"I think Brunner's a guy who eventually will be able to challenge for a top-six (forward) spot. I really believe that," Babcock said. "We understand it's a long year. We're about winning today and that's our focus.
"He's in a tough spot, but I'm not concerned about it. I talked to him a number of times. He's getting better, working hard. He'll get in a game."
Perhaps more importantly, Brunnstrom says...
Brunnstrom said he can't complain. He knew what he was up against when he joined the Red Wings on a tryout in training camp.
"This is the best group of forwards in the whole NHL," Brunnstrom said. "It's going to take a lot of work (to get in the lineup), but it's a lot of fun to hear that (he has top-six potential)."
The Red Wings have five days off before their next game, Friday at home against Columbus. All Brunnstrom can do is work hard in practice and bide his time.
"Of course I want to play, but the last two years have been so miserable and now I feel good," Brunnstrom said. "I'm on a great team with great guys. I feel like I'm (getting) better every day just by practicing with these guys. I'm having a lot of fun. Next step is to play some games."
Best quote from Brunner so far:
"It's been a tough two years for me; at times it wasn't as fun as it was before," Brunnstrom said. "But here, I wake up every morning and feel like 'Wow, it's a great day for hockey.'"
Edited by Red Wings Addict, 16 October 2011 - 12:52 AM.