With Thomas Greiss still unavailable and Calvin Pickard also injured, the Detroit Red Wings were adding a fourth goalie to the roster Tuesday in as five days.
The Red Wings are summoning Victor Brattstrom from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. Brattstrom, 25, will be suiting up for Wednesday’s game at Little Caesars Arena against the New York Rangers.
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It will be Brattstrom’s first stint in the NHL. The Goteborg, Sweden, native is playing his rookie season in North American hockey.
Brattstrom has a 6-10-3 record in the AHL with one shutout. He’s logged a 3.55 goals against average and a 0.890 save percentage with the Griffins. Brattstrom also appeared in three games with the ECHL Toledo Walleye from Nov. 19-Dec. 4, recording a 2-1-0 ledger with a 4.25 goals against average and a 0.829 save percentage.
Red Wings Goalie Brattstrom A North American Rookie
Brattstrom served a stint on Detroit’s taxi squad from Dec. 26-29. However, this will be his first appearance on an active NHL roster.
“It’s fun,” Brattstrom said of being a Red Wing. “Detroit likes Swedes so I’m happy to be a Swede.”
Greiss left Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders following a collision with Isles forward Oliver Wahlstrom. He hasn’t played since. Greiss practised with the Red Wings on Tuesday but afterward, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill’s indications were that Greiss wouldn’t be ready to play on Wednesday.
Pickard was summoned to replace Griess on the roster. However, in Sunday’s 11-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pickard suffered an apparent leg injury when Penguins forward Bryan Rust fell on his legs during a goal mouth scramble. Greiss beat the Rangers 3-2 earlier this season at Madison Square Garden.
If Brattstrom should see action, it will mark the first time since the 2019-20 season that the Red Wings have used four netminders. That season, Jonathan Bernier (46 games), Jimmy Howard (27), Pickard (three) and Eric Comrie (three) saw action in the Detroit goal crease.
Brattstrom, chosen 160th overall by the Red Wings in the 2018 NHL entry draft, would also be the first Detroit draftee to play goal for the team since Howard on Feb. 27, 2020 against the Minnesota Wild.