Detroit Red Wings finalize roster, taxi squad
Detroit – The Red Wings finally announced their final line-up – with no major surprises.
The tension, if any, concerned the taxi squad.
The Wings will have two goalkeepers, Calvin Pickard and Kevin Boyle, along with defenders Dennis Cholowski and Gustav Lindstrom, and forwards Givani Smith and Michael Rasmussen, who is new to the NHL this season due to the pandemic and who will likely have to commute players in and out of the lineup.
The Wings open the NHL season on Thursday with a game against Carolina. The two teams will play a Little Caesars Arena again on Saturday.
The wings had Tuesday off but resumed training on Wednesday.
The roster for the opening night is sorted here according to position groups:
► Forward: Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Bobby Ryan, Robby Fabbri, Filip Zadina, Vladislav Namestnikov, Valtteri Filppula, Sam Gagner, Mathias Brome, Luke Glendening, Frans Nielsen and Adam Erne are listed.
► Defender: Danny DeKeyser, Filip Hronek, Marc Staal, Patrik Nemeth, Troy Stecher, Jon Merrill and Alex Biega.
► Goalkeeper: Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss.
Unable to play the full camp, striker Darren Helm and defenders Christian Djoos and Jared McIsaac have been declared non-squad players.
Ryan is another player who hasn’t been able to train in the past few days but may be ready to start the regular season.
The intriguing news on Tuesday was Evgeny Svechnikov’s return to the organization.
The earlier election in the first round – like the other Red Wings players that were released on Monday – was not taken and will remain in the organization.
Svechnikov was sent to Grand Rapids.
The 24-year-old Svechnikov, the 2015 Wings draft pick, appeared to have injured his arm during the first intrasquad scrimmage on January 5th, but was on the ice for training on Monday.
Svechnikov has played in 20 games in three seasons with the Wings with four points (two goals). Svechnikov missed the entire 2018-19 season after tearing up an ACL in the Wings’ last exhibition game.
In 51 games with Grand Rapids last season, Svechnikov had 11 goals and 14 assists but was occasionally hampered by the knee.
Along with Svechnikov, the Griffins were assigned strikers Riley Barber, Kyle Criscuolo, Turner Elson, Taro Hirose, Chase Pearson and Dominic Turgeon. Defense attorneys Joe Hicketts, Brian Lashoff, and Dylan McIlrath; and goalkeeper Kaden Fulcher.
These Griffins players will soon start skating informally at Grand Rapids before Griffins training camp kicks off later this month. The Griffins are slated to start the American Hockey League season on February 5th.