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Jonathan Ericsson Still Not 100% After Finger Surgery

While his 2013-2014 campaign started off on a decent track, Red Wings' blueliner Jonathan Ericsson saw his season end early when he fractured a finger and was determined to need surgery to fix and stabilize it. While the surgery was successful, Ericsson admits that he is still not 100% recovered and does not see it being much different for the start of the season.

Despite this fact, Ericsson does say he will be ready to play come the start of the season on October 9th. He's logged top-pairing minutes the last two season alongside countryman Niklas Kronwall, and has seemed to come into his own along they way, developing at a rapid pace.

The big question remains: with his playing still not at 100%, do you pair him at the top with Kronwall, or does Babcock take the minutes easy on him and let Danny DeKeyser log some top-pairing minutes, while Ericsson uses time on the 2nd or 3rd pairing to recover? Let us know what you think!

-Nathan Webb

(Featured image courtesy of RantSports.com / USA TODAY Sports)


About Nathan Webb

Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@GetThePuckOut89)

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  1. Slip down... need to make sure he's ready to go 100 percent with out fear of re-injuring.

  2. Slip down

  3. Let dekyser or kindl log those minutes and get them some valuable time while Ericsson works his way back

  4. Dekeyser needs to sign a new contract first, which I'm sure he will, just don't know when

  5. Detroit Sports Nation

    DeKeyser has already come out and publicly stated that he has no doubts that a deal is going to get done. He only wants to play for us. So it's just a matter of them sitting down and hashing it out. -NW

  6. Kindl is terrible, it's a finger injury I'm sure he can manage

  7. Smith plays best with Kronwall, so put Ericsson on the second pairing with DeKeyser. Quincey and HOPEFULLY Ouellet will be on the third pair, with Kindl gone, and Lashoff as the 7th defenseman

  8. Slip him down to 3rd. More recovery time needed.

  9. He's my favorite. Do not slip him down

  10. Let him fully recover and not risk injuring it again.

  11. Slide him to the 2nd line, give him recoup time but team time as well

  12. He's my favorite too but he needs to be 100% to be on first line.

  13. Amputate Quincy's finger and put it on Ericsson's

  14. No surprise. Has not played a full season yet.

  15. Go out and get a top defenseman. Because we don't have one right now.

  16. Broken finger! tape it up you sissy and play the game.

  17. Let Sproul play.

  18. Yeah we need to get him healthy, let dekyser fill in

  19. Hey how are the wings gonna do this year? It's been pretty quiet about them lately

  20. Let him lay down in the crease in front of Howard, maybe then he'll do something useful like block a shot.

  21. The number one defense pairing for Detroit should be Niklas Kronwall and Danny Dekeyser

  22. how about they just cut him and not deal with him at all?

  23. Shame on the staff if they bring him back before complete healing...