Sure he played in the game against Washington, but that game was barely a game and I missed it, so it doesn't count. So, in my mind, Brunnstrom's first game with Detroit was Saturday, and I walked away impressed. Click the jump for more.
First off, I didn't realized how tall the kid is. 6'3" and a hell of a wing span. Sure that cost him a penalty, but that'll happen and it was more of a bad place bad time deal then because of anything.
He protected the puck well, using that aforementioned wingspan, and worked well with his linemates. Moreso, he got himself in scoring areas and messed with (a very overrated) Hiller enough to allow Nick to fire one past him. Some people are calling for interference, but that's complete crap. He put himself in a good position and earned that assist.
But the most impressive thing was that I noticed him when he was on the ice, even though he was playing on the fourth line. He's a scorer at heart and usually when you put a scorer on the fourth line, those types of players can be invisible. But I noticed him all over the ice, the entire game.
I hope he gets some more chances this season to prove himself. He's a good player and has a chance to really bring something to the team, but only if he gets some ice time. I'd rather see him playing over Emmerton without question. At the very least, this shows the rediculous depth Detroit has at forward.
What are your thoughts on the kid?
I think Babbles has talked about him being a Top 6 forward recently. I would love to see him get a chance up in the top lines, and I can name a few forwards I wouldn't mind seeing skip a shift with a Euro Twin...
Looks like good ole Fabio will get another start, tomorrow. Brunnstrom more than proved himself the other night. I want more of that play. Need moar points!
Couldn't agree more. Looked really good out there. His speed is very noticeable and he looks big out there. Hudler looked good with Helm and Abby but I wonder if Brunstrom might be a better fit given his speed.
But, a line of him with Eaves and Miller on our 4th would be pretty sick. All 3 can skate.
@DetCapC19 The way Helm and Abby are hounding the puck right now, I think they would make most would-be line mates look good. That line has played the most consistant hockey through the depression if you ask me. They just create a huge matchup problem for most teams third lines.
I'd love to see that line!
I'm excited to see more of what Fabs has to offer. Very impressive so far.