from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“Everyone’s really happy for him,” Anthony Mantha said.
Hirose’s first NHL goal came 19 days after the Red Wings signed him as a free agent out of Michigan State. During that time, the 5-10, 160-pound winger has made a significant impact with six points in seven games in a seamless transition.
“I’ve watched guys go from college to the NHL, you just never know what’s going to translate with guys like that who are free agents and for whatever reason weren’t drafted,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’re talking in the back and (director of player development) Shawn Horcoff said to me, ‘It looks exactly like he did at Michigan State. That’s how he played.’
“He looks to me like he’s an NHL player. He can give you scoring. (Athanasiou) for sure knows he’s a real good player, he’s trying to get him the puck because he knows he’s going to get it back. I think that’s a real, real positive for us. Great job by Jiri Fischer.”
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,