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Is Jonatan Berggren Ready For A Call-Up?

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman says prospects must earn their way to the show. He specifically says he would like to see them “dominate” at the American Hockey League level before being called up. Jonatan Berggren may have done just that Tuesday night.

The 2018 second-round pick produced four assists in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 5-3 win against the Cleveland Monsters. Berggren had three primary assists among the four. He has 11 points in his past eight games.

Berggren, 21, now has eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 30 games for the Griffins. Last season, Berggren was a Top 10 scorer in Sweden’s top league with 45 points in 49 games for Skelleftea.

The Red Wings would like to see Jonatan Berggren add some weight to his frame. But the Red Wings rank 24th in NHL scoring with an average of 2.68 goals per game. If Berggren continues to produce at the AHL level, the Red Wings will have to consider bringing him up.

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WingDingy's avatar

Ouch!!  Your jock will be available for re-installation in the dressing room between periods,


Posted by WingDingy on 01/19/22 at 01:38 PM ET


That looked like a Kaprizov move….

Posted by pnwwing on 01/19/22 at 01:46 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

See you in March for a 9 game try out

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/19/22 at 02:57 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Watch bergie take a defensivemen off his feet without touching him:



Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/19/22 at 08:27 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Oh yeah, he’s more than earned that call-up.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/20/22 at 01:59 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/19/22 at 01:57 PM ET

Berggren is 21 and was 21 on Sept 15th when he signed his ELC; therefore, he is ineligible for an extra year of ELC due to a slide if he plays 9 games or under.

In order to slide a player has to have been 18 or 19 years of age until Dec 31st of the signing year and play in 9 games or less at the NHL level (playoffs included).

So there is no reason to limit him to 9 games for that purpose.

Posted by d ca on 01/20/22 at 06:27 AM ET

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Is Jonatan Berggren Ready For A Call-Up?
by Paul on 01/19/22 at 12:05 PM ET

Steve Yzerman: The Detroit Red Wings today claimed center Gemel Smith off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 01/20/22 at 10:03 AM ET

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Posted by d ca on 01/20/22 at 05:27 AM ET

Dag nabbit, I gotta stop making these assumptions and check myself. Thank you

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/20/22 at 10:05 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Now that I did check, Zadina is waivers exempt. O.o

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/20/22 at 10:08 AM ET

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