The Detroit Red Wings signed Taro Hirose from the Michigan State Spartans, and since then he has proved to be a substantial addition. Going into next year, the hope should remain that he can continue to produce well for the Detroit Red Wings.
Taro Hirose signed with the Detroit Red Wings after his NCAA season concluded with the Michigan State Spartans. Hirose offered a lot of upside for the Red Wings, and he showed this in his short time with the Red Wings at the end of the 2018-19 regular season. He may have only been with the Red Wings for ten total games this season, but his style of play shows evidence of a player with a lot of potential for a stable future.
Through the 10 games he played with the Red Wings, Hirose tallied one goal and six assists for a total of seven points. He was an even zero for plus/minus on the year which was pretty impressive for a young player.
The thing about Hirose that showed the most upside was his overall poise and style of play. The way he controlled the puck and showed no fear of NHL talent was impressive. He handled the puck well and made plays in the offensive zone that were very productive.
With the 2018-19 season being over, the Red Wings can only hope that Hirose will keep performing at a high level as he did at the end of the 2018-19 season. Hirose should be able to be a part of a forward core full of young talent with the likes of Michael Rassmussen, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Filip Zadina and Andreas Athanasiou. Hirose could easily slide into a line where he is paired with Rassmussen and Zadina.
All of this is hypothetical, but the fact remains that Hirose was productive for the Red Wings and he offered upside by showing that he is going to be an excellent offensive piece to this Red Wings offense as he develops more.
The Red Wings brass should be excited to see a team that may be rebuilding but is offering a lot of upside on the offensive side of things. There is a lot of young talent that allows for the Red Wings to have a solid forward core for a long time. Hirose will be able to keep up the success he was having and turn himself into an offensive threat for the Red Wings.
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It sure seems like if Hirose becomes an offensive threat, and the rest of the young talent performs as they are projected to, the Red Wings should have some great talent in the years to come. Hirose is not the only one, but over the next few years, Red Wings fans should be able to watch players like Rassmussen, Zadina, Joe Veleno, and others form the next Red Wings team that will compete again. With Steve Yzerman at the helm, it sure seems like the Red Wings are going to be heading back to the playoffs in the near future.