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Red Wings sign Nicastro

The Detroit Red Wings have signed their third round pick (91st overall) in the 2008 Draft to a three-year entry-level contract. Former Boston University defenseman Max Nicastro is expected to join the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2012-13 season following an eventful year for the Thousand Oaks, California native. If the name rings a non-hockey […]

Wings not on Schultz’s short list

On Monday morning, Anaheim Ducks draft pick Justin Schultz became an unrestricted free agent, thanks to a loophole in the CBA that allows players who went to college after playing minor juniors decide their own fate (for some reason). It had become clear he was not interested in joining the Ducks and that there would […]

Potential Bonus Draft Picks

Each year, after the NHL Draft, the Red Wings (and all the other teams in the league) invite a handful of undrafted free agents to their rookie and/or main training camps. It’s via this method that the Wings signed undrafted talent like Brian Lashoff, Willie Coetzee, Trevor Parkes, and Brent Raedeke. You shouldn’t expect this […]

Red Wings Draft Recap

It was an eventful weekend in Pittsburgh. Not necessarily for the Detroit Red Wings, but for the league as a whole, and for me personally. I love the Draft and spend far too many hours getting acquainted with as many guys as possible just in case they’re selected by the Red Wings. I had a […]

RIP Bryan Rufenach

The Detroit Red Wings’ seventh round pick in 2007 has passed away. Bryan Rufenach, a defenseman who had been playing for the Toledo Walleye, died while traveling in Europe. No additional details were shared. After four seasons at Clarkson University, the Red Wings opted not to sign him to an entry-level contract, instead hooking him […]

Red Wings sign, call-up Riley Sheahan

After three years at Notre Dame, Riley Sheahan signed an amateur tryout with the Grand Rapids Griffins last week. In a handful of games for the Wings’ top affiliate, he was able to score a goal and add an assist, and assistant general manager Jim Nill mentioned that the Wings were close to signing the […]

Griffins loading up

The American Hockey League provides some excellent opportunities for their NHL counterparts’ cupboard of prospects. Not only is it the top developmental league in the world — and provides the springboard for so many future NHLers — it allows for players to sign professional and amateur tryouts at the end of the season (or at […]

Red Wings sign Sproul & Ouellet

On Sunday morning, the Red Wings announced the signing of a pair of defensemen drafted this past June. Ryan Sproul, of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, and Xavier Ouellet, of the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL, have signed three-year entry-level deals. The team had until June of 2013 to get them under […]

You should be excited about Gustav Nyquist

The Wings’ late round draft record is no secret. They unearth gems like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Tomas Holmstrom in the sixth, seventh, and tenth rounds — respectively. We’re reminded of that fact every few days, particularly when we’re stuck watching an opponent’s feed on Center Ice. In June of 2008, fresh off of […]

Sheahan leaves Notre Dame, joins Griffins

The Red Wings first round draft pick in 2010 (21st overall) has left the Fighting Irish and will join the Grand Rapids Griffins on an amateur try-out contract. Three seasons of collegiate hockey is usually what the Wings expect out of their draft picks, and Sheahan has proven to be no different. In joining the […]