Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff penned a column for DetroitRedWings.com in which Duff discusses Wings prospects Ryan Kuffner, Taro Hirose and Kaden Fulcher. It’s Fulcher’s comments that I find most interesting:
Last season was his first as a pro, and Fulcher saw action at three different levels — with the ECHL Toledo Walleye, at AHL Grand Rapids and finally, part of one game between the pipes for the Wings.
“(The NHL) really wasn’t something you expected in your first year at all, even the call-up to Grand Rapids,” Fulcher admitted.
All of the advice he received about what to expect at the NHL level, it may sound like cliches, but Fulcher’s here to tell you every bit of it is fact.
“I think the speed and the shot speed was definitely going be something to get used to, and I think that has been. I think being better with your hand-eye and your hands is one of the biggest things I’ve had to work on this year to kind of make sure I’m seeing those shots and reacting well to them and putting them in good places.”