Now that Jonatan Berggren has etched his name in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ record book, will Jeff Blashill soon be writing Berggren’s name into the lineup of the Detroit Red Wings?
Berggren became the new leader on the Griffins rookie single-season scoring list when he bagged his 60th point (20-40-60) of the campaign. With two assists in the contest, Berggren became the first rookie in franchise history to reach the 60-point plateau. In addition to having the rookie-scoring title, Berggren’s 40 assists are the most by a Griffins’ rookie and his 20 goals are tied for eighth most.
Barber's 2nd of the night and 24th of the year was a work of art🤩 pic.twitter.com/QG4zN0nT7O
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) April 24, 2022
The Swede also pushed his point streak to a season-high nine games (5-10-15). Riley Barber extended his AHL-leading career-high point streak to 15 games (14-7-21), scoring both goals for Grand Rapids.
The Griffins were eliminated from the AHL playoffs on Saturday. With postseason participation off the table, might the Red Wings consider recalling Berggren to make his NHL debut in one of their final two regular-season games?
Considering that winger Tyler Bertuzzi (no COVID-19 vaccine) can’t play Tuesday in Toronto, the Wings will likely be recalling a forward to play against the Maple Leafs.
Hot Red Wings
Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider is -10. However, he’s been on the ice for 22 empty net goals against. Eliminate those from the equation and Seider is +12.
Cold Red Wings
Defenseman Olli Juolevi suited up for Sunday’s 3-0 win at New Jersey. He’d been a healthy scratch for 13 consecutive games since Detroit’s 11-2 loss at Pittsburgh on March 27.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Holding New Jersey to a season-low 17 shots, Detroit blanked the Devils 3-0
- The Red Wings signed 2021 first-round draft pick Simon Edvinsson to a three-year, entry-level contract
- The Grand Rapids Griffins were officially eliminated from the AHL playoffs
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