The National Post ran a little piece about the newest Griffin to get called up to the big squad amidst the nearly countless injuries plaguing the Red Wings…
“I just try to play my game, work hard in practices, and let the chips fall where they may. I bring some speed and some rough, physical play.”-Kris Newbury
I’m guessing we all would have been less surprised that he took a penalty on his first shift we had known this fun fact: he had 29 penalty minutes in one single period during a game with the Griffs last week.
“Newbury understands how he’s supposed to play.”–Mike Babcock
Where Detroit stands in the Western Conference play-off race, I think calling up Newbury and Janik (guys with experience) makes a lot more sense than bringing up a young kid to get him some time with the big club.
Right now, we’re trying to keep our head above water, so the safer bet would be to call up someone who isn’t going to make a lot of waves, play sound positionally, and not make any glaring mistakes. Newbury might head to the box once or twice a game, but he knows what he’s doing out there. He brings an always welcome edge to the Wings game.
So all of you people hoping for Tatar (who left anyway to go play for Slovakia in the World Junior Championships), just be patient and give Williams a chance to stick his finger in the dam.
“He’s a little bit of everything. He’s all over the place, he’s quick. He’s a big body, but he’s got some skill.”–Jeremy Williams