Darren Helm has been out of the Detroit Red Wings line-up for the better part of two years, but against the Edmonton Oilers he made his triumphant return to the NHL and he did it in style
On his first shift in the game he picked up the puck, raced down the ice on a breakaway, and buried the puck behind Richard Bachman. The puck bounced over Jeff Petry‘s sick and once Helm had the puck, Petry had no shot at catching him.
The icing on the cake is that Helm’s goal ended up being the game winning goal for the Red Wings.
There were questions about whether or not he would have the same speed we are used to from Helm because of the back injury, but he looks like he is fully healthy and the speed is there.
Helm played with the fourth line against Edmonton and had only 10:10 seconds, by far the least on the team, but it was a great first step for Helm.
The Red Wings will take it slow with Helm because they do not want what happened to Helm to strain his back again like he did in his only game last season.
If Helm can continue to play solid defense, win face-offs, and stay healthy; then I can see good things continue to happen for not only Darren Helm, but for the Red Wings as well.
Since Helm was able to score on the breakaway, seemingly for the first time in his career, fans have “theorized” that his back was fine, but his double hand transplant had not taken until now or as we “theorized” the robot devil just made good on Helm’s bet and gave him his robot hands. Stay tuned for a Holophonor opera soon.
It was nice to see Helm back on the ice for the first time in almost two years am I am looking forward to seeing more of him this season.