Swiss star Damien Brunner is officially a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He originally agreed to a deal with the Red Wings back on June 22, but he couldn't officially sign until Sunday when NHL free agency opened. Now, the deal is done.
#redwings also confirm they have signed F Damien Brunner to one-year, 2-way, entry level deal.— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) July 1, 2012
Mike Babcock said last week that he considers Brunner to be a top-six type of forward. Babcock came away impressed with what Brunner did at the World Championships in May, and Babcock plans on giving Brunner "every opportunity" to make the Red Wings' roster out of training camp.
Obviously, it remains to be seen if Brunner's game will translate to the NHL, but considering this is a two-way, one-year deal, there is really no risk in giving him a shot.