A defense corps that has been off to a shaky start in the 2013 season got a welcome boost Monday night from the strong play of Brian Lashoff in his NHL debut. The Detroit Red Wings got their first goal of the season from Lashoff, who also saw time on the penalty kill and in the overtime period as the Wings got a shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Injuries to Jakub Kindl and Jonathan Ericsson made Lashoff’s recall necessary, and he did not look out of place in his first taste of NHL action. His goal (with assists to Mikael Samuelsson and Niklas Kronwall) at 1:10 of the second period was the first of the season for the Red Wings. He played more than 18 minutes, and an injury to Carlo Colaiacovo during the game will likely keep him with the Wings for at least the rest of the week.
After two seasons with the OHL’s Barrie Colts, Lashoff was signed by the Wings an an undrafted free agent. Injuries saw him play sparingly with the Grand Rapids Griffins until the 2011-12 season, when he showed drastic improvements at both ends of the ice. He scored eight goals and added 11 assists for Grand Rapids last season, and had two goals and four assists through 36 games this season.
The lockout gave Wings head coach Mike Babcock a chance to scout the team’s AHL prospects, and he told local media that Lashoff and Adam Almquist might get their shot in Detroit if there was a season. A solid debut from Lashoff was a welcome sign for a Red Wings team that has been besieged by injuries already in this abbreviated season. The Red wings also signed Kent Huskins to a contract Tuesday, and hope to have him in the lineup for their home opener against the Dallas Stars.