The Red Wings’ Newbury Kid on the Block

A Gordie Howe hat trick is considered to be a goal, an assist and a fight. If Gordie were playing for the 2009-10 Red Wings, the hat trick would consist of a point, a hit and an injury. The Wings this year have been fighting off a season-long power play. This team is missing some of its top contributors and looks extremely vulnerable in a highly-competitve Western Conference. With Darren Helm recently going down with an injury, the Wings turned to the most obvious choice: Kris Newbury.

newburyAs you OHL afficionados know, Newbury is a young Brampton native who scored his first goal on New Year’s Day 2007 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Back in his OHL days, he was a scoring machine averaging nearly 100 points a season.  He was a hot commodity once drafted into the NHL, but he has struggled to see playing time during the game.

Since the ’06-’07 season he has only played in 17 games, scoring twice (including the recent Wings victory). With four PIM and two shots in his first game with Detroit, it is clear that Newbury is hoping to make the most out of his latest NHL stop.

Other Thoughts: It’s good to see Todd Bertuzzi beginning to feel like his old self again. He has become a series threat for the Red Wings, even with that ridiculous spin-o-rama thing he does. Drew Miller has been an exciting pick-up for the team, he seems to wow the crowd each time he touches the puck. If the playoffs were to end today, Detroit would be in 8th place. Wings fans shouldn’t worry since the conference leaders San Jose have six more points and the division leaders in Chicago have four more points.