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Wings Sign College UFA Ryan Kuffner

via TSN,

A pair of Princeton Tigers have chosen their professional paths on Tuesday.

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports that defenceman Josh Teves has signed with the Vancouver Canucks, while teammate Ryan Kuffner, a forward, has signed with the Detroit Red Wings.

Kuffner, 22, also just completed his senior year.

An Ottawa native, Kuffner had 22 goals and 22 assists this season in 31 games.

Kuffner potted 65 goals over four seasons with the Tigers.

On a personal note if you missed my post on KK Hockey today, I am having an issue with my meds.

They were supposed to be delivered on Saturday, now pushed back until Thursday but a local pharmacist was kind enough to give me enough for the next two days.

They will be ready around 5pm today so hopefully I can get back to work tonight.  Right now, struggling.

added 4:59pm, Press release is below.

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed forward Ryan Kuffner to a two-year entry-level contract.

Kuffner, 22, has spent the last four seasons at Princeton University, where he totaled 75 goals in 132 games to become the university's all-time leading goal scorer. During his senior campaign in 2018-19, Kuffner's 22 goals led the ECAC and was fourth in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward also led the nation this season in points-per-game (1.419). During his junior year, Kuffner paced Princeton with 29 goals and was second on the team in scoring with 52 points en route to being named a Second-Team All-American and helping the Tigers to an ECAC Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. In all, Kuffner recorded 152 points (75-77-152) in 132 games with Princeton. He was also a member of the ECAC All-Academic Team in each of his first three seasons (2015-18), with awards for this season to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Prior to his collegiate career, Kuffner played parts of three seasons (2013-15) for the Gloucester Rangers of the Central Canada Hockey League. With Gloucester, Kuffner totaled 115 points (55-60-115) in 101 games. The Ottawa, Ontario native also represented Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Cobourg & Whitby, Ontario. Additionally, his great uncle, Edwin Gorman, played parts of four seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Ottawa Senators (1926-27).

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Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Detroit Red Wings will have to find a way to win without center Dylan Larkin for the time being.

Larkin, who has missed the last three games with a neck strain, saw a specialist in New York Monday.

“Right now it looks like just a soft tissue issue,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the morning skate at the Bell Centre. “From a long-term prognosis, that’s great. I don’t think there’s anything major wrong structurally. Until he’s pain-free and has full range of motion, he will not play.

“I can’t tell you when that’s gonna be, but it’s not tonight.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/12/19 at 04:55 PM ET


Great work by Holland. Adding an asset for free. Hope we can use our abundance of forwards to make a trade for a legit top 4 d-man.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/12/19 at 05:11 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Grand Rapids is a wonderful city, Ryan.  I’m sure you’ll love it.

Posted by duhduhduh on 03/12/19 at 05:47 PM ET


Hope we can use our abundance of forwards to make a trade for a legit top 4 d-man.
Posted by rogerrab on 03/12/19 at 05:11 PM ET

Let’s not get to ahead of ourselves here. David Pope didn’t tip the scales on in a trade package nor did he wow the AHL after a 20 goal season in college. I’d say outside of 3-4 young forwards the rest of the group is either a Frk clone or a Nestrasil clone. It seems Detroit may need it’s current group of young forwards to be barely competitive next season.

right now I’d say Jimmy Vesey is what we can hope for with Kuffner. If he weren’t on the Rangers he’d be another 3rd/4th line winger. remember, this is the same Rangers team that has Brendan Smith playing on forward.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/12/19 at 05:48 PM ET


Pronman has his listed as the 15th rated free agent in the crop, but wasn’t overall enthusiastic about his prospects.

Posted by Thomas Larson on 03/12/19 at 05:57 PM ET

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Plenty of competition at forward.

Younger forwards on notice; ras, zadina, etc

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/12/19 at 07:27 PM ET

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