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The Red Wings’ minor league affiliates in Grand Rapids (AHL) and Toledo (ECHL) both began their seasons this past weekend, with both clubs skating in front of capacity crowds on the outskirts of Hockeytown.

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After suffering a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena on Friday night, the Griffins earned a point during a 4-3 shootout loss to Hamilton on Saturday to move into a tie with Rockford for third place in the Midwest Division (click HERE for video highlights). Jeff Hoggan and Landon Ferraro currently lead Grand Rapids in scoring with 1G-1A-2P apiece while goaltender Tom McCollum has posted a 2.77 GAA and 0.917 thus far on the young season. The Griffins will head east for a two-game road trip this coming weekend, battling the Americans in Rochester on Friday night prior to taking on the Marlies in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. Both of these games will be broadcast live on 1300 AM in Grand Rapids.

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The Walleye, meanwhile, got off to a strong start to their season on Saturday by earning a 4-1 victory in front of 8,000 fans at the Huntington Center. Highly-touted goaltending prospect Petr Mrzaek made 33 saves in his professional debut, picking up First Star of the Game honors in the process. Former Western Michigan star Max Campbell scored two goals in the home victory while linemates Andrej Nestrasil (1G-2A) and Travis Novak (0G-2A) also turned in multi-point performances. Toledo will next face the Cincinatti Cyclones on Friday night in Toledo (click HERE for tickets).

October 17, 2012

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WATCH VIDEO: Comerica Bank Prospect Report - Smith
This week Ken Kal sits down with Red Wings 1st Round Draft Pick Brendan Smith to talk about what makes him so valuable to this organization.

In addition to Toledo and Grand Rapids, the Red Wings have prospects competing in leagues all over the world this season. Here is a look at how some of those players are performing thus far:

Martin Frk James de Haas
Xavier Ouellet Nick Jensen
Philippe Hudon Ben Marshall
Andreas Athanasiou Calle Jarnkrok
Alan Quine Mattias Bäckman
Ryan Sproul Rasmus Bodin
Jake Paterson Teemu Pulkkinen
Marek Tvrdon Alexei Marchenko
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