Mathias Brome an early camp standout for Detroit Red Wings
Detroit – Every year at training camp, regardless of the sport, there is often someone who comes out of nowhere and runs at a roster seat.
Almost a week after this accelerated camp began, Mathias Brome is playing this role for the Red Wings.
Brome scored two goals (one per shootout) in the Intrasquad on Tuesday.
General Manager Steve Yzerman signed Brome, a vacant free agent, in April.
Brome, 26, has moved up the depth map for the past week. With Darren Helm (non-playable) unavailable on Tuesday, Brome played in line with Luke Glendening and Adam Erne and was effective on that control unit.
“He’s still doing a good job,” said coach Jeff Blashill. “The influence on the game plays a big role in watching. You may have good skills, but if your game impact is negligible it won’t really help. His influence in practice and then in play has been quite positive. “
Brome’s conversations with former Wings defender Niklas Kronwall seemed to convince Brome that it was time to test himself in the NHL.
A steady career in the Swedish Elite League had put Brome on the Wings’ radar.
“I felt more ready,” said Brome of his decision to come to North America. “I’ve grown as a player and I’ve developed a lot in Sweden. At this point in my career, I really think there is a good chance that I can come here and fight for a place on the team.
“I am 26 years old and it is time to do this.”
Brome had 20 points in 23 SEL games last fall before arriving at the Wings camp.
Blashill has seen a lot of Brome on video, but seeing Brome in camp has given the coaching staff a different perspective.
“He’s a bit faster than I probably thought,” said Blashill. “He works very hard. That way, he did a good job. Now this whole thing is going to grow a lot and he’s going to give up a lot of greatness in the end.
“But he’s done a nice job so far. He seems like a smart player. “
At 6 feet, 183 pounds, Brome won’t overwhelm people. But Brome has put his speed and instinct to good use on the ice so far, proving his versatility which is always a good quality when trying to create a roster.
“He was good on our penalties, good at power play, when he got a chance he was good at 5v5,” said Blashill. “We hope he’s a guy who can improve our line-up and give us depth.”
This season’s regular NHL season schedule will include a majority of the series in a row, similar to major league baseball or college hockey.
defender Troy engraver, who played collegially in North Dakota, believes the two-game series will be good for players and fans alike.
“Every weekend in college you play against a team on Friday and Saturday in your home stadium or at your home stadium,” said Stecher. “We can somehow bring this style into our locker room. If you lose a game, it is not the end of the world. You just have to find a way to level up the next game.
“You never want to be swept up on a series.”
In a shortened regular season with 56 games, a good start is crucial.
“It’s going to be a sprint,” said Stecher. “We have to come out of the gate strong. It will be exciting and good for the hockey game in general. “
Veteran forward Sam Win During his stay in Edmonton, similar modifications were made to the wings.
Gagner believes he can help the younger Wings players with his NHL experience.
“Your top players need to be insulated to a depth that can help in many different ways,” said Gagner. “We have a great group of young players who have really taken a step and must continue to do so.
“Personally, I think I have a lot more game to go and I think Steve (Yzerman) felt the same way,” said Gagner. “It’s just about being prepared and I feel like I am. When everyone goes out and does their part, it helps everyone take a step forward. “
The wings remain a popular team for national television networks.
The national schedule released on Wednesday shows the Wings will air ten times nationwide, three of them on NBC.
The games are: January 18 against Columbus (noon, NBCSN), January 24 in Chicago (12:30 pm, NBC), February 3 in Tampa Bay (5:30 pm, NBCSN), February 7 against Chicago (7:30 pm) , NBCSN) February 21 v Florida (7:00 p.m. NBCSN), February 28 Chicago (7:00 p.m. NBCSN), March 28 v Columbus (3:00 p.m. NBCSN), April 4 at Tampa Bay (noon, NBC), April 19 in Dallas (7:30 p.m., NBCSN) and May 2 against Tampa Bay (3:00 p.m., NBC).