Numbers Game 2011 – Wrap Up

With Saturday’s release of the Red Wings 2011 Training Camp roster by Sarah Lindenau of the The Left Wing Lock, the final changed jersey number for the upcoming season is known.

As Mike Commodore has taken the #22 that Logan Pyett wore in camp last season, Pyett switches to the vacant #32.

The numbers for Detroit’s newest players have been known for awhile and I covered the prospects on Friday but here are the highlights now that everything is known.

Brian Rafalski – #28 (now assigned to prospect Tomas Jurco)
Chris Osgood – #30
Kris Draper – #33
Derek Meech – #14 (now assigned to prospect Gustav Nyquist)
Ruslan Salei – #24

Mike Commodore – #22
Ian White – #18
Chris Connor – #41
Garnet Exelby – #3
Ty Conklin – #29

Logan Pyett – from #22 to #32
Joakim Andersson – from #62 to #63

Red Wings to Bring Brunnstrom to Camp

As a bunch of people have picked up already today, Aftonbladet is reporting that the Red Wings are signing Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out contract and bringing him to training camp.

Brunnstrom was much sought after three years ago, when he chose to sign an enty-level contract with the Dallas Stars rather than the Red Wings or the Montreal Canadiens, as the Stars could offer him a spot in their opening night lineup.

After scoring a hat trick in his first career game, Brunnstrom “bombed out” (Malik’s words) and spent last season in the AHL, split between the Texas Stars and the Toronto Marlies.

To make the Red Wings, Brunnstrom would have to beat out someone currently in the lineup. More likely an impressive preseason would net him a spot with the Grand Rapids Griffins, with the possibility of being called up later in the year.

Numbers Game 2011 – The Prospects

We already know the jersey numbers of the Red Wings’ newest additions but with today’s release of Detroit’s roster for the annual prospects tournament, a few more numerical changes are now known.

Joakim Andersson is the only prospect returning to camp with a different number, switching from #62 to the #63 worn last year by tryout Antonin Honejsek. Ryan Sproul will take Andersson’s vacated #62.

Gustav Nyquist makes his first camp appearance in Derek Meech‘s old #14 while Brian Rafalski‘s #28 goes to Tomas Jurco.

Other 2011 draft picks claiming abandoned numbers are Marek Tverdon, who takes the #71 of 2010 try-out Brenden Kichton, and Xavier Ouellet, who gets try-out Marc Zanetti’s #61.

With Sergei Kolosov returning to Europe, try-out Evan Mosher gets his #68.

Try-outs Nick Oslund, Adam Estoclet and Brian Rufenach replace players who were in a similar position last year, as Oslund takes Darren Archibald‘s #58, Estoclet takes Stephen Johnston’s #64, and Rufenach gets Alex Cord’s #56.

Six players make their first appearance at camp wearing a number that was un-used last season.

Brooks Macek will wear #50, Alan Quine will take #74, and Richard Nedomlel picks up #73.

A trio of try-outs rounds out the new numbers. Zach Frank will have #72, Artem Sergeev will take #75, and Ramis Sadikov will take #76.

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