The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/04/11 at 06:53 PM ET
Of Red Wings-related note this sticky Saturday afternoon:
The Red Wings attempted to trade Kyle Quincey’s rights before waiving him at the start of the 2008-2009 season, but were unable to complete a deal with the Dallas Stars once it was revealed that Quincey had a herniated disc in his back which would eventually require surgery. As we prepare to watch the second game of the Bruins-Canucks series, the CBC’s Cup Final blogger reveals that the Boston Bruins wanted to snag Quincey on waivers, but lost out to the LA Kings:
The Bruins traded [Andrew] Alberts to Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2008, for Ned Lukacevic and a 2009 fourth-round pick. Part of the reason the Bruins traded Alberts was to open a roster spot. Kyle Quincey had been placed on waivers by Detroit a day earlier, and the Bruins were hoping to submit a claim. But Los Angeles nabbed Quincey off waivers.
• I believe that Paul posted this quite a while ago, but Mustang Evolution‘s Amie Williams points out that the Ford Performance Group made a visit to Jimmy Howard after the Red Wings goaltender unveiled his Ford Mustang-adorned mask;
• Since we’re going from “small to large” here, let’s stick this one in: the Detroit News’s RoNeisha Mullen reports that Danny Cleary tossed out the first pitch at Livonia’s Miracle Field earlier today;
• Via Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien, the, “Zdeno Chara is no Tomas Holmstrom” talk continues;
• And finally and most substantially, Hockey’s Future’s Jonathan Henkelman profiled the Red Wings’ pro hockey-playing prospects in the ECHL and AHL. Two dark horses and one new member of the Wings’ crop of Grand Rapids Griffins prospects merit your attention:
Joakim Andersson, C, 22: This has been a season of transition for the first-year pro as he adjusts to North American life and hockey. Another prospect mined out of Sweden under the watchful eye of super scout Hakan Andersson, the 6’2 198-pound center offers a solid game in all three zones, has good size, plays a physical game, and has a great work ethic. Next season he should display more of his scoring touch and look to improve on the seven goals and 15 assists he put up with the Griffins. The attention he pays to defense, evidenced by his even plus/minus rating, will give him an opportunity to take on a checking center role if required in the future. Foot speed and mobility are the two areas of his game which need attention and could really add to his overall improvement. He’ll be back with Grand Rapids next season and will be given the opportunity for more ice team in an expanded role.
Brian Lashoff, D, 20: The Red Wings have done a good job of identifying free agents undrafted out of the junior ranks to supplement their draft picks. The 6’3 208-pounder was signed out of the OHL and has at the tools needed to develop into a two-way defenseman. This season was his third stint with Grand Rapids as he previously joined the Griffins on an amateur tryout following the last two campaigns with the Kingston Frontenacs. As is the case with many players, his first year in pro hockey was a challenge; first finding ice time and then sidelined by a couple of injuries for extended periods. Lashoff was sent to Toledo for a brief spell to get some playing time and finished with a combined four assists in 40 games between the AHL and ECHL. The organization feels they have a diamond in the rough given his mobility and puck-moving ability combined with his potential as a defensive stopper based on size and defensive aptitude. The future appears bright for Lashoff and next season he will be given an opportunity to show the organization more of what he can do with the Griffins.
Both Andersson and Lashoff are something most Red Wings are not—physically imposing—and Andersson’s status as a checking center in the making and Chris Chelios’s high regard for Lashoff suggest that these gents’ names might not find a place among the Tatars and Smiths, but still represent players who could and should evolve into big parts of the team’s youth movement…
And then there is, in theory, anyway, an ace in the hole:
Gustav Nyquist, C, 21: The Red Wings organization is very high on their recent signee who had just completed his junior season with the U. of Maine. Originally drafted out of the Malmö club in Sweden, he was a Hobey Baker candidate in each of the last two seasons. The intense Nyquist totaled a goal and three assists in eight games with the Griffins following another impressive campaign in the ECAC with the Black Bears where he totaled 19 goals and 33 assists. The hard-working Swede always keeps his feet moving and offers a full array of fine offensive skills that are equaled by his persistence and determination. His mental make-up and strong two-way game are an ideal fit for the Red Wings who project him to potentially fill either a second or third line role for the big club in the future. Next season will find him in Grand Rapids looking to secure a center position on one of the scoring lines where adding strength to his 5’10 170-pound frame will give him an opportunity to progress further and eventually on to the NHL.
Henkelman’s story profiles a total of seventeen Grand Rapids Griffins and/or members of the Toledo Walleye, and it’s worth your time.
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