Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski finding success in Grand Rapids

(Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
(Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Detroit Red Wings were hoping that defenseman Dennis Cholowski would be able to settle in nicely as a defenseman for the organization. The stars have not quite aligned for him at the NHL level, but he has been able to thrive in Grand Rapids early on in 2020-21.

Cholowski is stationed with the Grand Rapids Griffins and has been for seven games now. Detroit Red Wings beat writer for The Athletic, Max Bultman, tweeted out that the organization hoped Cholowski would be able to run an “elite” power play.

He has not had the ideal start to his career that the Red Wings had hoped for, however, there is a good chance things could change if things have finally clicked for him. If Cholowski can prove he is worthy of making the jump to the NHL level at Grand Rapids the Red Wings could be in for a surprise.

Cholowski needs to have a major breakout in the NHL with the Red Wings if he wants to truly settle in. In his third year with the Red Wings organization, a lot needs to change for him to truly be a reliable defenseman for the organization.

The Detroit Red Wings are hoping the success that Dennis Cholowski has found in Grand Rapids will translate.

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In 2019-20, Cholowski played in 36 games at the NHL level where he scored two goals and added six assists for eight total points.

The real tragedy of Cholowski’s play came from being minus-26 on the season for the Red Wings.

While yes, the team was horrifically bad in 2019-20, Cholowski looked like a pylon in the defensive zone and needed to show some changes before he got another chance. His first two go-around’s with the Red Wings have not been ideal whatsoever.

Maybe this sounds like a broken record, but Cholowski showing prowess with the Griffins means he could look to translate that to the NHL level.

Cholowski has played in seven games with the Griffins where he has added three goals and five assists for eight total points.

He is tied for the second-highest amount of points on the Griffins early on in the 2020-21 season. Cholowski has gotten off to a good start with the Griffins and if he is promoted he will look to iron things out with the Red Wings.

If Cholowski spends the entire 2020-21 season playing at the AHL level there could be hope that he is able to develop his defensive side for the next time he gets up to the NHL level.

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The Red Wings should hope that Cholowski can finally become the defensemen that he was hoped to be when he was drafted by the Red Wings.