HSJ’s notebook: On Taro Hirose’s learning curve

This morning, the Free Press’s Helene St. James posted a notebook article which reflects upon the Red Wings’ summer development camp. Among her notes is this snippet regarding Taro Hirose’s high “ceiling”:

It’s a small sample size, but since the Wings signed Taro Hirose (Michigan State) in mid-March, he’s done nothing but impress — seven points his first 10 NHL games. He’s also easy to play with. 

“My coach at Union always says you can’t teach hockey sense and a guy like that, it’s evident,” Jack Adams, a sixth-round pick in 2017, said after playing with Hirose in Friday’s 3-on-3 tourney (it was after that event Adams noted that Yzerman was watching everything). 

Hirose is a front-runner to secure a spot on next season’s team. When he isn’t studying video, he’s hitting up guys like Larkin and Thomas Vanek for tips.

“I’m trying to be a student of the game, watch what the best players in the world are doing, because those guys see things like that,” Hirose said. “Being able to pick their brains, guys on the team, to what they’re seeing on plays and seeing things that I maybe don’t see. I’m trying to learn all the time and that’s a big part for me.”

St. James continues, discussing Mortiz Seider, Albin Grewe, Otto Kivenmaki and Malte Setkov…

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