January 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings Kent Huskins (3) and Dallas Stars center Ryan Garbutt (40) battle for the puck in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

How Has Kent Huskins Fared?

When far too many of the Detroit Red Wings defensemen fell to injury within the first two games of the season, GM Ken Holland knew he had to find a veteran defenseman to fill a void.

While it set the Red Wings Twitterverse on fire with crazy defensemen theories (Nicklas Lidstrom coming out of retirement?! Andreas Lilja?! Or dare we even think it… Brett Lebda?!), the defenseman turned out to be Kent Huskins. Which led to more than a few people scratching their heads, saying, “Um, who?”

Huskins was signed on January 22 to a one-way contract and has been playing with the Red Wings since their third game against Dallas. He has been playing on a pairing with either Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff.

In the four games Huskins has played as a Red Wing, he has been a solid force on the blue line. While he has no points and 2 PIMs, that does not mean he’s been doing nothing. He has become a staple on the penalty kill, especially while Darren Helm was sidelined for a few games.

With Huskins on the penalty kill and both Helm and Patrick Eaves returning from their respective injuries, the Red Wings penalty killing has improved, successfully killing 19 of 21 chances. That’s definitely much better than just nine successfully killed out of 16 from the first two games of the season.

It’s not unlike the Red Wings to sign a veteran player to bring some experience into their ranks, even if it doesn’t always work out or puts the fanbase on edge. However, it seems as though Huskins is fitting right in to the roster.

Huskins was not signed to be an offensive defenseman. He was not signed to be the next Lidstrom or to fill Lidstrom’s spot all by himself. He was signed to simply fill in the gaps left by the injured Red Wings ranks. If you look at his signing in that light, how do you think he’s fared?

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  • Peter Fish

    I like this pick-up by the Wings. He has been very solid on defence and when Cola and White are back the Wings will probably say good-bye to Kindl.

    • franzenmuth

      We can only hope to get rid of Kindl, hahaha ;)

  • Alex Hodschayan

    Huskins is decent but also prone to injury. Only time will really tell.

    • Peter Fish

      Injury prone might be going a bit far. It is only fairly recently injuries have been a problem for him. He has played over 70 games a year for most of his career in the AHL and NHL.

  • http://twitter.com/Geetar06 Jordan

    huskins has done everything we’ve asked so far – been a reliable, responsible guy in the back end.