Discussion in 'Detroit Red Wings' started by SoupNazi, Jul 2, 2018.
New season upcoming, so we get a new thread.
This looks to be almost complete Griffins lineup:
LW Matt Puempel (RFA)
LW David Pope
C/LW Turner Elson ( A )
LW Chris Terry
LW Givani Smith
LW Dylan Sadowy
C/RW Carter Camper
C/LW Axel Holmström
C Dominic Turgeon
C/LW Christoffer Ehn
C Wade Megan
C Trevor Yates
RW Filip Zadina
RW Evgeny Svechnikov
RW Dominik Shine
RW Matthew Ford ( A )
RW Colin Campbell
LD Joe Hicketts (NHL ?)
LD Libor Sulak --- RD Filip Hronek
LD Dennis Cholowski --- RD Dylan McIlrath
LD Brian Lashoff ( C ) --- RD Vili Saarijärvi
LD Jake Chelios --- RD Marcus Crawford
G Harri Säteri
G Patrik Rybar
Griffins add 2 former ECHL head coaches to fill out staff
By Peter J. Wallner
New Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben Simon filled out his coaching staff Monday as the Detroit Red Wings announced the hiring of assistants Matt Macdonald and Brad Tapper, both head coaches in the ECHL last season.
The additions join holdovers in assistant coach Mike Knuble, goaltending coach Brian Mahoney-Wilson and video coach Bill LeRoy to complete the staff for the 2018-19 season.
From 17-18 Griffins team (since thread got closed out) following players signed to deals with other NHL teams:
Ben Street signed one year deal with Anaheim Ducks.
Jared Coreau signed one year (2 way) deal with Anaheim Ducks.
Dan Renouf signed one year (2 way) deal with Carolina Hurricanes.
Matt Lorito signed two year deal [18-19 season 2 way/19-20 one way] with New York Islanders.
Tom McCollum announced he will not return to the Griffins for 18-19.
Wow, this is a stacked AHL team. I'm going to make it to a few games this year so I'm excited.
is a little scary for me. I'd hope for something like this:
The two riskier guys in Hronek and Sulak have defensive-oriented partners, and Cholo and Saarijarvi are just both extremely intelligent players who should be able to keep themselves out of trouble.
The NHL has ruled that Zadina was on loan to Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from his European club, Pardubice HC of the Czech Republic, according to general manager Ken Holland. That makes him eligible to play for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in 2018-19 if the Red Wings opt to send him there.
This would enable the Red Wings to recall him freely at any time, and he would be playing against better competition.
But Halifax might dispute that ruling in hopes of getting Zadina back next season, if he doesn't earn a spot with the Red Wings. Halifax claims Zadina is a CHL player. CHL players with junior eligibility must return to their junior clubs if they're not in the NHL.
The full schedule will be released at 3pm est today.
Yesterday they release every team's home opener which included 4 GR games.
Oct 5 @ Texas
Oct 6 @ San Antonio
Oct 12 Hershey
Oct 13 @ Chicago
Grand Rapids Griffins 2018-19 Schedule
Fri., Oct. 5 @ Texas Stars 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 6 @ San Antonio Rampage 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 12 HERSHEY BEARS 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 13 @ Chicago Wolves 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 17 TEXAS STARS 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 20 CHICAGO WOLVES 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 26 @ Belleville Senators 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 27 @ Belleville Senators 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 2 IOWA WILD 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 3 MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 4 @ Cleveland Monsters 5 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 8 @ Manitoba Moose 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 10 @ Manitoba Moose 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 14 ROCKFORD ICEHOGS 11 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 16 ONTARIO REIGN 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17 MANITOBA MOOSE 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 23 MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 24 @ Chicago Wolves 8 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 26 @ Iowa Wild 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 28 CHICAGO WOLVES 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 30 SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 TEXAS STARS 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 5 SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 7 @ Rockford IceHogs 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 8 @ Iowa Wild 8 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 11 @ Milwaukee Admirals 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 14 ROCKFORD ICEHOGS 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 15 MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 16 @ Rockford IceHogs 6 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 19 CLEVELAND MONSTERS 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 21 @ Manitoba Moose 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 22 @ Manitoba Moose 3 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 28 @ Cleveland Monsters 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 29 CLEVELAND MONSTERS 7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 31 ROCKFORD ICEHOGS 6 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 4 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 5 @ Hershey Bears 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 9 @ Milwaukee Admirals 8 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 11 BELLEVILLE SENATORS 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 BELLEVILLE SENATORS 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 16 @ Chicago Wolves 8 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 18 @ Rockford IceHogs 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 23 MANITOBA MOOSE 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 25 SAN JOSE BARRACUDA 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 SAN JOSE BARRACUDA 7 p.m.
