Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Justin Abdelkader
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 02/25/1987
AGE: 29
DRAFTED: DET: 2005-42 overall
Entering his third professional season…. Re-signed to a new two-year contract on August 23, 2010….Has appeared in 54 career regular season games and 21 career postseason games…Made his NHL debut 4/3/08 on an amateur tryout.
2009-10:  Appeared in a career high 50 games for Detroit…Registered career highs with three goals, three assists, six points and 35 PIM…Notched his first career regular season point 10/15 vs. LA (assist)…Scored his first career regular season goal 10/17 vs. COL…Had his first career multi-goal game 11/11 at CBJ…Finished third on Detroit with 152 hits despite appearing in just 50 games…Dressed for 11 of Detroit’s 12 postseason games in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs…Finished with two postseason points (1-1-2) and 36 PIM…Appeared in 33 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), finishing with 24 points (11-13-24), 86 PIM, one PPG, one SHG and a +6 rating…Served as an assistant captain in Grand Rapids.

2008-09: Appeared in two regular season games with Detroit….Did not register a point in two regular season games….Recalled to Detroit 5/8 and played in 10 postseason games for the Red Wings, recording 32 hits…Played in his first career NHL postseason game in Game 5 vs. Anaheim on 5/10, registering his first career postseason point (assist)….Scored his first two career postseason goals in Games 1 and 2 vs. Pittsburgh, becoming the first player in NHL history to score goals in the first two games of a Stanley Cup Final having never previously scored a goal in the NHL (regular season or playoffs)….Made his AHL debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins….Appeared in 76 games, finishing second in team scoring with 52 points, tied for second in goals (24), and fifth in assists (28)….Led team with 102 penalty minutes…. Tied for third in goals among AHL rookies….Recorded team-best six goals in 10 games during AHL postseason….Named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and a finalist for the rookie of the year award, equaling the franchise record for most goals by a rookie (22) and recording the second most points by a Griffins’ rookie.

2007-08: Signed to an amateur tryout by Detroit 4/3, forgoing his final collegiate season….Made his NHL debut vs. Columbus 4/3, playing 11:20 and recording three shots and three hits….Played two regular season games for the Wings….Was a Black Ace during the 2008 playoffs….Appeared in 42 games for Michigan State….Named alternate captain as a junior….Finished second on team in points (40), game-winning goals (5), plus-minus (+15), shots (137), and finished third in assists (21) and goals (19)…. Led team with 107 PIM….MSU owned an 18-4-0 record when Abdelkader registered a point….Named to NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team….CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward.

2006-07: Appeared in 38 games for Michigan State….Helped MSU capture the 2007 NCAA Championship, scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game vs. Boston College with 18.9 seconds remaining – the latest a game winner has ever been scored in a NCAA title game….Named 2007 NCAA Championship Tournament MVP and 2007 Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player….Finished third on the team in scoring with 33 points and tied for third on the squad with 18 assists….Led team with 91 penalty minutes.