Michigan Hockey’s Michael Caples spoke with Taro Hirose and Justin Abdelkader as they attended the MSU Pro Camp at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing today, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan was also at the rink to speak with Abdelkader regarding the challenges #8 faces in terms of regaining his form this year:
“I just have to be ready for whatever role I will be put in, and then making sure I can contribute that way,” Abdelkader said. “I’ve been fortunate in my career playing with some real good players, whether it’s been Pavel (Datsyuk) or Z (Henrik Zetterberg), and I’ve been on fourth lines a lot, especially at the start of my career.
“I’ve got to find ways to contribute. We have a lot of good, young players, and hey, I’m all about winning and team success and making sure the young players are staying on the right path and that’s part of my job, too — as I get older, to make sure I’m a guy these guys can count on to talk to and push them.
“The Red Wings have built a tradition here and how to work over the years since Steve’s first year here. It’s about keeping that culture around and making sure guys know that’s how we do it here.”
Continued, and regardless of what you think of Abdelkader the player, he’s certainly a well-spoken human being.
Update: Here’s WXYZ’s Brad Galli with a video report from Munn: