Elmer Soderblom. Jonatan Berggren. Pontus Andreasson. Taro Hirose. Kyle Criscuolo. Albert Johansson. Tyler Spezia. Cross Hanas. Steven Kampfer. Brian Lashoff. Maybe even Joe Veleno. Those are some of the players who could play for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season.
The Griffins should be much improved this season. The Detroit Red Wings will be sending several key prospects to their American Hockey League affiliate over the next few seasons. The Red Wings want to make sure young players are in a competitive environment. The mix of AHL veterans and skilled young players should accomplish that this season.
“It should be an exciting year with lots of great prospects ready to make their mark with the Griffins,” Griffins president Tom Gortsema said. “We are eagerly looking forward to developing the next Moritz Seider.”
This week the Red Wings re-signed Chase Pearson, but he possibly could be claimed on waivers by another NHL team if the Red Wings send him down.
Grand Rapids’ goaltending would be handled by Jussi Olkinuora, Victor Brattstrom and former Michigan State player John Lethemon unless the Red Wings decide not to send 2021 first-round pick Sebastian Cossa back to the Western Hockey League.
The Grand Rapids Griffins unveiled their schedule this week.
Some Detroit fans were probably disappointed to hear that the Florida Panthers won the Matthew Tkachuk sweepstakes. There certainly were fans hoping the Red Wings were trying to land the gritty 24-year-old goal scorer.
The Red Wings were not on the published group of teams that had previously been on his list.
Toronto, Detroit, Montreal, Tampa, Boston and Buffalo realizing there’s 2 Tkachuk’s in the division now pic.twitter.com/O0GeZ4l6lx
— Capital Gains (@Capital_Gains65) July 23, 2022
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