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Red Wings assign four to Griffins

Grand Rapids looks to defend 2013 Calder Cup Championship

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 11:00 AM ET / Press Release
By Kyle Kujawa  - Detroit Red Wings Public Relations Coordinator
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Red Wings assign four to Griffins

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan, defenseman Xavier Ouellet and goaltender Jake Paterson to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Jurco, 21, split his second professional season between Detroit and Grand Rapids, recording 15 points (8-7-15) in 36 regular-season games with the Red Wings after making his NHL debut on Dec. 15 versus Tampa Bay. The native of Kosice, Slovakia, also skated in 32 games with the Griffins and was leading the team with 32 points (13-19-32) at the time of his call-up. Jurco also represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, notching one goal in four games. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (35th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2, 193-lb., forward played a big role in the Griffins’ 2013 Calder Cup championship, tying for the AHL postseason scoring lead with 14 points (8-6-14) in 24 games.

Sheahan, 22, skated in 42 NHL games this season and tied for 24th among league rookies with 24 points (9-15-24). The St. Catharines, Ontario, native also appeared in 31 games for the Griffins, tallying 18 points (8-10-18). A first-round pick of Detroit (21st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Sheahan logged 72 games for Grand Rapids in 2012-13, notching 36 points (16-20-36). He also led the team in assists during the postseason and tied for first among AHL rookies with 16 points (3-13-16) in 24 games.

Ouellet, 20, appeared in four regular-season and one playoff game with the Red Wings after making his NHL debut on Oct. 21 versus San Jose. The Bayonne, France, native also skated in 70 AHL games with the Griffins this season, notching 17 points (4-13-17) and 22 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet skated in 223 QMJHL games with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada from 2009-13 prior to turning professional, tallying 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 200-lb., blueliner was also named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships last season.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Paterson has appeared in 142 games with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit since 2010-11, compiling a 70-54-12 record with a 3.44 goals against average, a 0.904 save percentage and four shutouts. He also appeared in 21 career OHL postseason games, showing a 7-14 record, a 3.89 goals against average and a 0.890 save percentage. The 19-year-old netminder recently capped off his third full season with the Spirit with a 24-18-2 record, a 3.41 goals against average and a 0.906 save percentage. Originally drafted by Detroit in the third round (80th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Paterson joined the Griffins at the conclusion of Saginaw’s season but has yet to make his first professional appearance.

Up 2-0 in their best-of-five, first-round series, the Griffins will continue their defense of the Calder Cup as the series shifts to Grand Rapids, with the first of three potential home games coming this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 56 30 20 6 163 150 66
5 DET 56 29 18 9 138 134 67
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89