The Athletic’s Bultman on Cholowski’s debut

The Athletic’s Max Bultman penned an article regarding Dennis Cholowski’s first game as a Red Wing:

Beyond the sheer exhilaration [of scoring], though, there was a larger process at work. In August, as Cholowski got set for the series of camps and exhibitions that would make his opportunity possible, he already knew what the recipe would be if he was to have a chance.

“It’s mostly just be more confident,” he told The Athletic then. “Be the guy that just wants the puck — be able to make the play, lead the rush and join the rush.”

At first blush, Cholowski is not someone who seems particularly demanding. He is quiet, and plays a game built more on poise and intelligence than flash.

But when Larkin went into the corner…

“I saw him look over his shoulder (and) just yelled as loud as I could for the puck,” Cholowski said, “because I was wide open.”

Continued (paywall), and here’s Cholowski’s first goal, via AWood40: took note of Cholowski’s debut from a fantasy hockey perspective:

Detroit Red Wings: Rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski (6 percent owned in Yahoo) scored a goal in his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. He played 19:51 on the top pair with Danny DeKeyser, saw 0:59 on the power play, and benefited from even-strength exposure to forward Dylan Larkin, who had the primary assist on Cholowski’s goal. Cholowski had 66 points (14 goals, 52 assists) in 69 games in the Western Hockey League last season and is worth considering in deeper leagues with Mike Green (illness) out for at least one month. The Red Wings’ next game is on the road against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

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