Red Wings’ Youth Need To Step Up on Blueline and in the Crease

December 9th, 2009 by Jim Balint Leave a reply »
The Red Wings are slowly getting healthier, but still need you players to assume a bigger role on the team.

Today, I’ll take a look at the defensive players that the Wings are hoping can step in and step up.

Considering Jonathan Ericsson has only been playing defense for seven years, he has come a long way in a short time. When the Wings found him in 2001, he was playing center for his junior team. The Wings’ scout convinced him to switch to defense, and the Wings drafted him with the last pick in the 2002 draft.


Ericsson made his first appearance in the NHL in 2007, playing eight games, notching a goal, four penalty minutes, and a minus-three rating.


The next season, the Wings called him up from Grand Rapids for an extended stay, to fill in for the injured Andreas Lilja.

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