The Detroit Red Wings earned their first-ever championship at the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament on Monday night.
The host Red Wings defeated the prospects from the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, in a rematch of the 2011 championship.
Detroit’s 2013 draft picks led the way, with Anthony Mantha (first round, 20th overall) scoring twice and Zach Nastasiuk (second round, 48th overall) adding another. Tomas Jurco (second round, 35th overall in 2011) rounded out the scoring.
Mantha got things started with a power play goal with just 1:18 remaining in the first period and extended Detroit’s lead only 29 seconds into the second.
Frederick Roy pulled Buffalo back to within a goal at 3:22 of the third before Nastasiuk put the Red Wings back up by a pair at the period’s midway point.
With 7:13 remaining the Sabres pulled back within striking distance on a goal by Peter Trainor.
Jurco scored into the empty net in the game’s final minute to secure the win.
Undrafted free agent signing Jared Coreau got the win in goal for Detroit, stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced for his second victory of the tournament. Nathan Lieuwen took the loss for the Sabres with 36 saves on 39 shots.
The Detroit Red Wings announced the tentative rosters for tomorrow’s Red & White Game at Plymouth’s Compuware Arena earlier today.
Pavel Datsyuk will be a game-time decision, having arrived back in Detroit from Russia late Monday. Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson will be kept out due to injuries.
With twenty-two players having been sent to Grand Rapids by the Red Wings in advance of the expected NHL lockout, the Griffins web site has updated the team’s roster with all the new player jersey numbers. Here’s a look at the changes we’ll see for the 2012-13 season.
Incoming netminder Petr Mrazek picks up the #34 worn last season by Ty Conklin during his AHL demotion, making him one of two Griffins wearing the same number as they are assigned by the Red Wings.
Nathan Paetsch takes the #4 vacated by Travis Ehrhardt. Adam Almquist switches from the #6 he got at the end of last season to the #5 that had been worn by Riley Sheahan, who takes the #19 from outgoing Mike Thomas.
Luke Glendening gets Jamie Johnson‘s old #10. Chad Billins claims the #14 last worn by Chris Minard after having shared #23 with Ryan Sproul last year, with #23 going to Triston Grant.
Fabian Brunnstrom‘s #17 goes to Max Nicastro and Chris Conner‘s #25 goes to Damien Brunner.
Tomas Jurco claims #28 from Alan Quine, making him the second Griffin with the same number he’s currently assigned with the Red Wings, pending Carlo Colaiacovo‘s number selection. Colaiacovo wore #28 with the St. Louis Blues and could request it in Detroit.
Finally, Brennan Evans will wear the #44 of the deceased Bryan Rufenach.
In advance of the NHL lockout expected to begin this weekend, the Detroit Red Wings assigned 22 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, their afflilate in the American Hockey League.
The complete list of players assigned is as follows:
Of those, only Pearce and Pare had needed to clear waivers, having done so earlier in the week.
Per Ansar Khan, the Red Wings have revealed their rosters for the first two games of the 2011 exhibition season.
The Red Wings will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night with the following lines:
Jiri Hudler – Pavel Datsyuk – Danny Cleary
Fabian Brunnstrom – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller – Ryan Johnson – Jan Mursak
Tomas Tatar – Chris Conner – Tomas Holmstrom
Niklas Kronwall – Brad Stuart
Brendan Smith – Mike Commodore
Garnet Exelby – Logan Pyett
On Thursday Detroit will be in London, Ontario, to play the Philadelphia Flyers. Their lineup for that game will be as follows:
Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Johan Franzen
Justin Abdelkader – Darren Helm – Todd Bertuzzi
Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson – Willie Coetzee
Tomas Jurco – Brent Raedeke – Francis Pare
Nicklas Lidstrom – Ian White
Jonathan Ericsson – Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff – Doug Janik
No lineup has been announced for the Wings’ preseason home opener on Friday, where Detroit will host the Flyers.