DETROIT -- It seems like just yesterday when Jonathan Ericsson was the young defenseman arriving on the scene and making an impact for the Detroit Red Wings.
In the Wings' 2009 playoff run, Ericsson stunned everyone with his four goals and four assists in the 22 games, and by playing three days after an emergency appendectomy. He had played just 19 regular-season games.
Now 29, Ericsson is part of the Wings' top defensive pairing, along with fellow Swede Niklas Kronwall.
When Nick Lidstrom retired and Brad Stuart left to return to San Jose, it meant a bigger role for Ericsson.
"They always had a good D corps here, so it just took a while to get in," Ericsson said. "Thats how they develop all the players here, and I think theyve done a good job.
"When you get up here, most players are ready to stay up and not be up and down. You have to be patient. Everything doesnt come all at once. You just have to work your way in."
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