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Zetterberg and Brunner Dominant in Swiss League

November 1st, 2012 at 10:39 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Call it a sign of things to come.

Detroit Red Wings' forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner have been dominating the Swiss League while playing for EV Zug.

Brunner was signed as a free agent by the Red Wings in July, and many thought he would be skating with Zetterberg.

It turns out, they were right.

Detroit said they were going to put (Brunner) on a line with Zetterberg, so I got to do it first,” Zug coach Doug Shedden told The Canadian Press, "I texted (Red Wings GM) Kenny Holland and said, 'It works.'"

Zetterberg has posted seven goals and 11 points in five games. Brunner leads the league with ten goals and 26 points in 15 games. With that kind of scoring, the Red Wings could have a good thing waiting for them when the NHL lockout ends.

Brunner was a pretty hot commodity before free agency opened in July. Multiple NHL teams showed interest in the Switzerland native after he was named MVP of the Swiss League. When he visited Detroit, he stayed with Zetterberg. Brunner signed with the Red Wings July 1.

"In talking to Zetterberg, he likes him, and thinks he should be able to play in the NHL," Shedden said of Brunner.

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Tags: Damien Brunner, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, NHL

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