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Nedomlel’s defensive focus pays off

Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 10:34 p.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Richard Nedomlel

Richard Nedomlel (Credit: Darwin Knelsen)

The Detroit Red Wings asked Richard Nedomlel to return his focus to the defensive zone this season and the rugged Czech blueliner complied. He was rewarded last week with a three-year entry-level contract.

The 6-foot-4 202-pounder stepped up his defensive play in his third WHL season with the Swift Current Broncos, logging heavy minutes against top lines while finishing with seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points along with a minus-13 rating in 72 games.

Focusing on his defensive play cost Nedomlel points — considering a season before, he quadrupled his rookie point total with a 10-goal, 46-point sophomore campaign — but the Red Wings didn’t draft him in the sixth round (175th overall) in 2011 to run their power play. They drafted him for his bread and butter: a rugged, physical defensive game.

“We watched him closely,” aid Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer. “He played top-four minutes and (has) been a shutdown guy for Swift Current.”

Nedomlel is mobile for his size, likes hitting and physical contact, blocks shots, and is willing to drop the gloves, as his 15 career major junior fights indicate. He’s a similar prospect to since departed Sergei Kolosov, who became an AHL regular but couldn’t make the next step.

Although Nedomlel’s entry-level contract begins next season, he — along with Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson — also signed an amateur tryout to join the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins immediately.

Nedomlel’s biggest challenge going forward is establishing himself on the organizational depth chart. The Red Wings have a number of more highly-touted defense prospects — Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet and Mattias Backman, among others — and earning a full-time AHL spot with the Griffins next season will not be an easy task.

The Red Wings have now signed five players from the 2011 draft — Nedomlel, Sproul, Ouellet, Tomas Jurco and Marek Tvrdon — and have to make decisions by June 1 on center Alan Quine of the OHL’s Belleville Bulls and winger Philippe Hudon of the Victoriaville Tigres. They’re also likely to sign Alexey Marchenko this summer and Mattias Backman next year.

Hudon looks like a long-shot to earn a contract, while Quine has lit it up since a mid-season trade to Belleville and will get consideration. He had 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points in 28 games with the Bulls in the regular season and has eight points in nine games in the playoffs.

“He really rejuvenated his OHL career (after the trade) — he was really on a tear for a bit,” Fischer said.

Should the Red Wings eventually sign Quine, Marchenko and Backman, that would make eight of nine players inked from from the 2011 draft class. The most players signed from one draft by the Red Wings since 1998 was six — seven if college defenseman Nick Jensen eventually signs — in 2009.

NOTES: The Red Wings also signed college free-agent goaltender Jared Coreau from Northern Michigan to a two-year contract, which actually begins this season and not next … Defenseman Mattias Backman (Linkoping, Swedish Elite League) saw his team eliminated from the playoffs last week, falling 4-1 at the hands of Skelleftea in the best-of-seven semifinal … Defenseman James De Haas (Penticton, British Columbia Hockey League) is in the BCHL final against the Surrey Eagles and is tied for second among defense scorers with three goals and five assists in nine games … Left-winger Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie, OHL) was OHL player of the week after recording two goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in three games. He is tied for fifth in OHL scoring with 13 points in eight games as Barrie has swept its way to the OHL semifinals … The Griffins have six games to play and are on the verge of clinching their first playoff berth since 2008-09. With a 40-23-7 record, they are also close to clinching the Midwest Division title … Forward Riley Sheahan (Grand Rapids, AHL) was recalled for one game with the Red Wings. He had one shots in close to seven minutes of duty. “He’s going to be a player for us, but he’s got to get quicker and he’s got to have more pace to his game,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the Macomb Daily.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL AHL 6 0 2 2 0 +2 8
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids AHL AHL 58 23 37 60 34 +10 169
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL AHL 67 21 20 41 44 +3 140
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 10 17 27 55 +1 84
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL AHL 34 3 6 9 35 +6 39
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL AHL 37 2 4 6 23 +6 40
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 56 23 24 47 50 +11 192
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL AHL 63 9 19 28 32 +11 82
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL AHL 23 1 2 3 10 0 17
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL AHL 35 3 6 9 41 +1 27
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL AHL 67 16 19 35 31 +7 105
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL AHL 59 4 8 12 60 +2 74
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL AHL 65 11 9 20 88 -2 125
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 68 12 13 25 22 +4 107
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL AHL 25 1 4 5 23 -1 19
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL AHL 22 3 3 6 2 +2 24
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids AHL AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 64 28 40 68 22 +6 260
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL ECHL 40 11 30 41 26 +17 113
Fournier, Gleason Toledo ECHL ECHL 15 1 0 1 12 +8 19
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 19 14 16 30 6 +6 86
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State WCHA NCAA 41 4 27 31 14 +22 73
Marshall, Ben Minnesota WCHA NCAA 40 8 11 19 20 +8 73
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL USHL/JR-A 42 3 18 21 292 +15 60
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 53 5 19 24 19
Frk, Martin Halifax QMJHL CHL 56 35 49 84 84 +31 180
Ouellet, Xavier Blainville-Boisbriand QMJHL CHL 50 10 31 41 44 +14 166
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 65 15 20 35 63 -1 139
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 50 20 46 66 45 0
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 66 29 38 67 30 +13
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 52 23 44 67 30 +13
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver WHL CHL 18 8 14 22 16 +2
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 72 7 21 28 105 -13
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL EUR 53 13 29 42 12 -2 136
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 53 2 24 26 34 +5 67
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN EUR 59 14 20 34 49 +5 260
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow KHL EUR 44 4 5 9 6 -2 46
Bodin, Rasmus Tranas SWE-3 EUR 6 0 3 3 0 -5
Bodin, Rasmus HV-71 SWE-J20 EUR-JR 13 0 1 1 10 -1 11

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 50 25 18 5 1 3.53 .901
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 29 17 11 2 2 2.68 .903
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 4 0 3 0 0 4.32 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 38 22 13 2 1 2.34 .916
Mrazek, Petr Toledo ECHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.02 .944
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 31 15 11 3 2 2.76 .899

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 2 1 1 2 2 +1 8
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow KHL EUR 7 0 0 0 0 -1 5
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas SEL EUR 4 0 0 0 6 -3 7
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 10 2 4 6 4 +6 15
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit FIN EUR 6 2 3 5 2 +2 38
Frk, Martin Halifax QMJHL CHL 7 6 8 14 8 +6 35
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 8 6 1 7 4 +1 23
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Broisbriand QMJHL CHL 8 3 5 8 14 +9 23
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 6 2 3 5 0 -4
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 8 6 7 13 0 +10
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 9 3 5 8 4 +7
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 9 3 5 8 6

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L SO GAA SV%
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.000
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 4 0 4 0 5.36 .860
31 Comments
  1. ScottD says:

    Is Sproul still in Grand Rapids? If so how come he hasn’t been getting any time in the games? Is it a contract thing?



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