The Detroit Red Wings 2020-21 season is underway at Little Caesars Arena, and the Grand Rapids Griffins are about to start training camp. That being said, defenseman Donovan Sebrango was given an amateur tryout ahead of training camp at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Steve Kaminski of MLive reported that the Red Wings extended the offer to Sebrango, who will get a shot to make the American Hockey League(AHL) roster for the 2020-21 season. For those wondering who Sebrango is, he was a third-round selection of the Red Wings from last fall’s 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Sebrango is a Canadian-born defenseman who was supposed to play his 2020-21 season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) until he was shipped out to the Slovakian league, where he logged five games. He was likely shipped out after a bodychecking ban changed the dynamic of the OHL.
He is projected to be a two-way defenseman who is smart on when to pinch or make the jump to make something happen in the offensive zone. There is a lot of potential there, but he is still raw; this tryout might be a chance for him further his development with the Griffins.
The Detroit Red Wings selected Donovan Sebrango in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, and now he gets a chance to make the AHL roster.
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So far, Donovan Sebrango has only logged five games in 2020-21 with HK Levice of the Slovakian league. In five games, Sebrango has one goal and two assists for three points. Astonishingly, Sebrango logged 50 penalty minutes.
According to EliteProspects, these numbers are accurate, but 50 penalty minutes would mean that Sebrango is averaging a 10-minute misconduct each of his five games in the Slovakian league.
Sebrango might need the switch up and transfer back to the Griffins, where his tryout is slated. In 2019-20, Sebrango played for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, where he logged 56 games played, totaling six goals and 24 assists with 30 total points.
To note, he had 33 penalty minutes during this 56-game stint, compared to his 50 penalty minutes in just five games.
But for now, he will try to make the roster and start making an impact in the minors working on his development. If he can settle in with the Griffins, it should bode well for his development, playing alongside some of the other Red Wings young defenders in Grand Rapids.
The Detroit Red Wings have their 2020-21 season underway, but the Grand Rapids Griffins are about to get their training camp underway, and Donovan Sebrango will look to settle into the defense core.