With a relaunched website for the Grand Rapids Griffins comes an updated roster and a look at some new numbers for players entering the 2018-19 season.
Some of the Griffins newcomers have caused returning players to switch their numbers. Axel Holmstrom will take his third number with the team, switching to #10 to allow Chris Terry to take #25. Dylan Sadowy,meanwhile loses his #29 to new goalie Harri Sateri, switching to #28.
Trevor Yates switches from #53 to #51, with no one taking his old number.
Jake Chelios will not follow in the footsteps of his father and wear #22 for the Griffins, taking the #27 he wore with the Charlotte Checkers instead. The #22 goes to Wade Megan.
David Pope has been assigned #12 and Givani Smith gets #54, neither of which were worn last year. Christoffer Ehn has been given the #26 that formerly belonged to Eric Tangradi.
Incoming goalies Kaden Fulcher and Patrik Rybar will wear #33 and #42, respectively.
Jordan Topping rounds out the updates with #16. Carter Camper and Trevor Hamilton had previously been given #19 and #14.
The Red Wings released their 2018 training camp rosters today and with that any changed jersey numbers for players in the organization.
Unsurprisingly, July 1st free agent signees Thomas Vanek and Jonathan Bernier will wear their usual #26 and #45, with Vanek opting not to go back to the #62 he wore in his first stint with Detroit (as #26 then belonged to Tomas Jurco).
Evgeny Svechnikov appears to have switched for the second year in a row, going from the #77 he wears in Grand Rapids to the #37 he wore for his first year in Detroit.
With Svechnikov back in #37, Griffins captain Matt Ford will wear #77 in camp rather than the #79 he had last year.
Chris Terry keeps the #15 he was assigned for the prospects tournament while Colin Campbell, having lost his previous #45 to Bernier, takes the #17 vacated by the departure of David Booth.
I’d expected Tyler Bertuzzi to switch to #17 but he keeps his #59. Maybe next year.
Pro tryout Jussi Jokinen will wear the #20 previously held by Dan Renouf while Griffins-bound forward Wade Megan has been assigned the #22 of Matt Lorito, who moved on to the Islanders organization.
Tryout Bryan Moore takes the #61 previously worn by Xavier Ouellet, who was bought out and signed with Montreal this summer.
Jake Chelios, son of Chris Chelios and signed for the Griffins, has been assigned #84. Griffins-bound goalie Harri Sateri, who usually wears the #29 of defenseman Vili Saarijarvi, has the former #31 of Jared Coreau.
The full training camp roster is below:
After announcing the signings of backup goalie Jonathan Bernier and forward Thomas Vanek as soon as free agency opened on Sunday and confirming a one year deal with third-string goalie Harri Sateri shortly after, the Red Wings announced a slate of deals aimed at providing further depth to the franchise.
A little reaction from Tony Androckitis of Inside AHL Hockey…
Undoubtedly they’re good moves for the Griffins. Terry and Megan make up for the likely departures of two of Matt Lorito, Ben Street, and Eric Tangradi. Chelios is an upgrade over the departing Dan Renouf, who wasn’t given a qualifying offer by the Red Wings.
That said, I praised letting Renouf go because it helped clear out the organization’s logjam on the blue line. Unless Chelios is bound for Toledo, his signing seems like a bad sign for Vili Saarijarvi and Dennis Cholowski and Libor Sulak, all of whom would be battling for playing time with the Griffins (unless Cholowski manages to leapfrog Filip Hronek and go straight to Detroit, but that still doesn’t open up a roster spot anywhere).
So, yeah, these might be good deals for the Griffins, but they feel like bad ones for the Red Wings.