yave1964 Posted March 8, 2014 Share Posted March 8, 2014 Johan Franzen, I apologize. I have ripped on the Mule for his lackluster play at the start of the season, for his indifference to playing defense, to missing shots to not using his big body in front of the net. He began the season slowly to put it mildly, with 2 goals and 3 assists in the first 13 games, and more than that you hardly noticed him on the ice. For a big body with a cool moniker he was hardly spotted. His effort was questioned, whispers were began that he might be used as a buyout over the summer. It is no coincidence that his revival came about around the time the Wings recalled Gustav Nyquist. The two seem to be in sync, Nyquist with his speed and quickness and the Mule with is instincts for the net. The two of them have proven to be a perfect marriage and after the first 13 games Franzen has taken off. First 13 2 goals 3 assists -2 next 23 13 goals 16 assists +14 In between he missed considerable time with a concussion but has come back as the leagues hottest player. The Wings need the mule to continue, maybe not at his current pace, hell nobody can play for long at his current pace he has 12 points in his past 6 games, but they need him to continue to be a leader of this club, to help young Nyquist continue to establish himself at an NHL level, to work the net, aggravate other teams, in other words to be the mule. With Zetterberg gone for the year and Datsyuk looking like he will play on one leg when and if he can return someone has had to step up as the leader of this bunch and the Mule has done so playing inspired hockey and showing what he is capable of. When he is on, there are few better and the way he is leading the charge not just on the ice but as the emotional leader of the club is a breath of fresh air. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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