Detroit Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren needs just six points in his last six games to become the highest-scoring rookie in Grand Rapids Griffins’ history.
With 54 points in 70 games, he is currently fourth on the franchise’s rookie points list. He trails only Glen Metropolit (55 in 1997-98), Gustav Nyquist (58 in 2011-12) and Teemu Pulkkinen (59 in 2013-14). Berggren is the sixth Griffins’ rookie to record 50 or more points. The Griffins’ single-season rookie history was detailed on their website recently.
His chances of taking down the Griffins’ mark are encouraging, given he has six multiple-point performances in his past 12 games. Berggren has a five-game point-scoring streak. He has three goals and six assists during the surge.
The Griffins desperately need his streak to continue. They are in a nip-and-tuck battle with the Iowa Wild and Texas Stars for the fifth and final playoff spot in the AHL’s Central Division. The Griffins play a road game against the Wild Tuesday. Because the AHL is playing an unbalanced schedule this season, the AHL standings are determined by points percentage. The Wild own the fifth spot today by virtue of a .515 percentage. The Griffins are at .500.
The Red Wings consider it important that the Griffins make the playoffs. That gives Detroit’s prospects more opportunities to play important games.
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