Over the next few weeks we will be looking at Detroit Red Wings’ players who are becoming Unrestricted Free Agents this summer and deciding whether or not the Red Wings would re-sign them or cut them loose.
HEIGHT: 5′ 11″
CAP HIT: $1,350,000
STATS: 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) / 44 games played
Damien Brunner got out to a fast start at the beginning of the season, with 10 goals and 6 assists in his first 20 games. He was not able to sustain the production though and was only able to produce 2 goals in the last 24 games, but he was able to tally 8 assists.
Brunner was a big factor in the playoffs on the Rookie Line, with Gusatv Nyquist and Joakim Andersson and had 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 14 games.
He will be looking for a pay raise though and with four RFAs and another four possible UFAs that will be re-signed the cash amount might not be there.
There is a lot going for Detroit to keep Brunner though; he said the reason he decided to sign with Detroit was because of Henrik Zetterberg and the Wings have him locked up until 2021.
Brunner had a very solid first year with the Red Wings and that was without a training camp and preseason to adjust to life in the NHL. If the Red Wings are able to re-sign this Swiss wonder I expect even greater things on the horizon.
Damien Brunner possess the drive, determination, and elite scoring skill be be a productive NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings. While, he might be a bit too fancy at times, he is young and he loves to score goals.