PLYMOUTH, Mich. It's quite the luxury to begin your NHL career playing on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
But that's what new Red Wing Damien Brunner will experience this week.
"That's the easiest thing in the world," Zetterberg said about playing with Datsyuk.
Zetterberg is used to playing with Datsyuk but for Brunner it's going to be completely new.
"I still wont believe it until I step out on the ice with him," Brunner said after his first practice with the Wings at Compuware Arena Sunday. "He's the only guy I haven't seen on the team. I'm looking forward to meeting him.
"When you have two guys like that on the same line the puck is going to be in the offensive zone a lot. I'll try to catch up with those guys and stay in the right place."
Datsyuk, who remained in Russia to play in the KHL All-Star Game, is expected back in Detroit Monday but won't practice right away.
Brunner, 26, is embarking on a new challenge in the NHL after leading the Swiss League ...