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Red Wings make an intriguing prospect signing in inking Luke Glendening to AHL-only contract

The Red Wings tend to do this from time to time: via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and, by extension, the Wings, inked outgoing University of Michigan captain Luke Glendening to an AHL-only contract:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed forward and East Grand Rapids native Luke Glendening to a one-year contract. Glendening becomes the first player from Greater Grand Rapids to ever sign with the club.

This spring, Glendening capped off a successful collegiate career at the University of Michigan by tying a career-high with 21 points (10-11—21) in 41 games and reaching new career bests with 10 goals and a plus-18 rating. He signed an amateur tryout with the Providence Bruins at the conclusion of his senior year, skating in three AHL contests to close out the 2011-12 season.

In 165 career games with the Wolverines, Glendening totaled 70 points (31-39—70), a plus-57 rating and 122 penalty minutes, while earning several team and conference honors. After being named an alternate captain as a sophomore, the 23-year-old served as captain in his final two seasons, becoming the eighth player in school history to captain the team for multiple seasons.

As a senior, Glendening captured the CCHA Best Defensive Forward award, beating out Notre Dame’s Riley Sheahan, who appeared in seven late-season contests with Grand Rapids in 2011-12. He also received the team’s Howard Colby Award for sportsmanship in his junior and senior seasons.

Glendening earned a scholarship in each of his four years at Michigan after initially walking onto the team and winning the most improved player award in his first season. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound forward also received the University of Michigan’s Athletic Academic Achievement award and was named a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American as a junior. That same season, he contributed to the Wolverines’ CCHA regular season championship and appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four title game.

A 2007 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, Glendening played hockey, baseball and football for the Pioneers, helping the school win the first of five straight Division 3 football state championships in 2006.

The 23-year-old isn’t overly big at 5’11” and 189 pounds, but he’s got some very solid defensive chops and is a solid all-round player.

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RWBill's avatar

that’s a good pick up to add to the farm system.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 06/19/12 at 01:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t know anything about him and I already like him.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/19/12 at 02:49 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Like how the Wings now have the two players who finished 1 & 2 for D forwards in NCAA last year.  Bodes well.

Also seems to be a fitness freak.  I like what the Wings are doing.  He’s a strong Captain sounds like.  They’re bringing in personalities to set the culture down there and a local name to get people to games.  Just sounds like a perfect fit.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/19/12 at 03:12 PM ET

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Wow.  I played hockey against him in High School. Good for him, working up the ladder the hard way.  He’s going to be a big hometown favorite here for the Griffins. I look forward to rooting for him.

Posted by Alex E. on 06/19/12 at 03:14 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This is fantastic news!  I’ve watched him play for Michigan during his entire career there and he is a great player and a great young man.  So happy to have him in the Red Wings’ fold!  Would love to see him make the NHL team someday.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 06/19/12 at 03:24 PM ET

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