As the Red Wings prepare for the Bruins on Wednesday night, they had Thomas Vanek back in practice and strong indications that he would be able to return to the lineup against the Bruins. Those indications get even stronger now with this press release from the team
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Wade Megan to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Megan, 28, has appeared in six games for the Red Wings this season after making his Detroit debut on Nov. 1 vs. New Jersey, totaling two penalty minutes, nine shots on goal, three hits and a 64.7 faceoff percentage in 8:00 average time on ice. He has appeared in 10 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues and Red Wings since 2016-17, scoring a goal with St. Louis in his NHL debut on Dec. 22, 2016 at Tampa Bay. The sixth-year pro has also skated in eight games for the Griffins after joining the organization as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018, recording four points (2-2-4) and six penalty minutes. Megan has appeared in 334 AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage, Portland Pirates, Chicago Wolves and Griffins, totaling 157 points (80-77-157), a plus-25 rating and 230 penalty minutes. He was an AHL First-Team All-Star in 2017 with Chicago after winning the Willie Marshall Award for leading the league in goals with 33.
Originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Megan also logged 21 professional games in the ECHL, racking up 27 points (17-10-27) with the Cincinnati Cyclones from 2013-15, in addition to 13 points (10-3-13) in 22 postseason games. Prior to turning professional, the Canton, N.Y., native attended Boston University from 2009-13, picking up 83 points (49-34-83) and 161 penalty minutes in 151 games and serving as captain of the Terriers as a senior in 2012-13.
It’s no guarantee he’ll stay down, but the Thanksgiving holiday and the Griffins being off until Friday (not to mention the difference in pay for Megan on a day he’s on an NHL roster versus the AHL), it makes sense to go ahead and send him down if you’re getting Vanek back in time for Boston.