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Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 1:43 p.m. under 2011-12 RWC Reports
Dick Axelsson

Dick Axelsson (Credit: Hakan Nordstrom/MoDo)

The Detroit Red Wings remain in a holding pattern with Dick Axelsson.

Although he technically is no longer considered a prospect according to Red Wings Central’s guidelines, the soon-to-be 25-year-old winger’s upside is undeniable as he continues his career in the Swedish Elite League.

Axelsson, who now plays for MoDo, spent 17 games in the American Hockey League in 2009-10 and has no interest in playing there again. It appears he will only return to North America when the Red Wings will put him on their NHL roster.

“We still own his rights, but he needs to play really big in those (international) tournaments and at the world championship for us to have some interest in him,” said Red Wings director of European scouting Hakan Andersson. “The way to show (you’re ready for the NHL) is to make the national team and be a player there.”

The 6-foot-2 188-pounder had an injury-plagued season and produced nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 36 games, finishing with 79 shots and a minus-7 rating. He has two goals in MoDo’s first two playoff games.

Former Vancouver Canucks star Markus Naslund is MoDo’s general manager, while ex-Colorado Avalanche great Peter Forsberg is his assistant.

The lure of playing for former NHL legends convinced Axelsson to sign with MoDo after winning his second Swedish Elite League championship in three seasons with Farjestad.

“One of the reasons he went there was because it’s run by Naslund and Forsberg, and they promised they would make an NHL player out of him,” Andersson said. “That’s what they told Dick, and his season has been up and down.”

Axelsson has always been known as a great skater with the puck skills to be a top-six NHL forward. But he is inconsistent from game to game and has had discipline issues off the ice.

NOTES: It was another great week for defenseman Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), as he was named his league’s first star of the week after two goals and two assists in three games. He has 42 points in his past 33 games … Forward Riley Sheahan (Notre Dame, NCAA) was named one of three CCHA finalists for top defensive forward … Defenseman Adam Almquist (HV-71, Swedish Elite League) remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury with the playoffs underway, but he hopes to return soon … Defenseman Alexey Marchenko (CSKA Moscow, KHL) saw his season come to an end last week, but he played in 11 KHL games at the end of the season after recovering from a serious knee injury. He has one more year left on his Russian contract and is expected to play in the American Hockey League after it expires.

Following is this week’s statistical report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEVEL LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids PRO AHL 45 9 9 18 17 -3 104
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids PRO AHL 48 8 10 18 41 -4 70
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids PRO AHL 54 20 35 55 16 +6 147
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids PRO AHL 60 15 27 42 37 +6 174
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids PRO AHL 57 16 21 37 24 +6 114
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids PRO AHL 46 5 8 13 23 -5 69
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids PRO AHL 45 5 3 8 93 -4 56
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids PRO AHL 25 1 3 4 19 +7 30
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids PRO AHL 60 7 7 15 26 -11 85
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids PRO AHL 59 11 22 33 14 -7 135
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids PRO AHL 44 2 6 8 23 0 66
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids PRO AHL 48 7 6 13 26 -1 73
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 47 10 22 32 74 +7 99
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 57 2 19 21 44 +1 132
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids PRO AHL 11 2 1 3 2 -1 17
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids PRO AHL 10 1 2 3 14 +1 4
Fournier, Gleason Toledo PRO ECHL 52 2 15 17 32 -5 96
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo PRO ECHL 47 5 22 27 18 -10 82
Parkes, Trevor Toledo PRO ECHL 4 4 0 4 2 +1 17
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Boisbriand JR QMJHL 61 21 37 58 67 +15 189
Macek, Brooks Calgary JR WHL 51 14 21 35 19 +7 N/A
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current JR WHL 70 10 35 45 79 -34 N/A
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver JR WHL 58 29 40 69 57 -2 N/A
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie JR OHL 58 19 30 49 51 +14 N/A
Quine, Alan Peterborough JR OHL 63 30 36 66 21 -19 N/A
Jurco, Tomas Saint John JR QMJHL 47 30 38 68 37 +45 183
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville JR QMJHL 32 3 2 5 29 -3 62
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State COL NCAA 38 6 26 32 4 +15 68
Nicastro, Max Boston U. COL NCAA 27 3 6 9 32 -2 41
Cayer, Julien Clarkson COL NCAA 30 6 4 10 30 -4 50
Marshall, Ben Minnesota COL NCAA 37 3 9 12 27 +15 71
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame COL NCAA 37 9 16 25 24 0 118
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 55 16 21 37 16 0 232
Almquist, Adam HV-71 EUR SEL 42 3 8 11 26 +16 66
Axelsson, Dick MoDo EUR SEL 36 9 11 20 59 -7 79
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 50 16 23 39 22 -3 109
Backman, Mattias Linkoping EUR SEL 42 1 7 8 14 +7 60
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 6 0 0 0 2 -4 3
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR-JR MHL 5 2 4 6 10 +2 7

