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Wings Cut Roster By 2, Send Chelios and Rybar to the Griffins

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Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Heading into its final pre-season game at 7pm tonight against the Toronto Marlies Maple Leafs, Detroit sent two players to the Grand Rapid Griffins: defenseman Jake Chelios and goaltender Patrik Rybar.

Detroit’s roster is currently at 38 players following these moves.

Defenseman Dennis Cholowski is not playing tonight, while the other young defensemen are. While this isn’t a guarantee that C-Lo (C-Low?) has made the opening night roster, it definitely looks like that’s the case.

With Trevor Daley unlikely to go on opening night, and Mike Green’s uncertain (to fans) timetable, it seems likely that one or more of the young defensemen in the lineup tonight will at least start the season in Detroit.

Forward Filip Zadina is playing tonight. Of course it’s impossible for us to know if the team has already made a decision on where he will start the season. If they haven’t yet, tonight will be the last chance for the 6th overall pick to make an impression.

Here is how the Red Wings roster currently looks. (* = camp invitee)

Red Wings Roster As of Sep 29 2018

# FORWARDS (31) POS S HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
# FORWARDS (31) POS S HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
8 Justin Abdelkader LW L 6-2 214 Muskegon, Michigan 2/25/87 2005 Draft (2/42)
11 Filip Zadina RW L 6-0 196 Pardubice, Czech Republic 11/27/99 2018 Draft (1/6)
14 Gustav Nyquist RW L 5-11 184 Halmstad, Sweden 9/1/89 2008 Draft (4/121)
15 Chris Terry LW L 5-10 197 Brampton, Ontario 4/7/89 Signed, 7/1/18
17 Colin Campbell + RW R 6-1 194 Pickering, Ontario 4/17/91 Professional Tryout
20 Jussi Jokinen * LW L 6-0 192 Kalajoki, Finland 4/1/83 Professional Tryout
22 Wade Megan C L 6-1 194 Canton, New York 7/22/90 Signed, 7/1/18
23 Dominic Turgeon C L 6-2 200 Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 2/25/96 2014 Draft (3/63)
26 Thomas Vanek RW R 6-2 214 Vienna, Austria 1/19/84 Signed, 7/1/18
27 Michael Rasmussen C L 6-6 221 Surrey, British Columbia 4/17/99 2017 Draft (1/9)
28 Luke Witkowski RW R 6-2 210 Holland, Michigan 4/14/90 Signed, 7/1/17
37 Evgeny Svechnikov RW L 6-3 212 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia 10/31/96 2015 Draft (1/19)
39 Anthony Mantha RW L 6-5 225 Longueuil, Quebec 9/16/94 2013 Draft (1/20)
41 Luke Glendening C R 5-11 192 Grand Rapids, Michigan 4/28/89 Signed, 7/5/13
42 Martin Frk RW R 6-1 205 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic 10/5/93 2012 Draft (2/49)
43 Darren Helm LW L 6-0 196 St. Andrews, Manitoba 1/21/87 2005 Draft (5/132)
46 Lane Zablocki RW R 6-0 190 Wetaskiwin, Alberta 12/27/98 2017 Draft (3/79)
48 Givani Smith RW L 6-2 206 Toronto, Ontario 2/27/98 2016 Draft (2/46)
49 Axel Holmstrom C L 6-1 219 Arvidsjaur, Sweden 6/29/96 2014 Draft (7/196)
51 Frans Nielsen C L 6-1 188 Herning, Denmark 4/24/84 Signed, 7/1/16
54 Matt Puempel LW L 6-1 205 Windsor, Ontario 1/24/93 Trade w/ NYR, 10/21/17
56 Dominik Shine + RW R 5-11 175 Pinckney, Michigan 4/18/93 Professional Tryout
57 Turner Elson + C L 6-0 195 New Westminster, B.C. 9/13/92 Signed, 7/1/17
58 David Pope LW L 6-3 198 Edmonton, Alberta 9/27/94 2013 Draft (4/109)
59 Tyler Bertuzzi LW L 6-1 190 Sudbury, Ontario 2/24/95 2013 Draft (2/58)
70 Christoffer Ehn C L 6-2 193 Skara, Sweden 4/5/96 2014 Draft (4/106)
71 Dylan Larkin C L 6-1 198 Waterford, Michigan 7/30/96 2014 Draft (1/15)
72 Andreas Athanasiou LW L 6-2 188 Woodbridge, Ontario 8/6/94 2012 Draft (4/110)
77 Matthew Ford + RW R 6-1 210 West Hills, California 10/9/84 Professional Tryout
81 Trevor Yates + C L 6-2 203 Beaconsfield, Quebec 3/6/95 Amateur Tryout
88 Carter Camper + C R 5-9 176 Rocky River, Ohio 7/6/88 Professional Tryout
# DEFENSEMEN (17) POS S HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
2 Joe Hicketts D L 5-8 180 Kamloops, British Columbia 5/4/96 Signed, 9/24/14
3 Nick Jensen D R 6-0 194 Rogers, Minnesota 9/21/90 2009 Draft (5/150)
4 Dylan McIlrath D R 6-5 236 Winnipeg, Manitoba 4/20/92 Trade w/ FLA, 3/1/17
21 Dennis Cholowski D L 6-1 195 Langley, British Columbia 2/15/98 2016 Draft (1/20)
24 Filip Hronek D R 6-0 170 Hradec Kralove, Czech Rep. 11/2/97 2016 Draft (2/53)
25 Mike Green D R 6-1 207 Calgary, Alberta 10/12/85 Signed, 7/1/15
29 Vili Saarijarvi D R 5-10 182 Rovaniemi, Finland 5/15/97 2015 Draft (3/73)
32 Brian Lashoff D L 6-3 219 Albany, New York 7/16/90 Signed, 10/1/08
47 Libor Sulak D L 6-2 207 Pelhrimov, Czech Republic 3/4/94 Signed, 5/24/17
52 Jonathan Ericsson D L 6-5 220 Karlskrona, Sweden 3/2/84 2002 Draft (9/291)
55 Niklas Kronwall D L 6-0 194 Stockholm, Sweden 1/12/81 2000 Draft (1/29)
62 Trevor Hamilton + D R 6-0 198 Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 3/17/95 Professional Tryout
65 Danny DeKeyser D L 6-3 192 Detroit, Michigan 3/7/90 Signed, 3/29/13
73 Marcus Crawford + D R 5-11 198 Ajax, Ontario 3/21/97 Amateur Tryout
83 Trevor Daley D L 5-11 195 Toronto, Ontario 10/9/83 Signed, 7/1/17
86 Mackenze Stewart * D L 6-3 240 Calgary, Alberta 8/10/95 Professional Tryout
# GOALIES (5) POS C HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
31 Harri Sateri G L 6-0 207 Toijala, Finland 12/29/89 Signed, 7/1/18
35 Jimmy Howard G L 6-1 218 Syracuse, New York 3/26/84 2003 Draft (2/64)
36 Kaden Fulcher G L 6-3 187 Brigden, Ontario 9/23/98 Signed, 10/3/17
45 Jonathan Bernier G L 6-0 184 Laval, Quebec 8/7/88 Signed, 7/1/18