Round 1 playoff awards for the Grand Rapids Griffins

With the sun setting on round 1 of the playoffs, here are a few awards for certain Grand Rapids Griffins players and why.
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Mr. Clutch: Jonatan Berggren

Need I say more?

Fine, Jonatan Berggren shows again why he’s an invaluable piece of the future Detroit Red Wings team. Lucas Raymond, you might have some company at the top of the “Mr. Clutch” list.

The goals he scores aren’t lucky or one-offs. He knows exactly where to be. When he’s not afraid to let it go, he has the goods to back up his shot. It’s accurate, methodical, and effective.

Regardless of how Berggren feels about being called a goal scorer, he has a knack for finding the back of the net with regularity. I wish he would have confidence in himself, as he deserves to being a talented, hard-working player.

The offensive output is impressive, but even more impressive is Berggren’s dedication to the game. He was hacked, whacked, cross-checked, tripped, held, hooked, and everything else imaginable. I’m sure there were choice words for the referees and opponent, but Berggren handled the adversity impeccably. 

Just as Dory suggests, he just keeps swimming. Dancing across the ice, making plays and even killing plays in the defensive zone, I see Berggren’s dedication paying off for both him and his team. 

Berggren finished the first round with a team-leading 5 total points (3 goals, 2 assists), impressive for a non-goal scorer. As Andrew Rinaldi points out above, all 3 were game winning goals. In a best of 5 series, I’m not sure there’s anything more clutch.

The hardest thing to earn in sports is this.... dark. Next. May 6