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Griffins confirm that they’ve sent Frk to Toledo, recall big Nedomlel in Almquist’s absence

As the Wings-Jets game-day post, which has been updated 15 times, slides off the main page...Martin Frk Tweeted that he was heading to Toledo earlier today, and RedWingsFeed found that the Grand Rapids Griffins have both confirmed that Frk is heading down to play a few games for the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, and as Brendan Smith's on Red Wings' IR for 1-2 weeks, yielding Adam Almquist likely staying in Detroit until the middle of the month, the Griffins chose to recall a defenseman from Toledo.

Their pick is intriguing, because Almquist was the Griffins' leading scorer on defense despite his smallish 5'10," 174-lb listed size (he's more like a Rafalski-ish 5'9," and he may really weigh about 165), and the player the Griffins recalled is both the polar opposite of Almquist in terms of playing style and size:

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday reassigned defenseman Richard Nedomlel to the Grand Rapids Griffins from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and reassigned right wing Martin Frk to the Walleye from the Griffins.

Nedomlel, 20, returns to the Griffins after skating in four games with the Walleye, producing two points (1-1—2), two shots on goal and 18 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5, 231-pound defenseman recorded his first professional point on Oct. 30 with a goal in Toledo’s 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.  He has yet to appear in a game for Grand Rapids this season.

Frk, 20, has appeared in six contests with Grand Rapids, yielding six penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (49th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Frk spent the past three seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL.

The Griffins will take on the Rockford IceHogs at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday at 11 a.m. for their 13th annual matinee game, when Nedomlel will be available to play.

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Mandingo's avatar

Almquist was the Griffins’ leading scorer on defense despite his smallish 5’10,” 174-lb listed size (he’s more like a Rafalski-ish 5’9,” and he may really weigh about 165)

George, has there ever been a Red Wings prospect in history who you didn’t think was smaller than his listed height/weight?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 11/04/13 at 06:12 PM ET

Soupsnake's avatar

the height and weight stats in all professional and college sports are lies. They are pretty much always inflated.

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 11/04/13 at 06:51 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

the height and weight stats in all professional and college sports are lies. They are pretty much always inflated.

I don’t know. There are a lot of size stats that never seem to change either (I.e., for their first season)

Posted by MoreShoot on 11/04/13 at 08:14 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I would suggest that the stats for smaller players are generally fibbed, but we also have to remember that there is some honest mistake-making here.

Whether players are measured or weighed in the morning or evening can take or add half an inch—that’s true for most of us—and some players lose 5-10 pounds of water weight after practices and games so in some cases, a player’s weight really is a function of the day and time that you tell him to get on the scale.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/04/13 at 08:21 PM ET

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