Brian Lashoff still isn’t fully healthy, but he isn’t letting it hold him back anymore.
The 21-year-old Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman, limited to just 37 games as an American Hockey League rookie last season because of a variety of injuries, has logged third-pairing minutes as a sophomore despite an ongoing shoulder ailment.
“Even though he got a shoulder injury early, he’s worked right through it, played with it, and really come a long way,” said Griffins head coach Curt Fraser. “He’s doing good things, he’s getting bigger and stronger. Give him another year and he would be a player the Red Wings could take a look at and give an opportunity to down the road.”
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound native of Albany, N.Y., has seven goals and eight assists and a minus-10 rating in 63 games. During one 10-game stretch in January he had five goals and three assists and was plus-5.
“He came to camp this year way bigger, way stronger, and he has to do that again next year,” Fraser said. “If he continues to get bigger and stronger, and keep developing those skills, he’ll be a very good piece for the Red Wings in the future.”
Compared by the Red Wings to Brad Stuart, Lashoff is expected to elevate into a top-four role with Grand Rapids next season.
“Right now, we’ve got Janik, Exelby, Pyett, a lot of guys here who have been here longer than him, and they should be better,” Fraser said. “But I would say Lash will be a top-four here next year for sure.”
Lashoff, whose brother Matt is a former first-rounder who plays in the Toronto Maple Leafs system, signed with the Red Wings as a free agent in 2008. He was an Ontario Hockey League captain with the Kingston Frontenacs and won gold with Team USA at the IIHF world junior championship in 2010.
Fraser also credited third-year pro Travis Ehrhardt for doing “a nice job” on the Griffins’ back line since returning from a serious shoulder injury. Ehrhardt has a goal and three assists in 26 games and his plus-10 is one of the best on the team.
NOTES: Forward Riley Sheahan will turn pro now that his college season is over. He withdrew from Notre Dame to sign an amateur tryout contract with AHL’s Grand Rapids on Tuesday and a deal with the Red Wings isn’t far off … Forward Gustav Nyquist (Grand Rapids, AHL) set the Griffins’ rookie scoring record with his 56th point of the season last week … Defenseman Xavier Ouellet (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) is one of three nominees for the Emile (Butch) Bouchard Trophy, awarded to the QMJHL’s top defensemean. The winner will be named on April 4 … Defenseman Ben Marshall (Minnesota, NCAA) is the lone Red Wings college prospect still active this season. His Golden Gophers are part of the 16-team NCAA tournament starting Friday … Forward Calle Jarnkrok (Brynas, Swedish Elite League) is tied for fourth in SEL playoff scoring with five points in five games.
Following is this week’s statistical report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Coetzee, Willie||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||48||9||10||19||18||-4||111|
|Ferraro, Landon||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||50||8||10||18||41||-5||75|
|Nyquist, Gustav||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||56||22||36||58||18||+7||152|
|Tatar, Tomas||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||63||17||28||45||37||+5||187|
|Andersson, Joakim||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||60||16||24||40||24||+6||122|
|Aubry, Louis-Marc||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||49||5||9||14||30||-4||75|
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||47||6||3||9||103||-3||58|
|Ehrhardt, Travis||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||28||1||3||4||19||+10||33|
|Lashoff, Brian||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||63||7||8||15||33||-10||87|
|Pare, Francis||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||62||12||24||36||14||-7||145|
|Parkes, Trevor||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||44||2||6||8||23||0||66|
|Raedeke, Brent||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||51||8||6||14||26||-1||83|
|Smith, Brendan||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||47||10||22||32||74||+7||99|
|Pyett, Logan||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||60||2||20||22||48||+1||135|
|Nestrasil, Andrej||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||12||2||1||3||2||-1||17|
|Fournier, Gleason||Grand Rapids||PRO||AHL||13||1||3||4||14||0||4|
|Nedomlel, Richard||Swift Current||JR||WHL||72||10||36||46||83||-35||N/A|
|Sproul, Ryan||Sault Ste. Marie||JR||OHL||61||23||31||54||53||+16||N/A|
|Jurco, Tomas||Saint John||JR||QMJHL||48||30||38||68||37||+46||186|
|Jensen, Nick||St. Cloud State||COL||NCAA||39||6||26||32||4||+14||68|
|Nicastro, Max||Boston U.||COL||NCAA||27||3||6||9||32||-2||41|
|Sheahan, Riley||Notre Dame||COL||NCAA||37||9||16||25||24||0||118|
|Marchenko, Alexei||CSKA Moscow||EUR||KHL||6||0||0||0||2||-4||3|
|Marchenko, Alexei||CSKA Moscow||EUR-JR||MHL||5||2||4||6||10||+2||7|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|Pearce, Jordan||Grand Rapids||AHL||17||3||7||1||1||3.53||.874|
|McCollum, Thomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||16||7||8||0||0||3.60||.866|
SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT
|Marchenko, Alexei||CSKA Moscow||EUR||KHL||5||0||0||0||4||-1||8|