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Prospect Links: Griffins Winning Weekend, Bertuzzi Contract, & More Hicketts Praise

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Little Bert is so excited and he just can't hide it.
Little Bert is so excited and he just can't hide it.
Bruce Bennett

The Griffins swept the Checkers in Charlotte this weekend, Tyler Bertuzzi signed a contract with the Wings and is hot hot hot, while Joe Hicketts continues to impress everyone and show why the Wings decided to sign him. Let's get to the links!

Griffins @ Checkers 10.17.14 Box Score

The Griffins beat the Checkers 2-1 on the strength of goals from Teemu Pulkkinen and Xavier Ouellet, while Petr Mrazek made 18 saves.

GRIFFINS HOLD CHARLOTTE IN CHECK Griffins re-cap

There were no official highlights for this game, but We All Bleed Red has the Griffins goal for us.

Xavier Ouellet joins the rush and gets the goal - Grand Rapids Griffins - YouTube

Teemu Pulkkinen the right hand shot on the power play we deserve - YouTube

Griffins @ Checkers 10.18.14 Box Score The Griffins beat the Checkers 4-1 with Teemu Pulkkinen, Kevin Porter, and Andy Miele all scoring power play goals and Jeff Hoggan notching an even strength goal. Thomas McCollum made 21 saves and we had four fights with Colin Campbell, Chris Bruton, Andreas Athanasiou, and Kevin Porter all dropping the gloves.

Teemu Pulkkinen has 3 goals and 4 points in only 4 games and leads the team in both categories. He's tied for the 2nd most PP goals in the AHL (2). He loves to shoot the puck & has already accumulated an AHL leading 18 shots on goal in only 4 games. He had 13 just in these two games against the Checkers. He and Tomas Nosek seem to be developing some nice chemistry together playing on the top line along with Mitch Callahan. Pulkkinen continues to get better and my goodness on the power play he's money in the bank.

GRIFFINS USE MAN ADVANTAGE TO TOP CHECKERS Griffins re-cap

I put together some video highlights from the game Saturday night.

Detroit Red Wings' Stephen Weiss returns, happy 'to play without pain'
At the end of the article there's a note that while Anthony Mantha's still on crutches while recovering from a fractured tibia, on Sunday he went to Grand Rapids to join his soon to be teammates. With the Wings playing six of their next eight games on the road, there's no reason for Mantha to sit in a hotel room all alone. As Holland said... " I want him around teammates. I want him to build some relationships, go for supper." That's the best action because not only will it benefit him to get to know his teammates, but it's better for his mental health as well.

Tyler Bertuzzi Named Guelph Storm Player of the Week for October 6-12
There's a sentence in this article that jumped out at me while wearing a Don Cherry suit with a flashing goal light on top.... "Bertuzzi notched a goal and an assist and showed why he is considered one of the top power forwards in the Ontario Hockey League." Tyler Bertuzzi has come a long way since he was drafted higher than anyone expected and he's starting to turn heads outside of the Wings universe. Keep an eye on this kid.

Detroit signs forward Tyler Bertuzzi to three-year deal - Detroit Red Wings - Press Release
The Wings signed Tyler Bertuzzi to his three-year entry level contract. The EL contract is a big vote of confidence from the organization and Bertuzzi has earned it.

Tyler Bertuzzi signs with Red Wings | Sudbury Star
Tyler Bertuzzi has matured and grown by leafs and bounds since the Wings drafted him and I'm excited to watch his continued growth and to see what he becomes.

Bertuzzi, Fabbri shine in win over Spirit
Tyler Bertuzzi has a goal and 3 assists in the Storm's 5-3 win over Jake Paterson and the Saginaw Spirit and was the 1st star of the game. Bertuzzi now has 11 points (4G 7A) in 8 games and leads his team in points.

Western Hockey League roster named for 2014 Subway Super Series - NHL.com - News The roster for the Western Hockey League team that will play against Russia in the 2014 Subway Super Series on Nov. 10-11 was announced Thursday and the Wings own Joe Hicketts has been chosen to represent the WHL. If you're not familiar with the Super Series, it's an annual 6 game exhibition tournament between an OHL all star team, a WHL all star team, a QMJHL all star team, and a team of Russian Junior players. The tournament will be Nov 10-20 and the CHL will try to defend their 2013 championship title. More Info on the series can be found here.

Victoria Royals vs Red Deer Rebels Box Score
Royals Captain Joe Hicketts had 3 assists (both on game tying goals) to give the Royals a 6-5 Overtime win. After the weekend, Hicketts is 2nd in scoring among all WHL defensemen, and is 2nd in scoring on his team. He has  14 points (4G 10A) in only 11 game and that's good for any player, nevermind the fact that he's a defenseman!                      Oct. 14/14 - Royals (6), Rebels (5) - O/T Video Highlights

Marc McNulty vs Sahvan Khaira Oct 17, 2014 & Wil Tomchuk vs Calvin Spencer Oct 17, 2014 - YouTube
Marc McNulty put on about 25 pounds since the start of last season and he used his 6'6" 210 pound frame to fight Khaira of the Seattle Thunderbirds. There were two simultaneous fight in this game, as you can see from the video.

Alexander Kadykin Assist on 10.16.14
Kadykin assisted on the game winner and here's the video proof- he's wearing #89.

Pucks and Pups 2014: 7th Annual Walk-a-thon - YouTube
The Grand Rapids Griffins take some time to visit Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary where they had a chance to mingle with fans and play with rescued canines. Here's your dose of Awwwwww for the day.

Unbeaten record on line against B.C. rivals - Kelowna Capital News
Defencemen Mitchell Wheaton (upper body) and forward James Wishnowski (upper body) are both out with longer-term injuries. This is bad news for Wheaton, who missed almost half of the 2012-2013 season before with a shoulder injury- He got hurt on Jan 24th and missed the rest of the season and the summer camps. Hopefully this is something that's not serious and he can get back to playing.