Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman says prospects must earn their way to the show. He specifically says he would like to see them “dominate” at the American Hockey League level before being called up. Jonatan Berggren may have done just that Tuesday night.
The 2018 second-round pick produced four assists in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 5-3 win against the Cleveland Monsters. Berggren had three primary assists among the four. He has 11 points in his past eight games.
Berggren, 21, now has eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 30 games for the Griffins. Last season, Berggren was a Top 10 scorer in Sweden’s top league with 45 points in 49 games for Skelleftea.
The Red Wings would like to see Jonatan Berggren add some weight to his frame. But the Red Wings rank 24th in NHL scoring with an average of 2.68 goals per game. If Berggren continues to produce at the AHL level, the Red Wings will have to consider bringing him up
Jonatan Berggren's four assists lift the Griffins over the Cleveland Monsters 5-3.
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) January 19, 2022
Rumor of the Day
Pierre LeBrun of the Athletic reports that the asking price for Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg is at least a first-round pick, prospect and perhaps another draft pick. Several of the contenders are interested in Klingberg, including the Boston Bruins. They currently hold the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Around the NHL
Detroit: Lucas Raymond loses out in the “Last Man In” All-Star contest. Tampa Bay Lightning veteran Steven Stamkos wins the final Atlantic Division spot.
Boston: Hockey Now”s Joe Haggerty writes the Bruins didn’t show up against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Calgary: Sean Monahan and special teams big in Flames’ triumph against the Florida Panthers.
Florida: The Panthers streak comes to an end in the loss to Calgary Flames.
Washington: Alex Ovechkin scores his 27th as the Capitals take down the Winnipeg Jets.