Quick Hits: The Building Blocks Edition

In Red Wings Land

Filip Hronek continues to be bright spot during difficult Red Wings’ season | Detroit News

With Danny DeKeyser hurt for the majority of the season thus far, and Trevor Daley and Mike Green missing portions of the schedule, Hronek has had to play more minutes than probably is ideal for a developing 22-year-old pro.

But Hronek has been up to the task, with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 29 games, with a minus-13 rating, while playing a competitive, 23 minutes a game (leading the team) — the brand of hockey that this roster needs.

Red Wings fans have got to be happy with Filip Hronek so far this year. It’s been a bleak season, but it’s nice knowing we have Hronek, Moritz Seider and Dennis Cholowski as building blocks for the next decade. Are those three enough? No, but it’s a nice trio to start out with on the blue line.

Around the League

Three big NHL questions: Which team will trade for Taylor Hall? | Sportsnet

I don’t know how they’ll make it work, but I think the Boston Bruins will somehow find a way to go all in and acquire Taylor Hall as a rental.