Adam Almqvist bursted onto the scene during Training Camp and the preseason before the start of the 2013-14 NHL season. The Detroit Red Wings drafted the 5’11″ left-handed defenseman, Almqvist, in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
The young defender showed he had a knack on the offensive side of the puck and had a few big blasts on the power play in the preseason against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which earned him the nickname of Atom Bombquist.
Almqvist started the year with the Grand Rapids Griffins, but when Brendan Smith went down due to injury in November, the Detroit Red Wings recalled Adam Almqvist to play in two regular season games.
Almqvist ended up being a minus one in those two games with Detroit, but was only directly involved in one for the goals against scored by the Winnipeg Jets when the puck became trapped in his skates before the Jet swept it into the net.
Despite the fact that the Winnipeg Jets scoring two goals against the Detroit Red Wings when Almqvist was on the ice, he was able to score his first NHL goal against the Dallas Stars by creeping down into the slot and snapping a shot past Kari Lehtonen.
Unfortunately that might be the last goal Adam Almqvist scores in a Red Wings jersey. He was sent back down to Grand Rapids after the Dallas game and led all Griffins’ defenders with fifty-three points in seventy-three games played.
Almqvist talked to the Swedish newspaper Expressen and said,
“Everyone wants to play in the NHL. I have played two seasons in the AHL now and it is not the goal to play there again. It’s not a bad league at all, but I feel I want ahead and take new steps.”
“HV is always an option. But that said, I do not know where I will play next season.We’ll see.”
The Detroit Red Wing are deep on the defensive side of the puck, which might be a factor in Almqvist possibly leaving North America to play in the Swedish Hockey League. Since Almqvist was called up to Detroit in November, he watched: Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, and Alexey Marchenko join the Red Wings during the season.
Adam Almqvist is a restricted free agent, which means the Red Wings will retain his rights in the NHL if he leaves to play in the SHL next season, as long as they tender him to a qualifying offer.
Hopefully Almqvist does not leave North America and continues to develop his game in Grand Rapids or Detroit next season.