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Helm earns Carhartt award

by Dave Burke / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT – Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has preached time and again the importance of some of the young guys to rise up to the occasion and deliver offensively, defensively, anything that will help the team get a win.

In the wake of such a horrendous rash of injuries, center Darren Helm has stepped up and responded in a big way. For his great work, Helm was honored as the Carhartt “Hardest Working Player of the Month” by the Red Wings coaching staff.

Helm has always been known for his blazing speed and demonstrated it on the third line at the start of the season. He has also been a key figure on the penalty killing unit the last two seasons.

Recently, with many key Wings’ forwards derailed by injuries – Mike Modano (wrist), Pavel Datsyuk (hand), Dan Cleary (ankle) and Tomas Holmstrom (hand) – and Helm’s value has skyrocketed. He has added an offensive element to his game that could have been spurred by the increase in role. 

In January alone, Helm embraced the increase in ice-time by posting nine points in 11 games. He has played in all 50 games this season and now has 22 points, only two behind his career-high of 24 through 75 games in 2009-10. He is the 12th forward recipient of the Carhartt award and the 21st Red Wing overall.   
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