The Detroit Red Wings’ team points leader board is topped by the two names we’d most expect to see: Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. The goals leader board, however, is lead by a new name. Damien Brunner – the 26 year old NHL rookie from Switzerland – leads the team with three goals on the young season.
He was dominant in his time in the Swiss league, but it wasn’t known how his game would translate to the NHL. So far, though, he’s acquitted himself just fine. He’s scored goals in three of Detroit’s six games — including one in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars — and he also found the net for the shootout winning goal in the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It was a fancy move too:
It’s going to take some time to really find out what type of player Brunner is going to be here in the NHL, but if his early play is any indication, he’s going to do just fine. The Red Wings are going to need a player like him to step up in a big way if they hope to make serious noise in the Western Conference this season.