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Red Wings prospect Gustav Lindstrom aims to make name for himself | MLive

“(Frolunda) lost a lot of defensemen this year, so he’s going to get a lot of opportunity,” Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff said. “He’s a guy that we’re going to monitor closely and spend a lot of time on. He’s physical, he skates well, he’s got a good first pass.”

Lindstrom, incidentally, hasn’t met Lidstrom, who retired in 2012.

Lindstrom said of his favorites: “I like to watch some right-handed defensemen like Erik Karlsson, but if I should compare myself to some right-handed defenders in the NHL I would maybe say Anton Stralman or Kevin Shattenkirk.”

I’d be pretty happy if Gustav Lindstrom turns out to be like Stralman or Shattenkirk. You won’t see or hear me complain if he becomes a reliable 2nd pair defenseman. I’m really curious to see how the group of Lindstrom, Filip Hronek and Dennis Cholowski turns out.

Speaking of Cholowski...

Around the League

Weekly Reader: The 10 least-deserving NHL award winners of the last 20 years | ESPN

Hart Trophy, 1999-2000

Winner: Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues

Should have won: Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers

This has nothing to do with the article above, but it still really annoys me that Pronger won a Hart Trophy. It’s a joke that Nicklas Lidstrom was never even nominated.