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Is Jakub Kindl Ready To Play?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“The challenge for him is to find the confidence to be an NHL player,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “There’s no question in my mind, or Kenny’s (general manager Holland) or (assistant GM) Jimmy Nill’s that he’s ready to play. But now, you got to decide you’re ready to play.

“He has a lot of things we think are important to play in the (NHL) on the back end—the ability to move the puck, he skates good. Now, the ball’s in his court. No one ahead of him is giving him a job. He’s fighting for ice time and more opportunity to play.’‘

Barring an injury on defense, Kindl will need to beat out young Jonathan Ericsson, who must rebound from a rough season, or veteran newcomer Ruslan Salei to play.

“It was kind of nice when I heard from people, ‘You should make the team,’ ” Kindl said. “On the other hand, I know I have to show everyone I can play in the NHL and I really want to be a part of the Detroit Red Wings.

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