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 17 days until the Wings open the regular season. Get excited. Today's subject:
2009-2010 Regular Season: 68 GP, 25-20-45, +/-5, 60 PIM
2010 Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-3-7, +/- 3, 12 PIM
Season Highlight: Scoring his 200th goal in classic Homer fashion against New Jersey. (It always seems like he should have more goals than that after all these years.)
Season Lowlight: Letting Brett Lebda break his foot in practice.
After struggling with injuries in recent years, Homer had a bit of a resurgence last season. He missed some time due to a broken foot suffered during practice (Thanks, Lebda.), but was one of the Wings' most consistent scorers. He ended up contributing a much higher thane expected 25 goals during the regular season. Despite what the media would have you believe, there's still nobody better at screening opposing goalies and causing havoc in front of the net than #96.
Homer's still an essential part of the powerplay, and he's slated for first line duty with the Eurotwins this season. If he stays healthy, he should once again be racking up tip-ins and “unofficial” assists. There are few things more enjoyable to Wings fans than seeing Homer make life miserable for opposing goalies. Plus, any interview with the man is bound to be entertaining, for sure.
What he needs to do to make me smile: Keep introducing goalies to his backside.