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Wallner: Grand Rapids Griffins lost Alexey Marchenko for the year last Sunday

This is a bit belated but it's certainly worth noting: According to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner, there was a reason that the Red Wings temporarily recalled Ryan Sproul prior to knowing whether Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson would be good to go for Wednesday's game against Montreal--and this is "bummerrific" news regarding a prospect who grew by leaps and bounds during his North American pro debut, to the point that he was the Grand Rapids Griffins' representative at the AHL's All-Star Game:

Alexey Marchenko, who made the AHL All-Star Classic with the Grand Rapids Griffins and is one of Detroit’s top defensive prospects, is expected to miss the rest of the season following an ankle injury.

Ryan Martin, the Red Wings assistant general manger, said Wednesday that Marchenko will have surgery "in the next couple days" for a severe high ankle sprain that occurred in Sunday’s game with the Griffins at Milwaukee.

"I don't think it's anticipated he will be able to do much of anything for the first six to eight weeks (following surgery), and so we're planning that he is done for the year," Martin said.

The 22-year-old rookie was hurt late in the second period, and had to be helped off the ice.

Surgery for a sprain is unusual, but necessary in Marchenko's case, Martin said, to hold two bones in place with a screw and enable the damaged ligament and tissue to heal properly.

"He is a significant loss for us," Martin said. "He was having a tremendous year, and has been one of those guys who was improving every week and always making smart, simple plays."

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