it's only been two games, but Wings fans have been praising the play of Swedish defenseman Nik Kronwall. He's impressing with aggressive hitting, swift skating and smooth passing.
He's been caught out of position a few times (and been forced to take penalties) but otherwise he's been stellar.
In my eyes, he's ready for the NHL now. But when Chelios comes back, he'll probabably return to the minors.
Overall, however, he looks very good. Potentially a second pairing guy who can play on the PK or PP.
good to hear. Kronwall was a big favorite of mine when he was with DIF in the SEL. Very entertaining to watch a rather small guy lay those huge hits.
You say he has the potential to be a second pairing guy. I've always thought he could become a #2 defenseman on a team and I really hope he will.
Sweden will need a few good defensemen when Lidström and the other older guys retire.
Obviously it was a Detroit fan who was able to watch Nik play and considering the Red Wings' roster of defensemen which includes Hall of Famers Niklas Lidstrom, Darien Hatcher, Chris Chelios, former All Star Matthiew Schneider, budding All Star Fisher, with an impressive third paring of Wooley, and Dandenault it's understandable why the poster might have slightly lower expectations for Kronwall...in the technical sense.
But him saying "second paring" basically means All Star status.
I was watching last nights game and the anouncers mentioned that one of the coaches called him Nick the second...which was after he made a nice move and got a shot on net, the other anouncer of course retorted that if hes half as good as lidstrom then that would be great (or something to that affect)..from what I saw Kronwall played a solid game and with more luck he would have more points - he had 1 assist - If u ask me when chelios returns they should trade him and keep kronwall - just my 2 cents worth.
i am very happy that Kronwall is being given a chance in Detroit. when Hatcher was injured and Jaime Rivers was called up to take his place i was pretty dissapointed (even though i realized he would just be a 7th d-man, basically). i hope Kronwall has shown enough in Grand Rapids and his short stint in Detroit this year to prove he is ready for the NHL. I'm no fan of Detroit particularly, but they DO need some good young blueliners. Hopefully, Kronwall is one of them.