Jonatan Berggren strengthened his place in the Detroit Red Wings’ rebuild without setting foot in the Motor City during the regular-season.
The Swedish left wing enjoyed a quality season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He finished 12th in the American League scoring race with 21 goals and 43 assists for 64 points. That established a new Griffins’ record for points by a rookie. Berggren was the AHL’s second-highest rookie scorer, trailing only Buffalo Sabres JJ Paterka (28 goals, 68 points).
Berggren is not on the AHL All-Rookie Team. The All-Rookie forwards are Paterka, Calgary Flames’ prospect Jakob Pelletier (62 points in 66 games) and Sabres’ prospect Jack Quinn (61 points in 45 games).
The Red Wings are pleased Berggren improved as the season wore on. He ended the season with an 11-game point streak. Berggren registered points in 15 of his last 18 games. In those 15 games, Berggren boasted 10 multi-point games.
Some Red Wings fans wanted Berggren called up. However, general manager Steve Yzerman is consistent with his approach with younger player. For example, he likes prospects to spend a full season in Grand Rapids without going back and forth. Moritz Seider was not called up in his first season Grand Rapids.
Berggren’s AHL season should help him be ready to play for the Red Wings next season
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