Red Wings sign Michigan State's Taro Hirose, Princeton's Ryan Kuffner as undrafted free agents

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News


Taro Hirose

The Red Wings signed two forwards — Michigan State's Taro Hirose and Princeston’s Ryan Kuffner — Tuesday to two-year, entry-level contracts.

Both were undrafted college free agents, whom general manager Ken Holland said will join the Red Wings as early as this week.

Hirose, 22, spent the last three seasons at Michigan State, scoring 116 points (33 goals) in 106 games.

Hirose led the country in points (50), points-per-game (1.47) and assists (35) this season. In Big Ten play, Hirose led the conference in scoring with 34 points (10 goals) in 24 games.

At 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, Hirose compensates for lack of size with skill.

Kuffner, 22, had 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) in 31 games at Princeston this season.

A 6-foot-1, 195-pound left wing from Ottawa, Kuffner had 75 goals (152 points) in 132 games during his collegiate career. 

Kuffner is viewed by scouts as a capable goal-scorer but speed could be an issue at the pro level.

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