Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced that 21-year-old forward Gustav Nyquist has been signed to a two-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, no further terms of the deal will be announced. Nyquist will join the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) immediately.
Originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nyquist has spent the past three seasons with the University of Maine Black Bears (NCAA) where he has twice been named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. The 5’11”, 170 lb. center was also named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team in 2008-09 after a stellar freshman campaign with the Black Bears. Nyquist has been a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in the country each of the past two seasons (this year’s winner will be announced on April 8). In 113 career NCAA games, Nyquist has tallied 144 points (50G-94A) in addition to 68 penalty minutes.
Prior to enrolling at the University of Maine, Nyquist starred with his hometown Malmö Redhawks in Sweden’s premier junior league (SuperElit) where he registered 75 points (32G-43A) in 66 games played over the course of two seasons.
DETROIT—Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland today announced the club has signed forward Landon Ferraro to a three-year entry level contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ferraro, 19, was Detroit’s first selection, second round and 32nd overall, in the 2009 NHL draft. He currently plays for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, where he is second on the club with 11 points in 13 games.
DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a three-year entry level contract.
Smith, 21, was Detroit’s first round draft pick (27th overall) in the 2007 NHL draftt. The Mimico, Ontario, native spent the past three seasons playing for the University of Wisconsin in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under the watch of head coach Mike Eaves, father of Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.
“Brendan improved tremendously in each of his three seasons at Wisconsin,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “He was a dominant player at the collegiate level, in particular at his position, and we feel he is ready to take the next step in his career at the professional level. We look forward to having him at training camp in Traverse City in September.”
DETROIT—Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jordan Pearce to a two-year entry level deal beginning with the 2009-2010 season.
In keeping with team policy, additional terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Pearce, 22, spent the past four seasons with Notre Dame of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In 2008-09, he was a finalist for the CCHA player of the year. He finished the season 30-6-3 with a 1.68 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and eight shutouts.
He led the nation in wins and shutouts, was second in goals-against average, and fifth in save percentage. He was selected as the CCHA scholar-athlete of the year. Pearce backstopped the Irish to both the CCHA regular-season and playoff titles this season. He was also named the CCHA’s best goaltender in 2007-08.
Pearce is currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins on an amateur tryout. He is scheduled to backup goalie Jimmy Howard tonight when the Griffins face-off against the Hamilton Bulldogs at Van Andel Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings activated veteran right wing Darren McCarty from injured reserve and assigned him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
McCarty has missed most of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery in January. In 13 games with the Red Wings, he has one goal and 25 penalty minutes.
The four-time Stanley Cup champion has registered 127 goals and 161 assists to go along with 1,477 penalty minutes in 15 NHL seasons, all but two with Detroit.
DETROIT – The Red Wings made their third personnel move in six days, calling up 22-year-old center Darren Helm from the team’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
In 37 games with the Griffins, Helm has 11 goals and 20 assists, tying his AHL point production from last season. The solid two-way forward replaces left wing Justin Abdelkader, who was returned to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings today recalled forward Darren Helm from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League and assigned forward Darren McCarty to the Griffins. The Red Wings also assigned forward Randall Gelech from Grand Rapids to Rochester (AHL).
Helm is currently second on the Griffins roster in scoring with 18 points in 16 games (5-13—18).
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