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by George Malik on 01/21/13 at 04:32 PM ET
Good news in the Red Wings prospects department, per the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department:
ANDERSSON NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Hockey League announced on Monday that Grand Rapids Griffins center Joakim Andersson has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 20.
A native of Munkedal, Sweden, Andersson returned to the Griffins’ lineup on Thursday at Charlotte after missing eight games (Dec. 31-Jan. 16) with an injury and recorded a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win, helping the Griffins to their first-ever victory over the Checkers. He followed up the performance with a career-high four points (1-3—4) during Saturday’s 11-6 win at Rockford, giving him seven points (2-5—7) in two contests last week.
Additionally, Andersson was named First Star and tallied the game-winning goal on both nights. He has five game-winning goals this season, which ties for second in the AHL.
Now in his fourth season with the Griffins, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound forward shows 98 points (38-60—98) and 115 penalty minutes in 183 career games with Grand Rapids. He finished sixth on the team in scoring last season with a career-high 51 points (21-30—51) in 73 games and ranks fourth on the team this season, notching 24 points (10-14—24) in 30 contests.
Andersson’s selection ends more than a three-year drought since the last time a Griffin was named AHL Player of the Week, when Francis Pare claimed the honors on Dec. 13, 2009.
In recognition of his achievement, Andersson will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Griffins home game.
After playing seven of their last eight games on the road, the Griffins will return to Grand Rapids this week to host three home games in four nights. The team will take on Oklahoma City on Wednesday before back-to-back games against Houston on Friday and Saturday. All games start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at griffinshockey.com.
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