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The Wings Are Better With Jake Walman And Oskar Sundqvist

04/08/2022 at 8:52am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In a little more than two weeks, Jake Walman and Oskar Sundqvist have demonstrated how they make the Detroit Red Wings better.

Sundqvist arrived at the NHL trade deadline with a meatier resume, but Walman has maximized the nine games since March 21 to show he has a future with the team, too. He has used his speed to help the Wings break out the puck, and he's made them more dynamic because of his shot.

"He’s done a good job," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Certainly he’s a shooter, he can really shoot the puck. I think he’s been accountable for the most part defensively, so he’s done a good job."...

undqvist is 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds and plays like it. He has a mean edge to him, and he's adept around the net, with smarts to boot. On Wednesday, he made a simple play with the puck when he dumped it softly along the boards and below the goal line, but it lead to Michael Rasmussen's goal in the 3-1 victory. Sundqvist has four points in nine games with the Wings and 91 points in 279 career games. He plays both special teams and is an effective checker.

"He’s a good pro," Rasmussen said. "He’s really heavy, he’s good positionally, he’s really really hard on his stick. He’s just a good player, a guy you can put on in the last minute of the game. It’s good to watch him, how he is positionally and with his stick, how he uses his body in battles."

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