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New additions looking to make impact. Written by Devon Kemmer(aka hgimn) - November 30th, -0001

New additions to the Wings this year are looking to make a impact.

With some new forwards and some back for a second stint after playing with the Saskatoon Blades in the ICHF last year.

Nigel Dawes,Jason Williams,Mike Green,and Johan Franzen are all coming into Detroits plans this year.Green and Dawes saw limited action last year and filled in decently.

Dawes a left wing sniper played for Detroit in season 3 and suited up for 6 games in the regular season gaining a assist,6 shots on goal and had a plus/minus rating of -1.He spent the past season going inbetween Detroit and Saskatoon.While he was with the Blades he played in 76 games,scoring 36 goals,and grabbing 37 helpers along the way for 73 points.Dawes has played for the Wings since season two where he got his first goal and was -6 in 15 games.He exploded in season 3 with 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 82 games,had a plus/minus rating of -1,and was tied for 4th in team scoring with Team Captain Steve Yzerman.

Jason Williams has played for Detroit his entire career.He played in all 82 games in season one scoring 9 points off of 4 goals and 5 assists,and was plus/minus - 19 with 53 shots on goal.In season two he dressed for 52 games,battling through injury.He scored 6 goals and had 2 assists for 8 points.He was -11 and had 37 shots on goal.In season three he again played all 82 games scoring 5 goals and adding 15 assists for 19 points,he was -5 and had 69 shots on goal.In season 4 he was demoted to the Saskatoon Blades for conditioning and was named team captain until a deal bringing Kyle Calder to the team him a alternate captain.He scored 24 goals,and added 42 assists for 66 points in 82 games.He upped his physical game and recorded 278 penalty minutes.

Green a offensive Defenseman suited up for the last game of the year last season and recorded 2 shots on goal and was even.He was a free agent signing of the Wings in season 2.In season three Green saw action in 7 games and was a plus/minus -5 and fired 11 shots on goal.He spent the past season in the minors with the Saskatoon Blades.He played in 81 games,scored 13 goals,added 26 assists for 39 points and like Williams upped his phyical game and recorded 233 penalty minutes.

Franzen,affectionatly known as "Mule" around the league has played for the Wings since he was a free agent signing alongside Mike Green.He played in 76 games in season 3 for the Wings scoring 7 times and added 5 assists for 12 points,was -13 and had 53 shots on net.In season 4 where he was sent to the Blades to hone his North American game he played in 82 games scoring 19 goals,had 41 helpers for 60 points.

This next generation of talent should bolster Detroits lineup,with a few key players having retired,being lost to free agentcy,or sitting on the fence deciding if they should play another year before hanging up the skates for good.

One of those players is vetern shutdown man Martin Rucinsky."I hope that these new players fit in with the system that head coach Mike Babcock has going" said Rucinsky."People my age aren't going to be around forever and we need young guys like them to replace us." said the 37 year old Rucinsky.

Dawes is likely to slide into the 3rd or 4th line left wing slot,while Mule is slated to play alongside Mattew Lombardi on the 2nd line also on the left wing,alongside those two it is expected that Jason Williams will slide into the 2nd line right wing slot.Mike Green is supposed to play on the top pairing with vetern Defensemen Sergei Gonchar where it is expected that he will learn from his more experienced partner.
"I'm extremely happy to be able to play for such a storied team in Detroit,and to be able to learn from some of the best players in the league."said Green.

From the Detroit Free Press-Dated June 17th/2008

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