Back in Sweden, seeking to earn a spot on the Swedish national team for the upcoming IIHF World Championship, forward Jonatan Berggren is expressing sadness over the fact his strong rookie season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins didn’t earn him a look with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2021-22 NHL campaign.
“I have not tried to think so much about it but shut it out a bit,” Berggren told Expressen.se. “When you think about it, hockey can usually stink a little. I tried to take it day by day, have as much fun as possible and improve what I need.”
— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) May 8, 2022
Playing the entire campaign with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Beggren ended up posting 21-33-64 numbers. He concluded the season second among AHL rookie scorers, as well as 12th overall in league scoring.
“We had an exit meeting at the end and they have been satisfied,” Berggren said of Red Wings management. “Then I have received some tips.”
Red Wings Prospects Dominating WHL Playoffs
Red Wings draft picks are are topping several statistical categories as the WHL playoffs are into the second round.
Goaltender Sebastian Cossa (15th overall, 2021) of the Edmonton Oil Kings is the league leader in goals-against average (1.00), shutouts (3), wins (6) and save percentage (.957).
— The WHL (@TheWHL) May 8, 2022
Among defenseman Alex Cotton (132nd overall, 2020) of the Vancouver Giants is leading all defenseman in goals (5), assists (9) and points (14). Overall, Cotton is fifth in points and tied for second in power-play assists (5).
Ex-Red Wing Of The Night
The Red Wings aren’t in the Stanley Cup playoffs but several former Red Wings are. One of them is Dallas Stars coach Rick Bowness. A center in his playing days, Bowness suited up for 61 regular-season and four playoff games with the 1977-78 Red Wings.
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) May 8, 2022
During Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames that gave the Stars a 2-1 series lead, Bowness was drawing plenty of camera time and was even trending on Twitter. Hmmm. Wonder why?
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Sebastian Cossa’s third shutout of the WHL playoffs put Edmonton up 2-0 on Red Deer
- What does the future hold for Sam Gagner in Detroit?
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Pittsburgh: Following a horrid regular season, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen is finding his game in the playoffs.
Boston: The Boston Bruins pulled even at 2-2 with the Carolina Hurricanes in their series. However, the B’s have lost defenseman Charlie McAvoy to COVID-19 protocols. And did Bruins forward Brad Marchand really call Canes defenseman Tony DeAngelo a racist?
Washington: Coach Peter Laviolette offered indications he’d have an update on the condition of Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson (lower-body injury) prior to Game 4 against the Florida Panthers. Wilson is currently listing as day-to-day.
Florida: Yes, the Florida Panthers are down 2-1 to the Washington Capitals. But don’t go counting them out.
Colorado: After a scary and frightening scene in which he fell to the ice clutching at his injured eye, it’s now appearing as though Darcy Kuemper could be back in the Colorado Avalanche net for Game 4 as they look to sweep the Nashville Predators.
Calgary: The Calgary Flames are down 2-1 to the Dallas Stars and they are griping about the officiating.