Coming into the lockout shortened season the Red Wings had a ton of question marks. One of them was where Swiss league star Damien Brunner would fit in with this team. There was a ton of speculation about whether he'd be given a real chance to succeed or he'd be treated like previous newcomers in the organization.

We had heard about the kid's talent when Ken Holland signed him in the summer. Mike Babcock was the one pushing for him to become a Red Wing. Even with all that news we were skeptical if he'd be given a real chance or if he'd be sent to Grand Rapids to play with the Griffins while retreads like Mikael Samuelsson were given top six minutes instead. But the lockout ended and Babcock said Brunner would be starting the season on the wing with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. When it comes to having an opportunity to succeed there really isn't a better one than that.