The Red Wings officially signed former Swiss scoring champ Damien Brunner to a one-year, two-way entry level contract. This is according to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com.
A week in the making, Brunner verbally agreed to sign with the Wings after negotiating a release from the final year of his contract with Zug of the Swiss league.
Brunner caught the attention of the Wings after his play in the World Championships. Head coach Mike Babcock further indicated that Brunner would start the season as a top six forward with Detroit.
Although not the biggest guy in the world, the 26-year-old Brunner led the Swiss-A league in scoring with 24 goals and 60 points in 45 games. He is also another right-handed shot and has drawn comparisons to Jiri Hudler.
Of course Brunner does face his challenges as he makes the transition from European hockey to the NHL. The smaller ice surface could pose a problem however the Wings believe he could refine his skill in Grand Rapids if he doesn’t win a position out of training camp.
“The thing for us is he’s high, high paced, he scored, looks like he has tons of skill,” Babcock said during the draft. “Can he adjust and play the North American game? We’re going to give him every opportunity. He’ll be a top-six forward to start with us and see where he goes with us.”