Training Camp Jersey Number Stuff

The Red Wings released their 2017 training camp roster today and with it we see the final assignment of jersey numbers.  As expected, there are some changes to note.

With Evgeny Svechnikov having switched from #37 to #77, Dan Renouf takes the #20 formerly assigned to Drew Miller.  This means that Renouf, Svechnikov, and Dominic Turgeon are all assigned the same number in Detroit as they wear for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

As Turgeon has taken the #23 that had been worn by Brian Lashoff, Lashoff switches to #32.  Lashoff wore #32 during his original stint with the Griffins but has worn #18 since returning to the team.

With Lane Zablocki having taken #46, Ben Street switches to the #11 previously assigned to Daniel Cleary.

Free agent signee Turner Elson takes the #57 left behind by Mitch Callahan.

Trade deadline acquisition Dylan McIlrath has been assigned #4 with Detroit.  Pro tryouts David Booth and P.A. Parenteau are wearing #17 and #90, respectively.  Returning Grand Rapids-bound goalie Tom McCollum got his #38 back.

Update, 9/16: I completely missed that, with the departure of Tomas Jurco, Eric Tangradi has taken #26, freeing up the #49 he had been assigned for Axel Holmstrom, as noted in my review of the prospects tournament roster.


At some point recently the Griffins’ updated the roster on their website to include new jersey numbers.

Vili Saarijarvi is currently assigned the #9 that Axel Holmstrom wore through last season’s run to the Calder Cup Championship.  Saarijarvi wore #9 with the Flint Firebirds and the Toledo Walleye but had been assigned #48 in Grand Rapids.

New goalie Matej Machovsky is assigned #34 while the returning McCollum gets his #30 back.

Elson has #15 while AHL free agents Pat Nagel, Patrick McCarron, and Corey Elkins have #35, #12, and #47, respectively.

Red Wings Prospect Tournament Number Notes

The Detroit Red Wings announced their roster for the 2017 NHL Prospect Tournament on Friday and we’ve got some returning players who will be changing their jersey numbers.

Summer numbers can be somewhat volatile, so who knows what of these will stick for main camp.

Evgeny Svechnikov, who’s been wearing #37 with the Red Wings, is now shown wearing #77.  This matches the switch that he made with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.  Dan Renouf had been assigned that number last season and is not appearing in the prospect tournament so we don’t know what change he might be making.

Dominic Turgeon has gone from #78 to #23.  This is somewhat interesting as veteran Brian Lashoff is still with the Red Wings’ organization and that number had been assigned to him.  Turgeon has traditionally worn #23 in honor of his sister.

Filip Hronek and Givani Smith, who wore numbers in the 80s in camp last summer, will wear #24 and #48, respectively.  Griffins captain Nathan Paetsch had worn #24 last year while Ryan Sproul abandoned #48 in his summer switch to #62.

Vili Saarijarvi, who lost his #28 to Luke Witkowski, switches to #29.  That will be his third camp number, having started with #71.

Axel Holmstrom, who had previously (and humorously) worn the #96 that formerly belong to Tomas Holmstrom, is now assigned #49.  Eric Tangradi had been assigned #49 so, like Lashoff, we’ll see if there’s a coming change there.

Dennis Cholowski is wearing #53 after wearing #2 at this summer’s development camp and #95 at last summer’s.  Jordan Sambrook, who had been wearing #95 after Cholowski, switches to #63.

Six 2017 draft picks will be appearing on the Red Wings’ tournament roster, with none of them keeping the numbers that they wore in July.  Michael Rasmussen switches from #37 to #27, taking the number that Joe Hicketts had been assigned.  Combined with Cholowski’s switch, I wonder if Hicketts will be assigned #2 in the main camp.  Lane Zablocki goes from #67 to the #46 worn in camp last year by Ben Street.  Reilly Webb switches from #84 to #50.  Zach Gallant goes from #73 to #64.  Brady Gilmour inverts #76 to #67.  Cole Fraser gets #74 instead of #85.

Development Camp Jersey Number Stuff

I’ve been told time and time again that jersey numbers at the Red Wings’ development camp are meaningless but we’ve seen hints of pending changes there in the past.  For example, Philippe Hudon being assigned the #63 that had been worn by Joakim Andersson was the first sign of Andersson’s switch to #18 back in 2013.

