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Red Wings assign Evgeny Svechnikov to Griffins

Young gun Evgeny Svechnikov should be healthy and ready to play for the Griffins immediately.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Red Wings have announced they have assigned forward Evgeny Svechnikov to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the team confirmed Thursday.

Svechnikov has missed significant time due to a neck injury. He did not play in the final three games of the preseason, and has yet to play in the AHL or NHL this season. This, of course, is great news for both the Griffins and Red Wings. The AHL club will get one of their best young scorers back, and the Red Wings will gain some extremely valuable depth in case another injury is to occur.

Geno had hopes of making the NHL club out of camp, but the injury stalled that reality, along with a logjam of other reasons. There’s a good chance he will draw into the Griffins lineup within the next game or two.

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The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday assigned forward Evgeny Svechnikov to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Svechnikov has yet to make his 2017-18 season debut due to injury.

Detroit’s first choice, 19th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Svechnikov ranked fourth among AHL rookies in points with 51 (20-31—51) in 74 games during his first full professional season in 2016-17. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound winger added 12 points (5-7—12) while skating in all 19 postseason contests and helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup. Svechnikov averaged 13:08 of ice time in his two appearances with the Red Wings, debuting on April 3 at Ottawa to become the 164th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL.

The Griffins take on the IceHogs in Rockford Friday at 8 p.m. EDT before returning to Van Andel Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, when they will host the Hershey Bears for the first time since the 2005-06 season.