Ted Kulfan’s mid-season +/-

January 3, 2006

From today’s Detroit News:

Five surprises

1. Mikael Samuelsson: Really, now, did anyone in Detroit know who this guy was when the Wings signed him in training camp? Samuelsson has 16 goals and is a team-best plus-16. He’s been among their best players.

2. Brett Lebda: Undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame is giving the Wings a respectable 10-15 minutes of ice time every night.

3. Jason Williams: There were expectations Williams could thrive under new coach Mike Babcock, but 24 assists and 34 points? He’s having a career year.

4. Dan Cleary: He came to the Red Wings on a tryout basis, made the team and now can be found anywhere from the first to fourth line contributing in some way.

5. The Wings’ 11-1 record against the Central Division: They haven’t played Nashville yet, but the Wings have feasted on the rest of the division, a huge key while playing an unbalanced schedule, with eight games against each division opponent.


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