I also think Hudler will feel a need to prove himself, to prove that he is still a Red Wing.
Not saying I feel he does, because I have no problem with him spending the year in the KHL, it was the only way he was not wearing another uni in the NHL.
I don't think he will jump right in and start scoring tons.
He will have new linemates which also takes an adjustment period.
I think next year is the year he puts up his best season in the NHL.
EDIT: Also the Wings are not the same team that he put up 57 points on, he will be relied on, counted on to score. Dan CLeary is not what he was 2 seasons ago (injuries or whatever facts are facts) Flip is better but I don't think they will be on the same line, though I think they should.
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