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...

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

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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)
23 Comments on this post.
  • William Center
    10 September 2014 at 2:36 pm

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

  • Jason Keller
    10 September 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Slip down

  • Mike Miller
    10 September 2014 at 2:44 pm

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

  • Pete Ettinger
    10 September 2014 at 2:52 pm

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

  • Detroit Sports Nation
    10 September 2014 at 2:59 pm

    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

  • Brady Krizanic
    10 September 2014 at 3:41 pm

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

  • JackMullz
    10 September 2014 at 3:44 pm

    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

  • Timothy L’Huillier
    10 September 2014 at 3:49 pm

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

  • Gail Foster
    10 September 2014 at 4:43 pm

    He's my favorite. Do not slip him down

  • Lisa A Munroe
    10 September 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Let him fully recover and not risk injuring it again.

  • Richard Spychaj
    10 September 2014 at 5:44 pm

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

  • Rich Clark
    10 September 2014 at 5:52 pm

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

  • Tony Kowalski
    10 September 2014 at 7:42 pm

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

  • David Chevalier
    10 September 2014 at 8:23 pm

    No surprise. Has not played a full season yet.

  • Chris Buchanan
    10 September 2014 at 9:57 pm

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

  • Harvey Rinke
    10 September 2014 at 11:53 pm

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

  • Gregory Benson
    11 September 2014 at 1:55 am

    Let Sproul play.

  • Bob Drexler
    11 September 2014 at 4:57 am

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

  • Bob Drexler
    11 September 2014 at 4:58 am

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

  • Matthew Townley
    11 September 2014 at 8:34 am

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

  • Stevlas Yzerstrom
    11 September 2014 at 11:42 am

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

  • Brian Pehrson
    12 September 2014 at 9:54 am

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

  • Matthew Vocino
    12 September 2014 at 12:10 pm

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


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