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Prospect news: OHL/WHL trade deadline round-up; Griffins sweep 2-game series with Moose

Of prospect-related note:

In the OHL and WHL, Red Wings prospects were on the move ahead of the Canadian Hockey League's trade deadline:

In the OHL, Defenseman Jordan Sambrook was traded from the Erie Otters to the Soo Greyhounds;

Defenseman Reilly Webb was traded from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Saginaw Spirit;

Forward Givani Smith was traded from the Guelph Storm to the Kitchener Rangers;

In the WHL, Lane Zablocki was traded for the second time this season, heading from the Lethbridge Hurricanes to the Victoria Royals;

And Dennis Cholowski was traded from the Prince George Cougars to the Portland Winterhawks.


In game action, in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins will return from Winnipeg on a high note, having won two straight games over the AHL-leading Manitoba Moose on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

On Wednesday, the Griffins received 2 goals and an assist from Axel Holmstrom, 2 assists from Robbie Russo and Matthew Ford and a 32-save performance from Jared Coreau in a 5-1 Griffins victory over the Moose. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Mike Green Announced As An All-Star

DETROIT – The National Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green has been selected to represent the Atlantic Division at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

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What’s Next For Petr Mrazek?

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some questions, this one on Petr Mrazek.

Mrazek has struggled to adapt to the backup role, which can be challenging especially for a guy used to playing regularly. However, Mrazek has not given the Wings reason to bestow regular starts, while Jimmy Howard has. Mrazek maybe had a chance to challenge Dec. 2 at Montreal (Howard had let in 10 goals the two games prior) but he didn’t look any better than his teammates that night. In the 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, Mrazek denied an early Tampa attack while Detroit’s skaters did little to push back. Mrazek has shown he can be elite, but he set himself back last season with his attitude.

There was no market for him this summer (as evidenced by the NHL expansion draft) and he hasn’t done anything to improve his trade value. Maybe a taker materializes in the coming weeks, as half of Mrazek’s $4 million salary is gone. Regarding Jared Coreau, he has not stood out with the Griffins in the first half (2.77 goals-against average, .906 save percentage in 25 games) and he, too, had trouble last season in the NHL when he didn’t start regularly. 

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Off-day news: More grades, ‘reasons for optimism,’ Holland on the Hot Seat and AHL/ECHL news

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Both MLive's Ansar Khan and The Athletic's Craig Custance have filed "midseason player grade" articles, and Custance uses outside sources to determine whether players exceeded their preseason expectations or fell short thereof:

Andreas Athanasiou

Average rating: 73.7

Key quote: “His speed — he’s like Pavel Bure was — he’s coming full speed from every direction. If he doesn’t score, he’s crashing into the boards. You need the rink to contain him.”

Exceeded or fell short? Exceeded. He enters the break hot, playing well with Dylan Larkin, and is up to 0.55 points per game this season. Conservatively projected as a bottom six forward, he is showing signs of fitting in a top six.

Custance continues...

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also filed a mid-season report in which he discusses surprises, disappointments, reasons for optimism and reasons for pessimism:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin scores a goal; AHL ASG to be televised; Webb on the move

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin scored a goal on 2 shots, playing 13:07 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-1 victory over Dynamo Minsc. You can watch highlights from the game here;

In the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak had an assist and 2 shots, playing 23:42 in the Lahti Pelicans' 4-2 loss to SaiPa;

In the WHL, MyPrinceGeorgeNow's Kyle Balzer reports that Prince George Cougars captain Dennis Cholowski was held out of Monday night's Cougars game for precautionary reasons ahead of the WHL's trade deadline, and without Cholowski, Prince George lost 5-1 to Vancouver;

Lane Zablocki took 5 shots and finished at -2 in the Lethbridge Hurricanes' 5-4 shootout loss to Red Deer;

In NCAA hockey, Chase Pearson served as the back-up in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers' 2-2 tie with Harvard;

In the FYI department, the AHL's All-Star Game will air on the NHL Network and Sportsnet on January 29th;

Update: In the OHL, defenseman Reilly Webb was traded from the Hamilton Bullogs to the Saginaw Spirit. Per the Spirit's website:

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Khan’s Mid-Season Grades For The Detroit Red Wings

Ansar Khan of Mlive passed out his mid-season grades for the Wings.

Here is his remarks on the coaching staff...

Coach Jeff Blashill and staff

Good marks for improved special teams, Dylan Larkin's successful conversion to center, growth from young forwards Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Martin Frk, and improvement of players like Gustav Nyquist and Jonathan Ericsson. But too many points squandered at home, particularly against teams playing on the second night of back-to-backs. Bottom line is they have improved by only one point from a year ago.

Grade: C

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FSD’s ‘The 313’: Dylan Larkin, probably the Wings’ next captain

In the "off-day 'talk'" department, Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313" discussed the popular belief that Dylan Larkin will succeed Henrik Zetterberg as the Red Wings' next captain:

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Prospect news: Griffins at the halfway point; Machovsky impresses; Smith the Ranger; Maine recap

Of prospect-related note this morning:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins have reached the halfway point of their 2017-18 campaign, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner filed a mid-season assessment:

WHERE THEY'RE AT: The Griffins are 17-16-1-4 and sixth in the seven-team Central Division, a place they’ve been since mid-November. In the search for one of eight playoff spots, they are 14th out of 15 in the conference and just the second team in the league to reach the 38-game mark.

The good news for them is the pack is rather bunched. The Griffins are just one point from third in the division and three wins out of a top eight playoff spot (determined by win percentage).

Still, the Griffins haven’t endured a first half like this since 2011-12 when they started 15-16-4-3 and did not make the playoffs. It was also the last time Grand Rapids didn’t make the postseason.

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In the ECHL, the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the Toledo Walleye's back-up goaltender has become a "Macho Man":

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Prospect news: Griffins win OT decision over Moose

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins built up a 2-0 lead, surrendered it over the course of 36 late-third-period seconds, and Filip Hronek scored the game-winner as the Griffins took a 3-2 OT decision from the Manitoba Moose.

Evgeny Svechnikov had 2 assists in the win, Matthew Ford scored the Griffins' other goal and Tom McCollum stopped 33 shots for Grand Rapids.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Evening news: Mid-season Wings; on Larkin, Frk, Howard, grades and multimedia

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan issued his Red Wings mid-season grades, and Kulfan prefaced said grades with a discussion of the Wings' stead terms of the NHL standings...

Heading into Tuesday’s games the Red Wings were 11 points out of the third and final automatic playoff spot (owned by Toronto) in the Atlantic Division. And looking at the wild card, the Red Wings trailed Pittsburgh by six points. They also trailed Carolina, Philadelphia and the New York Islanders by five points. Additionally, the Red Wings only lead Florida and Montreal by a single point in the standings.

A rash of early-season losses hurt the Red Wings. They lost six in a row in October and seven more consecutively from Nov. 19-Dec. 2.

“Every game is tight and we haven’t won enough of the close games,” Blashill said. “Lately we have. For us to be where we want to be at the end of the year, we have to win these close games.”

The Free Press's Helene St. James discussed the same topic...

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