Hey, kids, guess what? Hockey's almost here. That means it's time for me to get back into this whole blogging thing that I've neglected during the off-season. Since I lack the creativity to come up with a new gimmick, I decided to continue the Player Profiles series I did last year leading up to the season. I'll be taking a look at a different player (almost) every day between now and when hockey starts. By my count, there are 26 days until the Wings open the regular season. Get excited. Today's subject:
2009-2010 Regular Season: 64 GP, 15-19-34, +/- -3, 29 PIM
2010 Playoffs: 12 GP, 2-0-2, +/- 3, 4 PIM
Season Highlight: This particular play is stuck in my memory.
Season Lowlight: Injuries.
Dan(ny) Cleary had a pretty mediocre season last year. He was hampered by injuries that limited the number of games he played as well as his effectiveness. Hopefully, his knee issues were sorted out with his off-season surgery and he can get back to playing as well as he has in the past.
He's expected to spend the season on the third line with Jiri Hudler and Mike Modano. Yeah, I'm pretty excited about the prospect of those three making up the Wings' third line. It almost seems unfair. Not really though. With linemates like Hudler and Modano, I don't see any reason why Cleary won't rebound.
What he needs to do to make me smile: Return to the form we saw from him before last season.