Thu., Jan. 31 @ Texas Stars 8 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 1 @ San Antonio Rampage 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 6 MANITOBA MOOSE 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 10 CHICAGO WOLVES 4 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 15 SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 20 ROCKFORD ICEHOGS 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 TEXAS STARS 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 @ Chicago Wolves 8 p.m.
Sat., March 2 @ Rockford IceHogs 7 p.m.
Wed., March 6 TEXAS STARS 7 p.m.
Fri., March 8 IOWA WILD 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9 @ Milwaukee Admirals 8 p.m.
Fri., March 15 ROCKFORD ICEHOGS 7 p.m.
Sat., March 16 @ Milwaukee Admirals 7 p.m.
Tue., March 19 @ San Antonio Rampage 8 p.m.
Wed., March 20 @ Texas Stars 8 p.m.
Sat., March 23 @ Texas Stars 8 p.m.
Sun., March 24 @ San Antonio Rampage 4 p.m.
Tue., March 26 @ Iowa Wild 8 p.m.
Fri., March 29 CHICAGO WOLVES 7 p.m.
Sat., March 30 @ Rockford IceHogs 7 p.m.
Sun., March 31 MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS 4 p.m.
Wed., April 3 @ Ontario Reign 10 p.m.
Fri., April 5 @ San Jose Barracuda 10 p.m.
Sat., April 6 @ San Jose Barracuda 4:15 p.m.
Wed., April 10 IOWA WILD 7 p.m.
Fri., April 12 MANITOBA MOOSE 7 p.m.
Sat., April 13 @ Milwaukee Admirals 7 p.m.
Toronto is one of the closest team to GR yet they don't play each other. The Griffs didn't come to Toronto last year either. It doesn't make sense.
Because the Griffins have played the Marlies 66 times in the regular season & 16 games in the playoffs from the 05-06 through the 15-16 season (mostly when the Griffins and Marlies were in the same division).
Griffins want to start playing more teams in the Eastern Conference especially teams that they have never played before (Belleville Senators will be their first encounter this season). It is possible that the Griffins could end up in the Eastern Conference within 2-5 years depending on other teams relocating/addition.
Pat Nagle (2014-15) - Re-signed a one-year contract with the Griffins
GRIFFINS SIGN JORDAN TOPPING
07/20/2018 12:00 PM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday signed forward Jordan Topping to a one-year contract.
Topping, 21, spent the last four seasons as a member of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League and compiled 218 points (109-109—218) and 202 penalty minutes in 243 regular season games. He totaled 17 points (6-11—17) and 20 PIM in 22 playoff contests while competing in the 2015, 2017 and 2018 postseasons. Topping was a teammate of Michael Rasmussen, the Detroit Red Wings’ first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, for three full seasons (2015-18).
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound winger posted career highs in points (80), goals (38) and assists (42) in 72 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign. Topping scored a team-high 38 goals – the second time in his WHL tenure he surpassed the 30-goal plateau – and tied for 20th on the circuit. He placed second on the club in points while also ranking among the team’s leaders in shots (246, T1st), power play goals (12, 2nd), assists (3rd) and power play assists (19, T3rd). Topping added 14 points (4-10—14), a plus-nine rating and 10 PIM in 14 postseason contests as Tri-City fell in six games in the conference finals.
A native of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Topping also spent one season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2013-14, tallying 15 points (10-5—15) and 39 PIM in 51 games.
UPDATE: #Griffins sign forward Bryan Moore to a one-year contract.
Really interested in seeing how the D performs in GR this year. Should have four legit prospects playing on the back end every night.
This team on paper isn't much, if any, worse than it's NHL affiliate
Not even close.
The GRG team is substantially worse than the DRW team.
I believe he was using a bit of hyperbole there. Looking at it now, it does seem like a better team that 16/17 though.
I cuold see Pope surprising and coming close to leading this team in scoring. Hard to outscore Puempel but after him I oculd see it. Svech and Smith will be the most interesting guys to watch all year
Is Puempel anymore in team? Still unsigned.
Very bad in the middle. I hope they bring Veleno
Veleno can't come for this season.
Looks like Puempel was also signed for 1-year deal.
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