Jiri Hudler is a rather interesting story. After going to arbitration in the 2009 offseason and then booking it to the KHL after being awarded a two-year, $5.5 million contract, there were high expectations for the small forward upon his return in 2010.
He met none of them. The 2010-2011 season was an awful year for Hudler. So awful, in fact, that there were rumors that the Red Wings tried to trade Hudler during the 2011 draft to anybody who would listen, for pretty much anything, and nobody wanted him.
My how things have changed...Hudler has 27 points and is on pace to put up 54 points, which would be nearly 20 more than he logged last season.
It's certainly good for Hudler. It seems as if he's gone from nobody wanting to take him to the Red Wings not wanting to give him away to anybody.
It's quite a turnaround for Jiri. Let's hope he keeps it up.