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What To Do With Filip Hronek And Olli Juolevi Is Ready To Play

03/08/2022 at 7:26am EST

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

A year ago, things were looking so promising for the future of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek. Coming off earning best defenseman recognition at the world championship, Hronek led the club in scoring last season.

The 2021-22 campaign has proven to be one of regression for the defenseman, however.

“I think with Fil, he’s a good player,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He competes hard. I think taking what’s given is an important part of his game.

“Sometimes he’s always looking for the home-run play. Even when you have the ability to make a home-run play, sometimes you look for it too much.”

Moritz Seider has usurped Hronek’s role as Detroit’s number one defenseman and quarterback on the club’s first power-play unit. There’s talk that he’s not happy in his reduced role.

While it wouldn’t be correct to suggest that the Wings might be actively shopping Hronek, they certainly would listen to offers for the defenseman if some team were to come calling.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Olli Juolevi showed something to warrant being a top-five draft pick, and it's the Detroit Red Wings turn to hope that can emerge.

Juolevi went through his first practice with his new team Monday, a day after being claimed off waivers when the Florida Panthers discarded him. Juolevi, 23, was drafted No. 5 by the Vancouver Canucks in 2016, but he only lasted 23 games in that organization, and played 10 games with the Panthers this season.

"For whatever reason it didn’t go right enough in Vancouver and it hasn’t gone right enough in Florida," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That doesn’t mean it will or won’t here. Time will tell."


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