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#17 Taro Hirose
Pos: LW
D.O.B.: 6/30/96
From: Calgary, ALTA
Height: 5'10
Weight: 162
Shoots: Left
Drafted: Undrafted
Acquired: Signed 2-yr contract with Detroit (NHL) 3/11/19
Plus: Great vision and anticipation... Quick feet, effective at making moves in a very small space... Good speed and balance... Shifty skater and effective puck carrier... Excels as puck distributer on powerplay...
Minus: Needs to think shoot more often... small player easily muscled off puck and out of position...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Coach - Jeff Blashill "Taro is a really, really smart hockey player who's got great poise with the puck. He had the puck on his stick a lot in college. Can that translate? Can he find ways to buy space and use his smarts to create space and play give-and-go hockey? If he can, if his game translates to this level, it'll be great. But you just never know until they are here how their games are going to translate."
What GRC says: 2019-20 Hirose has been an interesting player to watch, in that he does a lot of subtle things that you almost don't notice that lead to scoring chances. He sees the ice so well, that the puck seems to follow him around. He knows what to do around the net and has quick soft hands for rebounds, tips and wristers in close. Sometimes his size and intensity level lead to him being less of a factor than he is on other nights, but if you are not that big, you probably learn to fly under the radar a bit more instead of fighting to the net through traffic. He is an asset on the powerplay due to his creativity and quickness and incredible one-on-one moves. Hirose needs to get stronger, which would help him not get knocked off the puck so much and will also help his skating which could use some work specifically with acceleration.

Role: Powerplay Specialist
Projection: NHL 2nd or 3rd line Wing


3/11/19 Signed 2 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
12/3/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/5/20 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/11/20 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/8/20 Signed 1-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/8/20 RFA - Signed to one yr contract by Detroit (NHL)
1/12/21 Asigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
1/21/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
1/24/21 Activated from Taxi Squad
1/25/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
1/26/21 Activated from Taxi Squad
1/27/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
1/28/21 Activated from Taxi Squad
1/29/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
1/30/21 Activated from Taxi Squad
2/4/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
2/14/21 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/9/21 Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/10/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
4/12/21 Activated from Taxi Squad
4/13/21 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/13/21 Assigned to Taxi Squad
7/27/21 Signed 1-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/11/21 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
12/15/21 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
12/20/21 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
1/17/22 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
1/17/22 Assigned to Taxi Squad
1/17/22 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/23/22 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
2/23/22 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
3/11/22 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/8/22 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/12/22 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/13/22 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/23/22 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/26/22 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/30/22 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
5/21/22 Signed 2-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/9/22 Placed on Waivers by Detroit (NHL)
10/10/22 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
3/28/23 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
3/29/23 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/10/23 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/12/23 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
10/6/23 Placed on waivers by Detroit (NHL)
10/7/23 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)