The Detroit Red Wings’ taxi squad received a facelift.
The Red Wings on Tuesday assigned forward Mathias Brome and defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Gustav Lindstromto the reserve unit from the AHL’s Grand Rapid Griffins. The Red Wings, coming off their best all-around performance Sunday, were scheduled to face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
The trio adds youth and depth to the Red Wings’ roster. The moves also position Brome, Cholowski and Lindstrom to step into the NHL lineup if General Manager Steve Yzerman can pull off one or, as expected, several trades before Monday’s deadline.
A rookie who impressed Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill during training camp, Brome, 26, struggled offensively, registering just one goal in 24 early-season appearances.
After his March 29 demotion, Brome skated in two games with the Griffins and collected a goal and an assist.
Return of the Red Wings Defensemen
Cholowski, a 2016 first-round draft pick, appeared to be skating with more confidence with the Griffins. In 13 appearances, the 23-year-old offensive defenseman collected three goals among 10 points.
Cholowski, who appeared in two Red Wings’ games earlier this season, also gained experience playing the point on many of the Griffins’ power plays.
Competing in his second season with the Griffins, Lindstrom, 22, returns to Detroit after dressing for 16 games for the Red Wings during 2019-20.
A 2017 second-round draft choice by the Red Wings, Lindstrom compiled three assists and eight penalty minutes in 13 games for the Griffins, who are scheduled to cap a six-game road trip Friday at the Cleveland Monsters.
The Griffins (8-6-2-0), who are in third place in the Central Division, are coming off last Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Monsters. Brome scored with 43 seconds left in the first period, giving the Griffins a short-lived 2-0 advantage. The Griffins allowed three second-period goals in the loss.