Red Wings prospect Taro Hirose spoke with NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase at the end of August. Hirose told Gulitti that he knows he’s got to earn a spot on the Wings’ roster, despite having displayed fine form during a 10-game stint with the Wings last season:
“You definitely have to earn it, so I’m not going in with any sort of expectation I’ll be on the team,” Hirose said. “I just have to play my game and show them that I should be there and give them reasons to not send me down.”
To prepare for camp, Hirose spent the summer in Detroit training with a group of Red Wings veterans that included forwards Dylan Larkin, Luke Glendening and Darren Helm, and fellow young players such as defenseman Dennis Cholowski and forwards Givani Smith, Joseph Veleno and Filip Zadina.
The Red Wings had suggested that Hirose come to Detroit to train prior to their development camp in June, but the Calgary, Alberta, native decided to stick around for the rest of the summer.
“I felt comfortable with the workout and the skates we were doing, so I wanted to stay,” Hirose said. “It’s been really good just being able to work out and get to know some of the other guys and skate with them. I feel like I’ve had a really productive summer.”