DAILY PRIME- DECEMBER 29: SIGN OF HOPE; DETROIT PROSPECT ALERT; HAP... primepucks.com Oct 09 '78

The NHL has made a new offer to the NHLPA in an attempt in ending the NHL lockout. Both sides will review the proposal today and if there is any common ground, a meeting can be set up for Sunday. More info as we get it..

Keep your eye on Detroit's second round pick from 2011, Xavier Ouellet. The hot-shot defenseman recorded two assists in Canada's 6-3 victory over Slovakia at the World Junior Championships and has been showing off his tremendous offensive skills in the QMJHL all season long. He could make the jump to the pros sooner than later as the Nicklas Lidstrom void in Detroit still needs to be filled. If young Brendan Smith doesn't get the job done, Ouellet should be next in line for an opportunity to be the Wing's power play quarterback of the future. He should be on all keeper league fantasy radars.

Happy birthdays to D Filip Kuba and LW George Parros!

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