Griffins Jersey Number Updates

I’ve already looked at the Red Wings’ jersey number changes this season but now that the Griffins have released their camp roster, I can do the same for them.

None of last-season’s full-time Griffins are changing their numbers for the coming year but all of the players who joined the team late in the season have been assigned different numbers than those they wore during Grand Rapids’ Calder Cup run.

Defenseman Ryan Sproul gives up the #2 he had been wearing (having inherited it from Cody Lampl and Carlo Colaiacovo) to Joe Hartman, switching to the #7 vacated by Brendan Smith‘s ascension to the Detroit roster full-time. Fellow blueliner Xavier Ouellet switches from #37 to #16 while Richard Nedomlel goes from #41 to #45, a rare case of a Griffin wearing a high number.

With Ouellet taking #16, Marek Tvrdon drops to the #13 previously assigned to Gustav Nyquist, who seems poised to make the jump to the Red Wings.

Teemu Pulkkinen switches from #26 to the #6 that was briefly assigned to Andreas Athanasiou, with #26 going to free-agent signing David McIntyre. Calle Jarnkrok drops from the #25 he shared with Mike Knuble last year (and was originally assigned to Damien Brunner) to the #12 vacated by Brent Raedeke‘s departure. Kevin Lynch picks up the #25 from Jarnkrok.

Newcomer Alden Hirschfeld takes Francis Pare‘s old #9. Similarly, Martin Frk picks up Tomas Tatar‘s #27, Dane Walters gets Brian Lashoff‘s #32, Travis Novak will wear Jan Mursak‘s #39 and Alexey Marchenko gets the #3 that was shared by Erik Spady, Mark Mitera and Brett Skinner.

Goalie Jared Coreau gets his usual #31, meaning that he joins Landon Ferraro (#29) and Petr Mrazek (#34) as the only Griffins assigned the same number in Grand Rapids as they are in Detroit.

Joakim Andersson‘s old #18, Chad Billins‘ #14 and Danny DeKeyser‘s #55 were not assigned for camp.

Red Wings Send 17 to Grand Rapids

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday the assignment of 17 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Forwards Tomas Jurco, Martin Frk, Andrej Nestrasil, Trevor Parkes, Mitch Callahan, Marek Tvrdon, Calle Jarnkrok, David McIntyre and Jeff Hoggan were sent down in preparation for the Griffins’ training camp this week in Grand Rapids. They are joined by defensemen Gleason Fournier, Ryan Sproul, Brennan Evans, Max Nicastro, Xavier Ouellet and Richard Nedomlel. Goalies Tom McCollum and Cam Lanigan will also join the Griffins at camp.

Of the 17, McIntyre, Hoggan, Evans, McCollum and Lanigan were not under contract with Detroit and were in the Red Wings’ camp as invitees. None of the others were expected to compete for a spot with the Red Wings, though Jurco could see time as a call-up in case of injury.

The moves leave Detroit with 38 players remaining on the roster.

Red Wings Rout Bruins in Preseason Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored eight times on Thursday night, getting goals from eight different players en route to a 8-2 preseason victory over the Bruins in Boston.

Boston prospect goalie Malcolm Subban allowed all eight Detroit goals, facing 27 shots on the night. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first two periods before being replaced by Tom McCollum for the third.

Justin Abdelkader opened the game’s scoring on the power play at 5:01 of the first period, kicking a rebound chance from his skate to his stick at the top of the crease and knocking the puck past Subban.

Grand Rapids Griffins forward David McIntyre made it 2-0 with 3:53 remaining in the period when he lifted a backhander into the net in a goal-mouth scramble on a delayed penalty.

Henrik Zetterber’s slapper from the high slot off a feed from the left wing by Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-0 at 3:28 of the second period and Danny DeKeyser made it 4-0 at 9:17 when he snapped a shot past Subban from down low in the right circle.

Jarome Iginla finally got the Bruins on the board with 8:13 left in the middle period. Matt Bartkowski sent the puck from the left wing to the front of the net and Iginla redirected it past Howard with his skate.

Daniel Cleary started Detroit’s four-goal third period on a two-on-one with Tomas Tatar. Cleary grabbed a loose puck in the Detroit zone and carried it the length of the ice down the right wing before cutting to the net and shoveling a backhander past Subban.

Nick Johnson would score the only goal against McCollum with 8:28 remaining, taking a pass in the high slot and faking around Datsyuk to cut to the front of the net and roof a backhander over the goaltender.

Niklas Kronwall would respond with a power play goal just 1:24 later, firing a blast from the blue line that deflected off the stick of Daniel Paille in the slot on its way past Subban.

Only 32 seconds after that, Joakim Andersson golfed the rebound of a Gustav Nyquist shot in behind Subban to make it 7-2.

Datsyuk would round out the scoring with 5:47 remaining, taking a long stretch pass from Zetterberg to break in on Subban all alone and beat him top shelf.


The Red Wings were without forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen, who were allowed to rest minor injuries… Earlier in the day Patrick Eaves suffered a leg injury in practice… Jakub Kindl left the game early with a hip flexor… Before the game, forward Teemu Pulkkinen was suspended for four preseason games for boarding in Tuesday’s game in Chicago.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Bruins – 9/19

The Red Wings visit the Boston Bruins tonight with most of their second line missing. Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson are both out nursing injuries, so Tomas Tatar and Daniel Cleary will take their spots. The full lineup tonight is as follows:

Henrik ZetterbergPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader
Daniel Cleary – Stephen Weiss – Tomas Tatar
Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonMikael Samuelsson
David McIntyreLuke GlendeningJordin Tootoo

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyserJakub Kindl
Adam AlmquistBrian Lashoff

Jimmy Howard will start and play two periods. Tom McCollum will play the third. Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

2013 Red Wings Jersey Number Wrap-Up

I’ve already touched on the sweater numbers worn by the Red Wings at their development camp in July and the fact that Joakim Andersson has (as expected) switched from #63 to #18. Since the full training camp roster is now out, I’ll take a look at some of the remaining numbers.

With Daniel Cleary accepting a PTO from the Flyers (with a three-year deal on the way as soon as they can clear the cap space by putting Chris Pronger on LTIR), there’s no conflict as Daniel Alfredsson takes #11.

Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans, having lost the #3 he wore in January’s Red and White Game to Nick Jensen, takes the departed Valtteri Filppula‘s #51. Similarly, Nathan Paetsch drops from #71 to the #24 vacated by Damien Brunner and Triston Grant takes the #28 that formerly belonged to Carlo Colaiacovo. Grand Rapids captain Jeff Hoggan goes from #73 (now assigned to Griffins’ forward David McIntyre) to the #81 worn in the development camp by Mattias Janmark.

Calle Jarnkrok gets the #70 that was worn in development camp by free-agent tryout Jaimen Yakubowski. McIntyre’s #73 came from try-out Brody Silk. Teemu Pulkkinen gets #56.

Free agent try-out Michal Plutner gets the #75 worn by James de Haas in July while try-out Cam Lanigan gets the #68 that was worn by Jake Patterson.

As per usual, most of these changes mean nothing as they relate to players not under contract with Detroit. The Red Wings do have a tendency to give players acquired in midseason the number of someone already in the organization, as those jerseys are already made up, but given the cap space this year Detroit is unlikely to be making any big deals.