That said, of late there have been many cases of assigned numbers being handed out for the development camp, especially goalie numbers.  A previously-assigned number being given out at camp doesn’t mean the player who had it is switching, it’s just worth looking out for.

This year the Red Wings didn’t release a roster that included player numbers but George Malik noted them in his first write-up from camp.

I predicted last week that Ryan Sproul might be changing his number.  With new draftee Gustav Lindstrom wearing #48, that could be a sign.  Of course, I thought Sproul might take #4, which is now assigned to Alfons Malmstrom.

Malmstrom wore #88 in camp last season, which is assigned to free agent signee Libor Sulak this time around.  Sulak’s usual number is #88 so it would appear that he wanted that number and would wear it if he makes the Wings’ roster.

Somewhat unexpectedly, 2017 first-rounder Michael Rasmussen is wearing the #37 that had been assigned to Evgeny Svechnikov.  Svechnikov also wore #37 in his first full season with the Grand Rapids Griffins before switching to #77.  Dan Renouf had been assigned #77 but is not in camp, so we don’t know if Rasmussen getting #37 while #77 is unassigned means Svechnikov is switching to #77 again.

Also somewhat oddly, Dylan Sadowy kept the #44 he got after Steve Ott took his usual #29 rather than switching back, with #29 going unassigned.

Aside from that, there are some relatively normal number shifts.

Dennis Cholowski switched from #95 to the #2 vacated by Brendan Smith, with Jordan Sambrook going from #94 to #95 (which he wore for the prospects tournament last fall).  Patrick Holway went from #4 to #24.  Mattias Elfstrom went from #82 to #56.  Chase Pearson took Tomas Jurco‘s #26 instead of #92 while David Pope got Daniel Cleary‘s #11 instead of #90 (which went to goalie Keith Petruzelli).

As I mentioned, the goalie numbers almost never matter, but there were changes there, too.  Filip Larsson went from #31 to #68, with Chase Perry going from #68 to #30 and Matej Machovsky going from #30 to #31, which is still assigned to Jared Coreau.  Meanwhile Joren van Pottelberghe went from #50 to #38, which will probably be assigned to Tom McCollum by the time the main camp comes around, as he wore it in his initial stint with Detroit.

What’s all that mean?  Probably not much.  I still think Sproul is changing and now I wouldn’t be surprised if Svechnikov is as well.  Numbers for Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski probably aren’t reflected here as the roster was set before they signed (although I have a second prediction of Witkowski taking #28 and Vili Saarijarvi switching to #17).


Update – 7/9, 11:30 AM: The Red Wings tweeted out a roster with jersey numbers included in advance of today’s scrimmage.  It includes confirmation of Axel Holmstrom‘s #96 being assigned to Michael Pastujov and I think I know what to read into this now.

Evgeny Svechnikov, Axel Holmstrom, and Joe Hicketts (among others) were all expected to attend development camp until the Grand Rapids Griffins made their Calder Cup run.  The players wearing their numbers were all late additions to the development camp roster.  I’d be willing to bet the jerseys were already made up so they just swapped the names.


For the record, here’s the full list of numbers:

Forwards

Num. Name
74 Jack Adams
79 Oliver Castleman*
45 Christopher Ehn
56 Mattias Elfstrom
70 Luke Esposito+
73 Zach Gallant
76 Brady Gilmour
82 Isaac Johnson*
78 Sean Josling*
80 Luke Kutkevicius*
17 Tommy Marchin*
96 Michael Pastujov*
26 Chase Pearson
11 David Pope
37 Michael Rasmussen
44 Dylan Sadowy
63 Dominik Shine+
32 Graham Slaggert*
81 Givani Smith
47 Brett Supinski*
67 Lane Zablocki

Defensemen

Num. Name
2 Dennis Cholowski
92 Tomas Dvorak*
27 Mitch Eliot*
75 Evan Fiala*
85 Cole Fraser
24 Patrick Holway
87 Filip Hronek
94 Kasper Kotkansalo
97 Adam Larkin*
48 Gustav Lindstrom
4 Alfons Malmstrom
58 Patrick McCarron+
53 Alex Peters*
28 Vili Saarijarvi
95 Jordan Sambrook
86 Malte Setkov
88 Libor Sulak
84 Reilly Webb

Goalies

Num. Name
36 Kaden Fulcher*
68 Filip Larsson
31 Matej Machovsky
30 Chase Perry
90 Keith Petruzzelli
38 Joren van Pottelberghe

Red Wings World Cup Jersey Numbers

Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy sent out a batch of Tweets earlier today with rosters and jersey numbers for each team in the World Cup of Hockey.

With Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall out for Sweden, the Red Wings have representatives on five of the eight teams.

For Team USA, Justin Abdelkader will wear #89 – his old high school number – which he wore while captaining the Americans at the World Championships in 2014.  The #8 he wears in Detroit is taken by team captain Joe Pavelski.

Dylan Larkin will keep #71 with the “Young Guns” team, Team North America.

Oddly, Alexey Marchenko will wear his now-old #47 for Team Russia. He just switched to #53 with Detroit and wore that number – which is available – with the Russians at this year’s World Championships.

Team Europe features Tomas Tatar in #21, which is slightly weird because he usually wears #90 in international competition. Thomas Vanek gets the #26 that’s not available to him in Detroit while Frans Nielsen gets his usual #51.

For Czechia, goalie Petr Mrazek gets his regular #34.

Red Wings Jersey Number Updates

The Red Wings revealed a set of new jersey numbers via Twitter earlier today.

Steve Ott had previously Tweeted he would take the #29 that had briefly been assigned to Dylan Sadowy and was worn by Landon Ferraro before he was waived and claimed by the Boston Bruins.

With it available, it comes as no surprise that Frans Nielsen takes the #51 he wore with the New York Islanders.

As Tomas Jurco has the #26 he usually wears, I’d expected Thomas Vanek to take the #27 made available by the departure of Kyle Quincey.  Instead he flips the number and takes #62.  He’ll be the first Red Wing to ever wear that number.

I’d thought that Alexey Marchenko might see a new number this year to represent his solidified roster spot.  While I thought he’d get the #4 formerly worn by Jakub Kindl, instead he went the opposite direction and took the #53 he’s been wearing internationally.

The #4 ended up going to Teemu Pulkkinen, switching from #56.  I’m on the record as disliking forwards wearing numbers that low.  He becomes the first forward to wear #4 for the Red Wings since Colin Campbell in 1985.

The Many Numbers of Daniel Cleary

Thursday’s announcement of Daniel Alfredsson‘s retirement from hockey was expected. Daniel Cleary taking warmups in Detroit nine hours later wearing the number 11 jersey he forfeited to Alfredsson last season was not. With Cleary set to become the first Red Wing since Mark Mowers in 2003-04 to wear two different jersey numbers in a single season, lets take a look at the numbers he’s been associated with in Detroit.

#73 – Coming to the Red Wings in 2005 on a training camp tryout, Cleary was assigned the number 73 jersey that reflected his long-shot chance of making the opening night roster. He played well enough wearing it to earn a contract with the Wings.

#11 – Upon making the Red Wings’ lineup Cleary switched to the number 11 that had been worn through camp by Matt Ellis. Cleary had never worn the number before in his career but it followed Detroit’s trend of giving mid-season acquisitions a jersey number that was already assigned to a prospect who wouldn’t make the team (Ellis would debut the following season wearing number 8). He would wear the number uninterrupted for eight seasons.

#71 – Alfredsson’s arrival in Detroit in 2013 coincided with the apparent departure of Cleary, so Alfredsson claimed the seemingly-abandoned number 11, a number he’d worn for his entire career with the Ottawa Senators. When Cleary signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings on the eve of training camp, he showed up in Traverse City wearing number 71. The switch was supposed to be temporary as he planned on reclaiming his number (Alfredsson was set to switch to the number 24 he had worn in Sweden) but the NHL skewered that idea as Winter Classic merchandise for Alfredsson had already been created, leaving Cleary forced to switch.

