WellwoodSMASHMember Since 03 Mar 2009
Offline Last Active Feb 03 2012 03:10 AM
Can the leopard change his spots?
Apparently, if his name is Kyle Wellwood.
Picked up on waivers last June for his pure skill with the puck and on-ice vision, he was a training camp fiasco with his scandalous fitness level. The ex-Spit was a few hours from heading to Russia to play in October after clearing waivers.
But a funny thing happened along the way.
On the eve of today's opening playoff game against the Blues
(10 p.m., Ch. 9), Wellwood has established himself as the centre of a solid third line who is responsible defensively and actually finishes the odd check.
Quite a transition for a one-time OHL scoring machine, not known for his work ethic ethic and a guy who had gone 159 consecutive games without taking a minor penalty.
"This is definitely the most excited I've been about hockey," Wellwood said.
"To be on a playoff team where everybody is a good player and it feels like any contribution you make is considered valuable."
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