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Taro Hirose is back in the NHL but his future with the Red Wings is uncertain

After spending the majority of the past two seasons in the American Hockey League, Taro Hirose is back with the Detroit Red Wings.

The 25-year-old winger has four points (one goal, three assists) in 10 games with the Red Wings this season after partying with the Grand Rapids Griffins earlier this year. Hirose remains the Griffins’ leading scorer in 2021-22 (with 45 points in 52 games) despite not adapting to the team since March 9.

Since the Red Wings signed Hirose to his entry-level NHL contract at Michigan State University in 2019, the 5’10”, 162 lbs. winger has played in 52 games with Detroit in four seasons while being very productive in the AHL.

As a junior with the MSU Spartans in 2019, Hirose racked up 50 points in 35 games and – along with Adam Fox, Quinn Hughes and eventual winner Cale Makar – was named a top-ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

Hirose decided to forgo his senior season in college and ultimately opted to join the Red Wings that spring. He immediately impressed, amassing seven points in his first ten NHL games to close out the 2018-19 season.

Early feedback on Hirose seemed to indicate that Detroit might have found a strong mid-six scorer who could contribute for years to come. Instead, Hirose has just 13 points in 42 games with the Red Wings over the past three seasons.

“The hardest thing for guys that are kind of in those places is you don’t just come up and necessarily go on the first line,” Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said. . Recount Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press in March. “You have to prove that you can be an effective player on different lines and then really shine on the power play.”