There’s undoubtedly been one real positive through this incredible stretch of injuries the Red Wings have had lately. The future could be real bright. During this period of having eight regulars out of the lineup, the Red Wings have learned there is considerable promise among all those prospects who had been succeeding in Grand Rapids. And for this last little stretch, impressing on the NHL stage as well. Saturday’s 5-4 shootout victory in Toronto was the latest example. Recent call-ups Tomas Jurco (one goal, one assist), Riley Sheahan (two assists) and Luke Glendening (four hits in 17 minutes 30 seconds) were among the Red Wings best players in an important divisional game. “Our kids were real good. They’re obviously going to be real good players,” coach Mike Babcock said. “They’re big, fast and they know how to play. We’re fortunate to have a farm team with bunch of kids who are ready to come (up).” Babcock put together Jurco, Sheahan and Tomas Tatar (tying goal) late in the game and the line was a consistent threat. “Each minute you play here you learn something and have more confidence,” Jurco said. “We all need some experience but I’m pretty happy with how quick we kind of got the systems and (are) playing good.” Tatar is almost like the elderstatesman among the group, having started the season with the Red Wings. But last spring, Tatar was the playoffs’ most valuable player as Grand Rapids won the Calder Cup. Tatar sounded like a proud big brother talking about the likes of Jurco and Sheahan after the Toronto victory. “They’re playing a good game right now, they’re feeling good about themselves,” Tatar said. “They came up here and they had been on a good streak down there, and they’re playing with confidence.
Young players seize opportunity for injury-ravaged Red Wings
Detroit News | Dec 23