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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