Jared McIsaac re-signs with the Detroit Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings elected to bring back defenseman Jared McIsaac, signing him to a one-year, two-way contract.

McIsaac, 23, will return to the Wings organization after being drafted in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (36th overall). He will be back in Grand Rapids for his third full season.

This past season, McIsaac played a total of 61 games, with three goals and 19 assists for a total of 22 points and 30 penalty minutes. In 2021, he played the most games in a season professionally, playing 70 games and putting up five goals, 19 assists, and 24 total points.

Jared McIsaac has been injury riddled since being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings.

When drafted in the second round in 2018 by the Detroit Red Wings, there was a lot of hope for McIsaac to be one of the defensemen of the future for the organization. In his draft year, McIsaac put up nine goals, 38 assists, and 47 points in the QMJHL for the Halifax Mooseheads and followed that up with a season of 62 total points in 53 games for the Mooseheads.

But the injury bug would hit McIsaac and limit him to 28 games in the 2019-20 season due to shoulder surgery. It once again hit him in the 2020-21 season where he was loaned out to HPK Hameenlinna of the SM-Liga. In his first game for HPK, McIsaac ended up with a similar injury to the one he suffered in 2019, but on the opposite shoulder and was on the shelf for most of the season.

The latest two injuries McIsaac has suffered came while being part of the Detroit Red Wings organization. In the final weeks of the 2018 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, McIsaac sprained his AC joint in his shoulder and was shut down for the remainder of the season.

The latest injury that McIsaac sustained came in the 2021 prospects tournament in Traverse City against Columbus on a questionable hit where he lost consciousness and had to be stretchered off the ice. Luckily everything checked out, and there was no serious injury from the incident.

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The Red Wings are hopeful that McIsaac can get back to full health, stay there, and prove himself in Grand Rapids for another full season and possibly give them further depth on the defensive side of the ice. Here’s to hoping and wishing Jared McIsaac a healthy and successful upcoming season.