Eight changes made to Griffins roster

Griffins nearing full strength as playoffs approach

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday assigned forwards Matt Lorito, Tomas Nosek and Ben Street and defenseman Robbie Russo to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Red Wings also reassigned forward Zach Nastasiuk from the Griffins to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. The Griffins, meanwhile, recalled goaltender Cal Heeter and forward Mathew Santos from Toledo and released forward Dominik Shine from his amateur tryout. 

Lorito debuted with Detroit last Saturday and logged an assist during the Red Wings’ 3-2 overtime loss versus Montreal. Lorito averaged 14:26 of ice time and added six shots while playing in his first two NHL contests over the weekend.

Nosek made his season debut with the Red Wings on March 20 and skated in a total of 11 games this year. He notched his first NHL goal on March 28 at Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound center has appeared in 17 games with Detroit.

Street made his Red Wings debut on March 28 at Carolina. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center skated in six games in Detroit, showing one assist and a plus-one rating.

An alternate captain with the Griffins, Street has skated in 57 games and is tied for the team lead with 54 points while placing second in both goals (25), power play goals (10) and assists (29). Street’s 54 points also tie for 19th in the AHL.

Russo made his debut on March 7 at Toronto. The 24-year-old logged 19 games during his first NHL action, tallying a plus-two rating and two PIM.

A 2017 AHL All-Star Classic participant, Russo has skated in 56 games this season in Grand Rapids and ranks second among team defensemen in scoring with 31 points (7-24—31). The 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman also places among the team’s leaders with a plus-14 rating (T3rd), 24 assists (T8th) and 115 shots (T8th). 

Heeter, 28, has won 10 of 12 games in Grand Rapids this season. If he met the minutes requirement, the 6-foot-4 netminder would rank among the AHL’s leaders with a 2.07 goals against average (T4th) and a 0.933 save percentage (2nd).

Reeling off eight consecutive victories to begin the 2016-17 campaign with the Walleye, Heeter is 14-2-0 in 17 games in Toledo while totaling a 2.99 GAA and a 0.897 save percentage.

The playoff-bound Griffins return to Van Andel Arena on Wednesday to host Charlotte and longtime Grand Rapids netminder Tom McCollum at 7 p.m.

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