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 49 29 13 6 3 2.82 .917
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 17 3 7 1 1 3.53 .874
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 15 6 8 0 0 3.59 .883
McCollum, Thomas Toledo ECHL 15 6 6 2 0 2.62 .909
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 2 1 1 0 0 4.05 .879

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEVEL LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 5 0 0 0 4 -1 8
Axelsson, Dick MoDo EUR SEL 2 2 0 2 0 -1 5
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 2 1 0 1 0 +1 3

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10 Comments
  1. WingsFan1976 says:

    Hat Trick Dick didn’t want to play by the Wings rules, fine for him but doesn’t seem to fit in with the organization. Really though what are we talking here, another Ville Leino?

  2. J. says:

    I think they should just move his rights on draft day. I think the Wings have had enough of him at this point. Perhaps he has value for some other NHL organization.

  3. RW19 says:

    It doesn’t sound like Dick has the drive to be an NHLer and his stats would indicate he is a fringe player in the SEL. I am sure a hard azz like Forsberg isn’t impressed with his minus 7 rating. Anyway I doubt he has any real trade value at this point.

    More interesting is Xavier Ouellet from the QMJHL. The more I read/hear about him the more I think this was a steal by Detroit. Early last year, QMJHL people thought he was a sure fire 1st round draft pick and many were stumped that he fell to the second. I am going to have a chance to see him play live and can’t wait. Media often describe him a extremely sound positionally and a great skater – sounds like a future Wing!

    FYI saw Mrazek vs the Niagra last week. Ottawa gave up 15 shots in the first period and then 18 in the third period – Mrazek was excellent despite losing 5-1. That game should have ended 10-1, Ottawa was totally outclassed.

  4. Rob says:

    Axelsson played 1 good game that “year” he was in Grand Rapids. He will never be anything in the states. They really need to just cut ties and be done with him.

  5. Varyag says:

    Time to trade Hat-Trick-Dick while his value is on the upswing; I’m a bit disappointed the Wings didn’t try to move Hudler during the trade deadline, but perhaps a high level draft pick may yet be acquired through trading the rights to Axelsson.

  6. NHLrick says:

    Riley Sheahan nominated for best defensive forward eh? That’s…. Exciting. Just for reference here’s his competition. Justin Florek, 135th pick by boston. Luke Glendening, undrafted… That’s some stiff competition. If that doesn’t get you on sheahan’s bandwagon I don’t know what will.

  7. rich says:

    I’m quite surprised an entire article was dedicated to Axelsson, I stopped caring once he ran off back to Sweden.

    Anybody seen Lashoff play lately, seems like he’s not being talked about. I have a thing for steady third/second pairing defencemen molds hahaha. Hopefully RWC does one for him soon.

  8. Jack says:

    Too much talent in Detroit for Lashoff to survive here, White Kronwall Quincey Smith Ericson Kindle (assuming Lidstrom retires and Holland does nothing…), with Oulette Sproul Nedomlel Backman Jenson and Marchenko coming through the system. I’m kinda surprised there was an article on Axelsson too, generally when someone is 25 and playing in Europe they aren’t coming back.

  9. T says:

    Leino would have excelled if he had stayed with the Wings

  10. Joakim says:

    Great prospect article, as always. Quick notes: Adam Almqvist was back in the lineup today and put up an assist and was +2 with limited time-on-ice. Calle Järnkrok is 2+3=5, and +7 in four playoff games. Dick Axelsson is 2+1=3 in four games.

    Oh, I wish Dick Axelsson could play consistently at the top of his game. Had he done so, he would tear up the Swedish elite leage. I can certainly understand that scouts are frustrated. Nevertheless, I think it’s wise to keep his NHL rights. Who knows, there’s always a chance…

    Also, great to hear that Marchenko is set on joining the Griffins in about 12 months.



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