Detroit Red Wings prospect Dennis Cholowski will join the team’s top farm club in the coming week.
Cholowski’s junior team, the Portland Winterhawks, was eliminated from the Western Hockey League playoffs Friday, losing its second-round series 4-1 to Everett. Cholowski had five goals among seven points in 12 playoff games. He split the regular season between Portland and Prince George, packing 66 points into 69 games.
The Wings drafted the defenseman 20th overall in 2016.
Cholowski, 20, is expected to report to Grand Rapids maybe as early as Tuesday. The Griffins will start defense of their Calder Cup with a best-of-5 series against the Manitoba Moose (a schedule has not yet been released).
The team that ousted Cholowski moves on to play in a WHL conference final against Tri-City. The Americans are home to the Wings’ 2017 first-round pick, Michael Rasmussen. He is having a standout postseason, with 24 points in eight games.