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Svechnikov sounded upbeat for a possible return, saying “I’m going to be a better player, better person. I don’t think anybody is going to stop me, not one guy, not two guys.”
Svechnikov is known for pushing himself — working out, in games — sometimes so much that it isn’t beneficial. But his approach to having to miss so much time at a crucial stage in his development is a good thing.
It’s probably a safe bet that Evgeny Svechnikov will never become an elite or even all-star type player, but I think he could be penciled in for a solid middle-six role. The kid seems to have the right attitude as he progresses through his rehab from ACL surgery. He supposed to be ready to suit up for the Red Wings in mid-March, so maybe we’ll see him get a few games before the season ends.
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Always enjoy Elliotte Friedman’s work.