DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Hicketts, 21, is in his second professional season, appearing in 43 games with the Griffins and registering eight points (2-6-8) and 26 penalty minutes. In his rookie season with Grand Rapids, the Kamloops, British Columbia, native led the team’s defensemen with 34 points (7-27-34) in 73 games, which ranked seventh among first-year AHL defensemen. Hicketts also led the Griffins in postseason scoring after registering eight points (1-7-8) in 19 games en route to helping the team capture its second AHL championship in five seasons. In 116 career AHL games, he has produced 42 points (9-33-42), 66 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating.
Originally signed by the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent in September 2014, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound defenseman spent four seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals from 2012-16, serving the last two years as the team’s captain and posting back-to-back 60-point seasons. Hicketts totaled 173 points (32-141-173), 149 penalty minutes and a plus-69 rating in 224 games with the Royals and was a WHL West Second-Team All-Star in 2015 and First-Team All-Star in 2016. Internationally, Hicketts represented Canada twice at the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning gold in 2015 and serving as an alternate captain for the team in 2016 while totaling six points (1-5-6) in 12 games over the two tournaments. He also earned medals at three other tournaments for his country, winning gold at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, picking up a silver at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and earning bronze at the 2014 World Under-18 Championship.
It's not clear right now whether Justin Abdelkader or birthday boy Darren Helm will hit injured reserve to make this space, or if it will be Trevor Daley, who was injured Saturday against Carolina. We will update as soon as we learn.
#RedWings Blashill said Hicketts will make NHL debut tomorrow at @NJDevils Wouldn’t reveal who he’ll be paired with. Said doesn’t know how long he’ll be with team. Daley (lower body injury) out next 2 days. Possible Thursday, more likely after the All-Star break.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 21, 2018
Injury update, per Blashill:— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 21, 2018
Daley out Monday and Tuesday, questionable for Thursday. Glendening possible to return Tuesday. Abby possible to return Thursday. Helm likely after All-Star break.