-year-old is on pace for 60 points, but just as importantly, he’s significantly cleaned up his defensive play which used to be a major concern. He’s steadily improved his two-way results since the 2019-20 season.

Hronek’s surface-level analytics look middling, but his play-driving impact has been very impressive and includes some of the tidiest defensive results on the Red Wings, once you account for the chaotic environment around him using Evolving-Hockey’s RAPM tool.

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More behind the scenes. This is how the Red Wings will make their way to the ice from their dressing room. pic.twitter.com/t1PMjExBoH— Ken Kal (@KenKalDRW) January 17, 2023

Ken Kal tweets,

The visitors locker room is nice. There were meetings going on so I couldn’t show it to you all. Once you step out there’s a long walk to the ice

I'm surprised at all the negativity some people on twitter have for Mullett arena. Even though I don't agree, I always need to tell myself that it's ok for people to voice their opinions....positive or negative.

People always ask me to post "behind the scenes stuff" especially from the road arenas. Today I posted a behind the scenes video of Mullett arena and many people are ripping the arena to shreds. It's not right. Sorry folks, no more behind the scenes stuff coming from me.

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