Detroit has a contingent of fans who believe 2015 first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov never received a true shot to prove he could play for the Detroit Red Wings.
Too many injuries. Not put in situations where he could succeed. That would be their argument.
Some of them are probably thinking they were correct in that assessment now that Evgeny Svechnikov is playing right wing on the Winnipeg Jets’ second line. Svechnikov, the older brother of Andrei Svechnikov, has six points in 12 games.
The key has been reuniting him with center Pierre-Luc Dubois. They were high-scoring linemates for the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Hockey League six years ago.
The two of them have some funny tales about arguing with each other but whether somebody should have shot or passed. But the bottom line was: they had exceptional chemistry back then. And now they seem to have the same chemistry in Winnipeg.
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