Howard assigned to Grand Rapids
Howard, 21, was Detroit's first choice (64th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft. During his three-year career at the University of Maine, he earned a school-record 15 shutouts while posting a 1.84 goals against average, a 0.931 save percentage and a 47-23-10 record.
As a junior last season, Howard showed a 1.92 GAA and a 0.924 save percentage in 39 games, including a 1.58 GAA and 0.940 save percentage in his 20 starts after Christmas. Four of his six shutouts came against Hockey East opponents, giving him a conference-record nine for his career. Howard's collegiate career ended with a 1-0 overtime loss to Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA tournament, despite his 37 saves.
After earning the Hockey East Rookie of the Year Award in 2003, Howard enjoyed a 2003-04 sophomore campaign that ranked among the best in Division I history. He set NCAA single-season records with a 1.19 GAA and a 0.956 save percentage, and was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and NCAA East Second-Team All-American.
Howard is expected to dress for the Griffins this Friday, Oct. 28, when they host the Iowa Stars at 7 p.m.