Detroit Red Wings: Filip Hronek is doing Filip Hronek-like things again

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The Detroit Red Wings saw Filip Hronek lead the team in points during the 2020-21 season with just two goals to his credit. While it’s not saying much during the shortened season, but Hronek did finish first with two goals and 24 assists for 26 total points on the season.

Now, fast forward to the 2021-22 season, and Hronek is doing similar things once again. The Detroit Red Wings veteran defender is being the same defenseman he was last year, finding ways to make things happen and rack up points.

He’s just outside the top-five in scoring this season, so he may not be atop the leaderboard, but he trails only Moritz Seider for the most points among defensemen. Hronek has looked similar to last season, being a playmaking defender in the offensive zone.

While he may have been sat for a couple of games due to poor defensive zone performance a while back, he has since been able to find ways to collect assists on offense. It’s good to know he can be a comfortable offensive defenseman for this organization for years to come if Steve Yzerman feels he is a part of this team’s future.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek is picking up right where he left off.

So far in 2021-22, Hronek has grabbed one goal and tallied ten assists for 11 points over his 20 games played. He’s been able to set up at the top of the zone, put shots on the net that create scoring chances, and find the open man to set up for a goal.

He’s got a couple of helpers to his credit on the powerplay as well. It’s good to see Hronek finding his way onto the scoresheet. While it may be nice to see him take the scoring up a notch, it seems like his calling card as a defenseman is going to be the 4-6 goals a year with 30 assists type of player at his best.

But, if the Red Wings can get that out of a hopeful future second pairing guy, it should be viewed as a win. There’s no telling what the Yzerplan has in store, but Hronek being able to continue tallying assists and find ways to help this team create offense is only going to help them right now as they keep building towards the future.

This rebuild has become long, painful, and tiring. However, in 2021-22 the team is fun to watch and actually looks like they are moving in the right direction. Seeing Hronek carry over his performance from last year into this year is a great thing.

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Hopefully, he can continue to keep it up and even tally some more goals over the course of this season.