The Detroit Red Wings have announced that Albin Grewe has been signed to an amateur tryout where he will join the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was a Red Wings selection from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on day two, where he was taken in the third round.
The twenty-year-old forward hails from Sweden and has bounced around a bit over the years. He is a winger who has a 6-foot, 176-pound frame and is looking to stick at the American Hockey League (AHL) level and continue working towards an NHL appearance with the Detroit Red Wings.
While it may be some time until that happens, it just shows that some of General Manager Steve Yzerman is finally seeing some of his prospects start to poke through. While the top prospects, Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider, are still over in the SHL (Though Raymond is on the shelf with an injury), Yzerman is seeing some of the other guys make strides.
While Grewe is just one prospect, seeing the development of these guys, even in a COVID-19 world where the seasons were all a bit jacked up, it makes me feel like the future will be pretty bright. Essentially, these prospects are still developing in tough circumstances, and as things go back to normal, they have a leg up in their development (ideally.)
Detroit Red Wings prospect Albin Grewe joining the Griffins for an amateur try-out signals a bright future.
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When it comes to Grewe himself, he is one of those players who can jolt out ahead of players and possibly carve a spot with the Griffins.
Best case scenario, he could stick around and start playing alongside some of the prospects who are currently in Grand Rapids working towards playing in the NHL.
In 2020-21, Grewe was supposed to give the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) a shot after being selected by the Saginaw Spirit in the draft.
However, COVID-19 threw a wrench in that, and he ended up back in native Sweden playing for Djurgårdens IF of the SHL, where he has spent the last couple of seasons.
So far this year, Grewe has logged 39 games where he only has three goals and three assists.
However, the hope is that he can be more effective with the Griffins. Grewe’s upside as a prospect would say that he is dynamic and can make things happen in the offensive zone.
In 2019-20, Grewe would play in 23 games in the U20 league, where he had scored six goals 13 assists for 19 total points. The thing to remember with Grewe is that he is young, very young, having just turned twenty years old.
The production and scoring may not be there right away, but the Red Wings organization obviously sees something they like, or they would not have brought in Grewe for this amateur try-out.
As Grewe looks to impress in Grand Rapids, it could be the signaling of a bright future as the team starts to see the products of Yzerman panning out.
Trust the Yzerplan.