October 2012 Grand Rapids Griffins Report
New Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill has his hands full trying to turn this team from outsider to playoff contender this season. Some of his challenges include erasing the team's reputation for not playing a full 60 minutes and getting the team to play together instead of as individuals which happened too often last season. He has already made strong inroads to the latter as the team appears to be playing as a unit with a plan. Unfortunately the other part has not been evident yet and has cost the team on several occasions. The clubs' offense is off and running with Nyquist, Tatar, Ferraro and Billins leading the way but the defense needs some help. Super rookie Petr Mrazek has been recalled from Toledo to help give the team some goaltending after last season's incumbents were unable to get that done.