The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday recalled right wing Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Nyquist, 24, leads the Griffins in scoring and is tied for fourth in the AHL with 21 points (7-14—21) in 15 games. Originally Detroit’s third choice (121st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nyquist split his 2012-13 season between Detroit and Grand Rapids before helping the Griffins to their first-ever Calder Cup championship.
A native of Halmstad, Sweden, Nyquist has appeared in 137 games with Grand Rapids since 2011, notching 143 points (53-90—143) and 60 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward has also skated in 40 career regular season games with Detroit, posting 13 points (4-9—13), and 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games, tallying five points (2-3—5).
The Wings will battle the Carolina Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m., when Nyquist is expected to make his season debut.
The Griffins (11-4-1-1) are on the road this weekend, battling the Iowa Wild tomorrow at 8:05 p.m. EST and the Chicago Wolves on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST., before returning to Van Andel Arena for a seven-game home stand.
The Red Wings are swapping goalies with the Griffins.
On Tuesday, the Red Wings recalled goaltender Jared Coreau from the Griffins and assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to GR.
Coreau, 22, made his professional debut with Grand Rapids in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Oct. 5, marking the only contest he has appeared in with the Griffins. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound netminder has played in two games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye this season, producing a 0-1-1 record, a 3.49 goals against average and a 0.877 save percentage.
Mrazek, 21, made his season debut with Detroit on Saturday in a 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mrazek prevented all 14 shots he faced en route to his first career NHL shutout. The 2013 Calder Cup champion has also appeared in five contests with the Griffins this season, yielding a 2-2-1 record, a 3.14 GAA and a 0.891 save percentage.
The Griffins will take on the Rockford IceHogs at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday at 11:00am for their 13th annual matinee game, when Mrazek will be available to play. catch that game live on ESPN 96.1; pregame starts at 10:40am.
The Detroit Red Wings on Friday recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from
reassigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the Griffins from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
Mrazek, 21, has appeared in five contests with the Griffins this season, yielding a
record, a 3.14 goals against average and a 0.891 save percentage.
During his rookie campaign with the team last year, Mrazek posted a 23-16-2 record, a 0.916 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA.
Mrazek also became the second goalie in history to earn a victory in his NHL, AHL and ECHL debuts in one season.
Coreau, 21, made his professional debut with
Prior to being signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, Coreau spent three seasons with Northern Michigan University, where he posted a 15-19-4 record, a 2.70 GAA, a 0.919 save percentage and one shutout after starting in all 38 games during his junior year.
Mrazek will be available to play tonight when the Wings face the Calgary Flames at t the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Griffins (5-2-1-1) will hit the road this weekend, battling the Lake Erie Monsters for the first time this season tonight at and the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday at 5:00pm
The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled center Darren Helm and defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Luke Glendening to the Griffins.
Helm, 26, joined the Griffins last Tuesday on a conditioning loan, subsequently making appearances in Friday’s 3-2 home-opening loss to the Milwaukee Admirals and Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Rockford IceHogs at BMO Harris Bank Center. Helm has appeared in 249 regular season games with Detroit since the 2007-08 season, amassing 83 points (32-51—83) and 54 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward has also played in 65 playoff games for the Wings, including 18 games during the team’s 2008 Stanley Cup championship run, producing 16 points (10-6—16) and 18 penalty minutes. Due to various injuries, Helm has only appeared in one NHL game since Apr. 11, 2012.
Ouellet, 20, has posted two points (0-2—2) in five games with Grand Rapids this season. Prior to joining the Griffins, the rookie defenseman was a part of the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, tallying 101 points (31-70—101) from 2011-13. Ouellet served as a “black ace” with Grand Rapids for the first three rounds of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Glendening, a 24-year-old native of East Grand Rapids, made his debut with the Wings on Oct. 12, when he became the 133rd Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward has appeared in five games with the Wings, posting six shots on goal and two penalty minutes. After beginning his first pro season last year with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, recording 21 points (14-7—21) in 27 games, Glendening was recalled to Grand Rapids in December and produced 26 points (8-18—26) over 51 regular season contests. A key cog in the Griffins’ run to the Calder Cup, Glendening appeared in all 24 playoff games and tied for third on the team and first among AHL rookies with 16 points (6-10—16).
The Red Wings will battle the San Jose Sharks tonight at 7:30pm, when Helm and Ouellet will be available to play.
The Griffins (2-1-1-1) will host the Charlotte Checkers this Friday at 7:00pm before hitting the road to take on the Chicago Wolves on Saturday at 8:00pm and the Iowa Wild on Sunday at 6:05pm EDT.
As the Grand Rapids Griffins prepare to raise the banner at this season's home opener at Van Andel Arena tonight, here's a special look back at the Griffins' Cup-winning season.
Catch the game tonight on NewsRadio WOOD 1300 & 106.9fm. Game time is 7:00pm; coverage begins at 6:40pm.
During three October home games, the Griffins will pay tribute to former East Grand Rapids hockey player Keeland Johns by wearing a #25 sticker on the backs of their helmets.
Johns, 18, was killed in an automobile accident returning from a Detroit Tigers game on Aug. 18. Several members of the Johns family as well as the EGR hockey team will be in attendance Friday to remember Keeland and celebrate what would have been his 19th birthday.
The Johns family had Griffins season tickets for many years and, in fact, Keeland left his own graduation party early so not to miss Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals in June.