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Griffins finally finding post-season footing

Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:07 a.m. under 2012-13 RWC Reports
Petr Mrazek

Petr Mrazek (Credit: Mark Newman)

The Grand Rapids Griffins are finally finding their footing in the American Hockey League post-season.

The Detroit Red Wings’ top minor-league affiliate edged past the Houston Aeros 3-2 in the best-of-five Western Conference quarter-finals last week to advance to the second round against the Toronto Marlies starting Friday.

The win featured a 7-0 series-clinching smacking of the Aeroes in which veteran winger Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist and rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek a 24-save shutout.

The Griffins had only advanced to the second round once in six previous seasons. The last time they won two rounds was 2005-06 with a roster featuring Jimmy Howard, Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Tomas Kopecky, Kyle Quincey, Matt Ellis, Derek Meech and Brett Lebda.

The Marlies, 43-23-10, are slight favorites after finishing four points ahead of the Griffins, 42-26-8, in the regular season.

NOTES: The Red Wings signed defenseman Nick Jensen (St. Cloud State, NCAA) last week, meaning they have inked all seven players drafted in 2009. That’s the most players the Red Wings have signed from one draft in at least 15 years. The speedy Jensen is turning 23 in September and is expected to spend next season in the AHL with the Griffins … Center Calle Jarnkrok (Brynas, SEL) has one assist and a minus-1 rating in three games for Sweden at the IIHF world championship. He’s also averaging 15:31 in ice time, fifth among forwards … Right-winger Martin Frk (Halifax, QMJHL) has been limited to two assists in the QMJHL final. The Mooseheads lead the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2-1 … Left-winger Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie, OHL) has helped the Colts grab a 2-1 series lead on the London Knights in the OHL final with three goals in three games.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL AHL 9 0 3 3 0 +3 10
Sproul, Ryan Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1 7
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL AHL 2 0 1 1 2 -1 3
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids AHL AHL 58 23 37 60 34 +10 169
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL AHL 72 24 23 47 44 +6 156
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 10 17 27 55 +1 84
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL AHL 36 3 6 9 35 +5 43
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids AHL AHL 37 2 4 6 23 +6 40
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 61 23 26 49 50 +8 205
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL AHL 68 10 21 31 34 +13 93
Nicastro, Max Grand Rapids AHL AHL 25 1 2 3 10 0 18
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids AHL AHL 38 3 6 9 43 +1 29
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL AHL 72 16 20 36 33 +5 115
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL AHL 64 4 8 12 60 -2 80
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL AHL 71 11 9 20 93 -3 136
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 74 14 14 28 22 +6 119
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL AHL 30 1 5 6 23 -1 24
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL AHL 25 3 3 6 2 +1 28
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 42 4 27 31 14 +19 76
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 31 18 11 2 2 2.63 .904
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 4 0 3 0 0 4.32 .847
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 42 23 16 2 1 2.33 .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
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 2 1 3 2 -1 10
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 3 1 4 9 +2 16
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 0 3 3 0 -1 13
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 1 2 3 0 +2 11
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 2 1 3 2 +2 13
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 0 0 0 0 +1 8
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 0 1 1 6 -1 6
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 0 1 1 6 -1 3
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL AHL 5 2 1 3 2 +2 12
Coetzee, Willie Toledo ECHL ECHL 6 0 4 4 2 -4 6
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL ECHL 6 3 2 5 6 -1 26
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo ECHL ECHL 4 1 2 3 0 -3 17
Nicastro, Max Toledo ECHL ECHL 4 1 0 1 0 -2 3
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 15 11 15 26 26 +8 63
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 9 6 1 7 6 +1 24
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Broisbriand QMJHL CHL 15 7 9 16 22 +7 54
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie OHL CHL 6 2 3 5 0 -4
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 18 9 10 19 9 +8
Quine, Alan Belleville OHL CHL 17 8 7 15 6 +9
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current WHL CHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2
De Haas, James Penticton BCHL USHL/JR-A 15 3 6 9 8
McKee, Mike Lincoln USHL USHL/JR-A 5 0 4 4 18 0 4

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 5 3 2 1 1.83 .924
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 4 2 0 1 1.95 .936
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 4 0 4 0 5.36 .860

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18 Comments
  1. Adam Banks says:

    @yannick, It will be tough to push Eaves on anyone with his recent injury, even though he’s seemed to have battled back. Emmerton has an insanely low cap hit for next year and proved to be a capable PK guy, so I would count on him leaving until he is at least a RFA.

    Unless KH has some kind of crazy revelation I wouldn’t bet on Jarnkrok or Sheahan being up, but you are dead on about Tatar. With his open acknowledgement that he is getting frustrated with not being with the big club, I can see the Red Wings not taking the risk on keeping him down any longer, plus he’s shown he can compete at the NHL level.

    I can see them letting Cleary and Fil go and combining that money to try and reel in a top notch scorer to join the second line with Franzen and Nyquist. We can only hope that a decent scorer takes a liking to this young Wings team who has battled their way into the second round of the playoffs and decides he would like to give Detroit a shot.

    I can see KH signing all of our RFAs back to keep the young guys together and moving forward.

    I know this sentence has become stale and rarely delivers, but “This offseason could be really interesting.”

  2. teldar says:

    adam banks
    The only issue I have with any of that is I don’t see how they wouldn’t keep the anderson-nyquist-brunner line together. They seemed to get better as the series went along. They even stopped being a defensive liability during the games. Now I wish I could say the same thing for Quincey. I just hope one of the young guys comes up and takes Q’s spot on the team. Maybe Sproul or Jensen.

  3. Adam Banks says:

    The only reason I would think they would split them up is because I believe they view Nyquist as a top 6 forward and I don’t think they feel the same about Anderson. I think will want to groom Nyquist for a greater offensive role while allowing Anderson to be a rock defensively in the bottom 6. I think Brunner has played well too, he could also move up, or play with Helm once he comes back to create a great line of speed from Helm and snipes from Brunner. Who knows, I guess having options is a good thing right?



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