#15 – During the 2013 training camp, Cleary stated that he would not wear number 71 in the regular season and instead would switch to the number 15 assigned to Riley Sheahan, with Sheahan switching to number 24 to accommodate the chance. This switch didn’t happen, though.

#17 – After securing another one-year deal with the Red Wings in the summer of 2014, Cleary came to training camp wearing number 17 as number 11 was still being held for Alfredsson, who had yet to decide whether or not he would retire. Cleary would wear this number for six regular season games before Alfredsson’s retirement allowed him to switch.

Red Wings’ 2014 Development Camp Sweater Number Stuff

I write about possible sweater number changes every summer and with Monday’s release of the Red Wings’ 2014 Development Camp roster, we’ve got the first opportunity to take a look at some possibilities.

As always, the official disclaimer from Detroit is that these numbers mean nothing. As I always say, however, history doesn’t show that. Usually if a number is assigned to a player in camp, it won’t be worn by a roster player in the coming season.

Last year was the first year since I’ve been tracking that players in development camp were assigned numbers already worn by roster players, as Petr Mrazek‘s #34 went to free agent try-out Andrew D’Agostini. Tomas Tatar‘s #21 was given to Luke Glendening but there is evidence that Tatar was going to switch to #90 before Stephen Weiss got it. Phillippe Hudon getting the #63 previously worn by Joakim Andersson was the first sign of Andersson taking #18.

This year we have no obvious changes as all of the players wearing numbers that were taken last season have the numbers that belonged to departing free agents.

There are some oddities and humorous assignments, though.

For the first time I can remember, numbers in the 90s are in use. One of those is Axel Holmstrom being assigned the #96 formerly worn by the unrelated Tomas Holmstrom. Similarly, returning camp invitee Dean Chelios wears the #24 previously worn by his father, Chris Chelios. Dominic Turgeon will don a number one higher than that of his dad, Pierre Turgeon, having been assigned #78. The team missed out on one more such opportunity, as Tyler Bertuzzi keeps his #59 rather than taking his uncle’s #44, with Todd Bertuzzi now out of the Red Wings’ plans.

For the record, I expect the #44 to go to Colin Campbell in the main camp.

Only one returning player who isn’t a free agent tryout is changing his number from last season, as David Pope drops down from #64 to the #63 vacated by Hudon.

Numbers for players making their first appearance at development camp are as follows (again, with free agents excluded):

Player Name Number
Christoffer Ehn 92
Axel Holmstrom 96
Dylan Larkin 25
Ben Marshall 51
Mike McKee 58
Dominic Turgeon 78
Julius Vahatalo 94

Larkin takes the #25 vacated by Cory Emmerton, Marshall gets the #51 assigned in training camp to Brennan Evans last year, and Mike McKee gets the #58 previously assigned to Max Nicastro, who was not giving a qualifying contract offer by Detroit.

Griffins Update Jersey Numbers Again

With their training camp complete, the Grand Rapids Griffins have once again reassigned a handful of player jersey numbers.

The team originally shuffled things around when camp began. Included in those changes was Marek Tvrdon losing his #16 to Xavier Ouellet and taking the #13 that had belong to Gustav Nyquist. With Nyquist back in Grand Rapids, he reclaims #13 and Tvrdon takes #39, worn last season by Jan Mursak and assigned to Travis Novak in camp.

Coincidentally, Nyquist originally claimed #13 from Mursak, who took the #39 he was assigned in Detroit when he returned to the Griffins alongside Nyquist last season.

Richard Nedomlel switches from #45 to #42, after having been assigned #41 at the end of last season.

The only other switch is that Nick Jensen, who did not skate at camp while injured, drops from the #48 he was assigned during the Griffins’ Calder Cup run to the #14 vacated by Chad Billins‘ departure for the Calgary Flames’ system.

One curiosity is that Kevin Lynch is no longer listed on the Griffins’ web site. Lynch was assigned #25, the number worn in Detroit by Cory Emmerton, who cleared waivers on Monday and was expected to be assigned to Grand Rapids. Emmerton’s old #8 is worn by Willie Coetzee, so it could be that Lynch was set to change to accommodate Emmerton. Alternately, Lynch could have been assigned to the Toledo Walleye and it hasn’t been announced yet.

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.

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.