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Red Wings Re-Sign Brattstrom; Four Goalies Signed For 2022-23



Victor Brattstrom, Grand Rapids Griffins

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed goalie Victor Brattstrom, 25, who showed improvement playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.

“I think (Brattstrom) learned over the course of the season,” Grand Rapids coach Ben Simon said at the end of last season,  “in practice, in games in certain situations how to battle more, how to fight through traffic to make that extra effort for that second save that tertiary save, to really compete on a daily basis.”

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After giving up 22 goals and posting an .845 save percentage in his first five appearances, the Swedish goalie found his game on the North American ice.

“As the games went on, he slowly matured his game. (He) was way more consistent with that. In saying that, when (Calvin Pickard) got hurt he had to carry the load and he was ready,” Simon said. “He did a really good job. I don’t think he’s ever played three games in three nights in three different cities like he did. And a few times he was doing it sick. A lot of people don’t know that. He learned how to battle
harder physically and mentally as the year went on.”

Cossa Will Also Be In GR

Brattstrom was a Detroit sixth-round pick (160th overall) in 2018. He finished last season with an 11-16-3 record for Grand Rapids. His save percentage was .894.

The Red Wings have incumbent Alex Nedeljkovic, Finnish goalie Jussi Olkinuora, first-round pick Sebastian Cossa and Brattstrom under contract for next season.

As it stands now, Cossa will play in Grand Rapids next season with Brattstrom. The Red Wings could sign another veteran goalie.

The Grand Rapids goalie positions are important to the rebuilding Red Wings because their better prospects will playing there. Thomas Greiss and Calvin Pickard are both unrestricted free agents and expected to sign elsewhere.